Re: Extro-Buddhism

Ian Goddard (
Sat, 03 Oct 1998 19:40:45 -0400

     At this [*] humanist site we find a studied analysis
     by Joseph McCabe on whether or not Buddha was an
     atheist, which concludes: "The real authorities 
     agree that Buddha was an atheist." 

     From chapter one of the book "The Humanist Way"

"Be ye lamps unto yoursleves. Work out your own
salvation," admonished the Buddha. ...Unlike the monotheistic prophets and reformers...[ Buddha ] put no stock in gods and saviours. Like the anci- ent Roman poet Lucretius, gautama the Buddha be- lieved that if the gods exist, they are of no con- cern to us. If anything, speculations about the gods distract us from what we must do to accomplish our primary psychological and spiritual task of self-mastery. The early followers of Buddha...take great pains to prevent the elevation of their Master [bad word] to the status of a divine being...
"If you meet the Buddha on the highway, kill him,"
goes a somewhat startling Buddhist proverb. But the harsh maxim drives home a vital truth: No holy prophet, messiah, christ, avatar, or even a great god in heaven can do your spiritual or ethical task for you. Free yourself. Be a lamp unto your own salvation!"

Albert Einstein on Buddhism:

"Buddhism has the characteristics of what would

     be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: 
     it transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and 
     theology; it covers both the natural & spiritual, 
     and it is based on a religious sense aspiring 
     from the experience of all things, natural 
     and spiritual, as a meaningful unity."


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