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Darwinism and Buddhism incompatible

August 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

After today’s post on Wright’s adventures in meditation I am little sorry to be so negative even as I am prompted to remind myself that I am right and should issue a warning at the destruction of Buddhism going on even as we speak. (There are hundreds of better sources on meditation than Wright, but a reductionist Darwinist doing meditation is invaluable deception to the technocratic elite, and the power elite idiots at the Times)
It is unfair to blame Robert Wright, the Buddhist sophisticates in the West are no less responsible.

Let us simply note that with figures such as Wright a strategy to impoverish religion is the substitute for doing away with them.

Let us at least be clear that Buddhism and Darwinism are not compatible. Buddhism is often attractive to those who respond to its theme of ‘no self’. The reality is that it assumes a greater self in some fashion, and proposes the liberation from the round of rebirth via meditation. The factor of rebirth, or reincarnation, however confused its frequent formulations, is fundamental to the whole perspective of Buddhism (and Hinduism, we should say, but Westerners are never Hindus by birth, so we can simplify the discussion) and yet the clear unspoken strategy with many now is to corrupt the original Buddhism by hyping meditation and dissolving the ancient framework.
The point here is that the human frame is larger than the phenomenal body, eschewing useless material-spiritual dualities that are misleading, and therefore the whole game is simply outside the assumptions of reductionist scientism.

Beware of all of it. It is very easy to corrupt something, very hard to arrive at the real thing.

Tags: Evolution · New Age · religion · Science & Religion

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  • 1 James Kail // Jan 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    If you look into more details of Buddhism, you will find that Siddhartha lived in a Hindu society where the idea of reincarnation was the norm. He accepted these ideas but his contributions to humanity concerned our lives in the here and now – how to end the suffering that evolution in its non-thinking imperfections gave us. I see no incompatibility of Buddhism and Evolution. Rather, they support one another.

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