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Bernard White

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Should (+ why is) Buddhism ( be) held in such high regard compared to other religions?

Also if Colleen Steen, Jordan Burrill and Obey No1kinobe help me with the description, for I feel it is lacking in something. (Only if you want to, of course!)
The comment (by me) which inspired this debate : "I personally have never got why Buddhism is held in such high regard compared to other religions.
It believes in reincarnation, and that the dalai lama is the Buddha "reincarnate", (which from the New Atheist perspective that there is a need for evidence to make any claim valid, I don't see much evidence to suggest that reincarnation is correct, at this current moment in time.) and that "desire is the root to all suffering". While I would say rationalization was, but am happy to debate this with many.
I mean, do Buddhists want us just to be zombies? With no desire, or wishes. I am afraid I could not live in a world like that.
Buddhism, has a focus on getting rid of consumerism (and focus more on happiness economics), yet when my brother visited some Buddhist monasteries in Sri Lanka, some Buddhist monks forced him to pay to see the monasty, and made him pay more if he wanted to stay. Which seems rather ironic.
Also I find it rather odd when people say Buddhists are the most "peaceful" when they have extreme discrimination against Islam, which goes contrary to their own beliefs.
I hope you can help with this dilemma I have.
While I am willing to accept that Buddhism does have some amazing insights into what people fulfilled and happy (Which to be honest, I feel is quite amazing, and the main reason they are held in such high regard. And their research into meditation) I just disagree with (from what I understand of my very limiting knowledge of Buddhism) with some of the things they say!
I just view Buddhism in the same light, as I view all religions. (Which is strong agnosticism concerning their spiritual beliefs)"

I know I may have got some of my facts wrong! And apologise if I have!

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  • Apr 11 2013: Part 2

    Karma is a cornerstone of Buddhist teachings. Karma refers to an important metaphysical concept concerned with action and its consequences. It is the understanding that there are consequences in this lifetime for your actions.
    Loving Kindness and compassion is extended to all living beings including animals. Buddhism strictly forbids animal sacrifice for whatever reason. Vegetarianism is recommended but not compulsory.

    No holy war concept in Buddhism.

    Suffering is another cornerstone in Buddhism. It is the first of the Four Noble Truths. The causes of suffering a are very well analysed and explained in Buddhism.

    Buddhist teachings expound no beginning and no end to one's existence or life. (similar to what we are discovering through Quantum Physics).

    Buddha does not claim to be a creator of lives or the Universe.

    Wisdom occupies a paramount position in Buddhist teachings. One is taught to balance compassion with emotion with rationale (right understanding / truth / logic).

    The tradition and practice of meditation in Buddhism is important. While all religions teach some forms or variations of meditation, only Buddhism emphasizes Insight meditation as a powerful tool to assist one in seeking liberation/enlightenment.

    The concept of Hell is different in Buddhism. it is not a place for eternal damnation as viewed by 'almighty creator' religions. In Buddhism.

    The Buddhist cosmology (or universe) is distinctly different from that of other religions which usually recognise only this solar system with Earth as the centre of the Universe and the only planet with living beings. The Buddhist viewpoint is that there are many solar systems / worlds.

    Please continue to part 3

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