It doesn’t take a genius to get Buddhism


Common to all these types [of religion] is the anthropomorphic character of their conception of God. In general, only individuals of exceptional endowments, and exceptionally high-minded communities, rise to any considerable extent above this level. But there is a third stage of religious experience which belongs to all of them, even though it is rarely found in a pure form: I shall call it cosmic religious feeling. It is very difficult to elucidate this feeling to anyone who is entirely without it, especially as there is no anthropomorphic conception of God corresponding to it.

The individual feels the futility of human desires and aims and the sublimity and marvelous order which reveal themselves both in nature and in the world of thought. Individual existence impresses him as a sort of prison and he wants to experience the universe as a single significant whole. The beginnings of cosmic religious feeling already appear at an early stage of development, e.g., in many of the Psalms of David and in some of the Prophets. Buddhism, as we have learned especially from the wonderful writings of Schopenhauer, contains a much stronger element of this

The religious geniuses of all ages have been distinguished by this kind of religious feeling, which knows no dogma and no God conceived in man’s image; so that there can be no church whose central teachings are based on it. Hence it is precisely among the heretics of every age that we find men who were filled with this highest kind of religious feeling and were in many cases regarded by their contemporaries as atheists, sometimes also as saints. . ~ Albert Einstein


6 thoughts on “It doesn’t take a genius to get Buddhism

  1. Dhamma is difficult to fathom for some of us, I can’t even get the point of John’s offering here – something to do with Buddhism? Wot? How unfair to write for genei only. But even Ananda had to be admonished by the Buddha when he became overly confident. Perhaps our John can share how he grapples with the following, how to unlock DO? It might help him get over being eternally bothered by God.The Law of Dependent Origination is a profound subject, it is the very essence of the Buddha’s Teachings, illustrated by a famous exchange between the Buddha and his personal attendant, Ananda. Ananda casually remarked that he thought it was an easy thing to understand. The Buddha responded by saying, ‘Not so Ananda, don’t ever say such a thing. It’s because people do not understand origination, that they are not able to penetrate it, that their minds are befuddled. Just as a ball of twine becomes all tangled up and knotted, just so are beings ensnared and unable to free themselves from the wheel of existence, the conditions of suffering and states of hell and ruin’./O\

  2. Einstein is often credited with quotes relating to Buddhism. It was a play on words.Dharma is only as hard as we make it. If you can’t get the philosophy, then sit, if you can’t sit then chant nembutsu, can’t chant then just live mindfully.Why make it difficult?What do I offer? A funny picture and an Einstein quote. Make it as worthless or as meaningful as you like. After all, I am just some dude stumbling through the Dharma.Nothing special.But if you would like some different reading material, my view of the Dharma and intelligence can be summed up with the story of Suddhipanthaka. If not familiar with it, I posted it on my other blog “Sweep the Dust Push the Dirt” (and if you put the title and story together…),

  3. Not defensive just explanatory. You asked a question and I did my best to provide an honest answer. I suspect that *is* what you were looking for?

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