Food_Eatah wrote:It seems to me that when one accepts Pureland practices, it becomes much easier to accept the powers and benefits that Buddhas and Bodhisattvas uses to help us. Thus we quickly start practicing the right Dharma and stop the horrible mistakes of slandering the Dharma!
Was anyone here heavily attached atheism and science prior to discover the Pureland methods?
I am very new to Buddhism, attached to science, and agnostic. So far my knowledge of the various schools is too incomplete to choose one, and Buddhism seems to be compatible with both science and agnosticism. Various eastern religions have blended with Buddhism, (e.g., Vedism, Hinduism, Asceticism, moksha, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, etc.) Recently, western religions are blending with Buddhism, including Buddhist-Christianty. If I could design my own Buddhist school, it might be described as Universal Buddhism, which would accept all faiths and no faith, all schools and no school, as well as dharma and western science.
I find Buddhism helpful, already. It has changed my life after practicing a few weeks. I am a born again Buddhish
HHDL: "My confidence in venturing into science lies in my basic belief that as in science so in Buddhism, understanding the nature of reality is pursued by means of critical investigation: if scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims."