I should really name this article as “Why I haven’t given up on Buddhism…. yet”. This is my attempt at explaining the most complicated mess carted by the Western media and imperialistic forces that devoured the true Asian history. I have tried to explain the confusion on whether or not Buddhism a religion before. I make that side offline long time ago to make room for the current one. During that period of silence, my philosophical and ethical view on life have not changed. However, I have acquired new skills to explain the unexplainable to most close minded people on planet Earth.
Did you know that world first female Prime Minister was a Buddhist?
Cannot solve world problems, do not hide the facts
Well, I am not going to tell you if Buddhism and associated practices can be considered as religion and religious practices. I have given up on arguing against special interest groups such as UN, NGOs, Governments and individuals. Instead I will lay the facts in a simple point form list. It is up to you, the reader to decide how you should interpret it. At the end I will state my personal interpenetration of the fact which the Western societies trying so hard to alerted for their advantage.
- Buddhism is older than any form of current organized religion/philosophy.
- First developed by a man named Siddhartha Gautama over 2600 years ago.
- Siddhartha Gautama called himself, Buddha which implies his teachings were “Buddhism”.
- Buddha refuted and disagree with almost ALL forms of religious propaganda in 528 BCE including beliefs in mythical figure god(s).
- Buddhists have been misrepresented and prosecuted for simply refused to follow a mythical figure, god by people from almost all forms of religious backgrounds.
- It was the European imperialistic communities and the American CIA that classified Buddhism as a religion. In fact, most people in the Buddhist communities knew nothing about “rules” and “laws” that typically found in religions until the Western propaganda and media arrived in early 18 century.
- Buddhists are generally not anti-god, but anti-blind believers. Refuse everything and anything unless otherwise a prof is provided.
- Buddhism do not have rules, but principles. It also lacks punishment, but has consequences. For example, if you kill someone for fun, and now you cannot sleep at night because you get nightmares, that’s not punishment, it is a consequence of your actions. Did you know more than 90% of Americans and Canadians who own guys fear others more than those who don’t?
- Buddha was against covert conversion. He has refused to teach Buddhism to selected people such as young children who cannot make decisions for themselves.
- Buddha have refused to teach Buddhism on a grounds of wars. In other words, he has held back information that later turns out to be true to prevent conflicts. Even today Buddhist communities do this.
- Yes it is true, Buddhist psychological warfare can be more detrimental than the strength of entire NATO Forces. There are incidences in the modern history in which CIA and SIS senior officers have been driven to suicide for killing Buddhist monks in South Asia.
- Just because you practice Buddhism or visit the temple often, doesn’t make you a Buddhist.
- Buddhism place a significant weight on ethics and moral values that if you want to be a Buddhist, then behave like one!
- You cannot organize mass communities to commit harmful acts in Buddhism communities (et. terrorism), not because Buddhists are incapable of attacks, but because the standards of ethics are much stronger. It is difficult to a criminal to convert a Buddhist child into a criminal suicide bomber.
- Yes, Buddhists fight wars. Sometimes bloody wars and they often ended up winning too.
- Christians and Hindus have killed more Buddhists than the modern day so called “terrorism” which is coined AFTER September 11, 2011.
- Yes, Buddhists can have sex before marriage, perform abortions, receive an abortion, get married to one or million, etc. Social issues like these are not suppose to be part of the original form of Buddhism. However, Buddhism has guidelines if followed, abortion for example can be considered as bad Karma.
- Most Buddhists texts have been Scientifically carbon dated by the British, Japanese and the Germans.
- Yes, Buddhists can eat meat, kill animals, drink alcohol. That’s mean nothing to Buddhism because it has no rules. However, consequences comes with them are generally considered negative by the Buddha.
- Buddhist is extremely pro-feminist. Buddhists are more for equal rights than any other group in the history. Did you know that world first female Prime Minister was a Buddhist? Did you know that most Buddhist women were Engineers in 13-centurty when European women were sex slaves to their husbands and fathers? Why don’t you read that in your so called “democratically created” Canadian social studies textbooks?
- Original Buddhism (Indian) is/was 100% against materialism and capitalism.
- Buddhists develop ethics by long term practice, not by rules.
- It is proven without an issue that Buddhist meditations can significantly increase satisfaction in social and academic life.
- Buddhism is not against religions, but it is against the idea of creationism.
- Not not all Buddhists are the same. In fact, like religions, you will find so many different forms of divisions within Buddhism.
Well I can write more… these are few of the facts that most people either are too ignorant to admit or very misinformed by the Western propaganda.
Benefits outweigh the risks
religion is a treat to my Science
Being labeled as a “religious nut” or and “anti-creationist” could cause a lot of headcheese to some people. The best example of these labeling causing a wide spread misunderstandings would be the perception of Sri Lankan Buddhists in the Western world. The Christian extremism in the Government of Canada for example goes unnoticed while most media would point the finger against the Buddhist communities. This often overshadow all the good deeds Buddhists have contributed to the society.
I have experienced both positive and negative discrimination because the Buddhist ethics I acquired over time do get noticed by others. One of the well known fact is that Buddhist people have the best, if not one of the best form of work and relationship ethics. I have received recommendations for my work ethics from EVERY SINGLE company and institution I worked for in my entire life.
Finally I had enough… You can call me whatever you want. What really matter is what you think of yourself. By that logic, I consider myself as a non-believer or an atheist. I am glad that Buddhism mostly agrees with the Evolutionary Theory. In fact, I can safety say Buddhism has contributed to the modern day Evolutionary Theory. No, I do not consider Buddhism a religion nor that I am religious. I hate god and the very idea of religion is a treat to my Science. However, I personally found the benefits of Buddhist practices such as meditation and work ethics translate well into Canadian and other first world societies. The ethical and moral values of Buddhism cannot be replaced by any other system (It does not mean other systems are bad). While others my imitate over the years (eg. Christian Mediation), it is difficult to duplicate the same benefits by stripping “Buddhism” from “Buddhist ethics”.