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Atheism and Buddhism — Buddhism as an Atheistic Religion


I linked to this article in the comments to the preceding post.  It occurs to me that a) some folks might have questions in this regard, and b) that there may be someone in South Keokuk who hasn’t had the pleasure of discovering its author’s writing, which comprises the most lucid explanation of Buddhism that I’ve ever read.  Enjoy.

Buddhism is not about either believing or not believing in God or gods. Rather, the historical Buddha taught that believing in gods was not useful for those seeking to realize enlightenment. In other words, God is unnecessary in Buddhism. For this reason, Buddhism is more accurately called nontheistic than atheistic. …

via Atheism and Buddhism — Buddhism as an Atheistic Religion.

Author: Bill

Stumbling down the Middle Path, one day at a time.

2 thoughts on “Atheism and Buddhism — Buddhism as an Atheistic Religion

  1. That was fast Bill! lol But you got me wrong. I like Buddhism and I know that it is nontheistic. I’m just confused on why you allowed the post ‘ why atheism may be the best way to know God(?)’ on your site. Thanks and forgive me for my ignorance.

    I’m doing some editing, and the Gmail warning pops up.

    I didn’t understand the comment either, so we’re even. To clarify the post, I’m liable to link to all sorts of things I find interesting. I try to keep them in the general area of Buddhism or Buddhist concerns, like the environment, but anything’s fair game. The exceptions are writings that are narrow-minded, and that includes narrow-minded Buddhists, of whom there are more than you might think. While I generally find atheist writings to be a boring trip down the same old ruts — in the opposite direction — I thought this guy had something useful to say.

    Again, thanks for commenting.

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