The Case Against Buddhism?

I am too lazy to put up any original content today so I’ll leave you with this rant.  Listen to as much as you want and comment if it so pleases you.

Shoot, there goes all my work.  Sometimes, when I feel like being an ass and ranting on something…I view something like this.  Then I eat a sandwich.

Oh.  I can’t vouch for the language since my speakers aren’t working on my computer. 

Cheers,

John

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20 thoughts on “The Case Against Buddhism?

  1. “Those who proudly identify themselves as atheists or anti-theists” are his target audience. In other words, his main complaint appears to be that Buddhism does not cater to those who define themselves by their rejection of organized, Western religion.

    Well . . . duh?

    • I never assumed Buddhism to be theist. But then again I also never assumed it to be anti-theist either. When you define yourself solely by your rejection of something else, it seems to be a shallow way to live.

      I don’t think most atheists define themselves by a rejection of organized religion but rather by a acceptance of skepticism. A much healthier viewpoint in my opinion.

      Like the letter I posted yesterday – A lady was defining herself as a person that rejected Christianity rather than a person who accepted Buddhism thought.

      Cheers,

  2. I agree with Jack in the respect of belief in something coners one into a static view as much as not believing in something. Being dualistic, I see two camps of ‘atheists’; those who flast out reject the notion of God and those who hold a certain level of disdain for religion. I don’t think the two go hand in hand.

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  4. I am a Buddhist and Buddhism respects other belief systems. If someone becomes a Buddhist just so they can flaunt it in the face of people who have other belief systems, this is not what Buddhism is about and they have a long way to go if they want to be Buddhist. A true Buddhist who is striving for spirituality will accept the good that he finds in other faiths and not criticize the rest, but rather, he will respect it.

    • I agree. Isn’t humility and compassion two of the largest parts of Buddhist practice? Otherwise you are just increasing others suffering…

    • Not a very constructive response there. I suppose that was just a knee-jerk reaction.

      But it seems as though this guy went on the interwebs for about 20 minutes, got his atheist dander up about a few things, and then decided to rant and enlighten us all on what a bunch of bs Buddhism is, without actually researching anything, or really giving any honest effort to understand any of the teachings.

      The only point he made that actually made me think was the point about the monastaries and the peasants, though he left out how they were built and funded. I personally don’t have any idea how they were constructed or financed, but it certainly does make me wonder. I’ve always been against the construction of the huge mega-churches here in the US, as I think the real estate and $$ could be put to a much more constructive and humanitarian use.

  5. We need to get together again John. One thing I learned in the NKT is that they have a Buddhist answer to all the conundrums you mentioned in the video. Granted, some answers involve further BS but others make sense as long as you accept their original axioms of Tibetan Buddhist faith. They build a virtual tower of logic based on very few faith-based structures, but…. it is logical from their point of view. I can give you a stack of books that explain the population problem, the short life, the inequality problem etc.

    My own experience was that I couldn’t swallow such beliefs in a modern world and applying them was out of the question.

    Fun to rant and get it out of your system. I admire your guts.
    Beer?

    • Sure Don! I am always down for some Dharma Drinks! We can discuss some of the conundrums brought up in the video…although I must confess that it is not me in the video. 😀 Its some guy that looks like he is in his garage ranting on Buddhism.

      However, I will take you up on the beer and we can talk about some Buddhist-y topics.

      I generally don’t rant though…I am more a fan of putting forth my doubts and letting others put in their input. Rants like this tend to bring out an emotional knee-jerk responce that is just a waste of time.

      Three pillars of great practice are Great Faith, Great Doubt and Great Effort. With this guy, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad!

      Cheers,

      John

      shoot me an email or facebook me for when we can grab some beer and Dharma smilodectes[at]gmail[dot]com

  6. Ugh, I tried to watch some more of this and I couldn’t finish it. He obviously doesn’t even remotely have a grasp on Buddhism, even in its simplest teachings. While I admire his sarcasm, it does make me want to punch in him the nads.

    • Buddhism. “Like it or get punched in the ‘nads”. Its better than the Christian slogan – “Be like us or we kill you or knock on your door relentlessly or subversely undermine the public school system or push our iron-age morals onto you”.

  7. yes he is in a garage, but that shouldnt be used to evaluate his ideas. however, i do believe the broad brush he uses is barely broad enough to cover small parts of the buddhist universe. the last word of zen has not yet been spoken.

  8. The garage adds a certain air of authenticity. He reminds me of all the angry know-it-all gamers I’ve had the dubious pleasure of hanging out with over the years.

    The annoying faux-accent almost did it for me but I manged to make it another minute it or two.

    If Kyle’s printing shirts, I’m buying. This guy makes me want to punch him in the nads.

  9. You know what they say – crazy is fun to watch!

    Couldn’t bring myself to sit through his entire rant, but hey, if he wants spout off about his own misunderstandings in Grandma’s garage, well, I say let him.

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  11. Here’s the basis of Buddhism as I understand it. Let me know if any of it does not make sense:
    1. We live in a world where it is often not possible to get what we want and it is important to understand this. For instance, u might not get to buy your dream car or go on your dream vacation. There’s also stuff that’s more serious than that such as being diagnosed with cancer or losing a loved one. All of this is stuff that we have to understand can happen to anyone including ourselves so we’ve got to be prepared mentally. Everything around us in this world is continually changing so even if we’re currently happy that situation may change in the future. (This is my understanding of the first noble truth)
    2. The cause of most of our suffering is due to our incessant desire to escape that which we find saddening and to try and seek that which we find pleasing. There is only so much that we can grasp with our senses and everything we grasp is impermanent but yet we continuously seek to please our senses and get angered, bored, frustrated, etc, if we can’t find a way to do so. Mind you, this does not mean that pleasing your senses is bad or immoral. What it means is that this state of constant dissatisfaction is the underlying cause of human suffering. (my understanding of the 2nd noble truth)
    3.If there is some way in which we can find equanimity, such that we aren’t swayed by the things around us, this is what would bring true peace and happiness. This is MUCH easier said than done and requires years of practice and development of the mind. It is done by following a path that leads to the undoing of the causes of suffering called the noble eightfold path (my understanding of the 3rd noble truth)
    4. I’m not able to describe the entire noble eightfold path here but i can highlight several important points and how the path will light up your life instantaneously. Although the end result of the path, nirvana, may seem far away, there are unquestionable fruits of treading the path that you will see straight away. For instance, ‘right mindfulness’ advices you to stay in the present and not worry about the past or the future. Whenever you see your mind stray, you bring it back to the present. This is a GREAT way to eliminate anxiety and other negative emotions and to bring out the best in yourself. If you can train yourself to focus your mind and all your efforts on what you’re doing at the present moment, you can achieve great things. This is done through meditation. You bring yourself peace by developing the practice of giving and compassion as talked about under ‘right view’. There are many other fruits to following this path that I won’t elaborate on right now.

    This is my attempt to address the issues regarding the four noble truths that were raised in this video.

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