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 April 6, 2012 Elephant

10 Reasons why Buddhism is (no) Better than
your Religion.*

If you don't do Buddhism,

don't worry,

you're not going to hell.

You'll just endure countless lifetimes of cyclical suffering.

1. We're not really a religion. As the Dalai Lama said, if Buddhism and Science disagree, go with science. As the Buddha himself said, don’t believe anything I say unless it matches with your experience. We are however a path: there are teachings, meditation practices, rituals with meaning…but it’s all centered on one point. Wake up. Be kind. Be present. Be genuine. Be generous to others.

2. We don't go to war, much. Historically, when we’re attacked, our anemic joke-of-an-army fights heroically while the rest of wherever we’re at flees, gets burned, looted, raped, pillaged. No fun for us, but at least we don’t fight others in order to spread our religion. 

3. Buddhism works. If we meditate, and we meditate some more, and we study, and we work with our mixed bag of a (difficult, incompetent, sycophantic, insecure, kind, generous, gentle, eco-minded, tolerant) community, we’ll naturally begin to soften, and straighten, and enjoy life more, and help others enjoy life more, too.

4. Buddhism doesn't believe in anything. Any Buddhist who tells you to believe in reincarnation or anything that can't be proven is caught up in superstition, and should be forcibly sent to remedial Buddhist meditation camp, which sounds like a fun camp.

5. Buddhism teachers are... here to read the rest.

Yours in working (and playing) to create enlightened society,

Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis
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