Keshin wrote:I thought about responding to this, but then I realized it's pointless.
As you wish.
So, who's had a problem? This board, and a few glorified nihilists in the real world.
We are far from being nihilists. Nihilism is one of the extremes we avoid. As is Eternalism (your ideas fit in this class).
No difference. We don't know what lies beyond this life.
The fact I was talking about was considering your ideas Buddhist, not what lies beyond this life. For most, just another life. This doesn't mean there's a soul though, as there isn't a soul right now, passing from one moment to the next.
I never tried. Others have tried with me.
If I was truly allowed my views, as you claim, they would be accepted. 84,000 Dharma-doors and all that.
There are doors that don't lead to enlightenment also. This isn't an "anything goes" system of beliefs. I'm sorry if you feel upset because your ideas don't fit the Dharma. But don't expect us to fit Dharma to your ideas just to indulge you.
To delve into a form of Buddhism indistinguishable from Cārvāka? No thanks.
If you read my posts in the thread about Batchelor's book "Buddhism without beliefs", you'll see how I feel about materialist philosophies...
Listen, if I go to a Christian forum and ask them to accept rebirth, I'm sure they won't like the idea. What you are asking us to do is pretty much the same.
Because this isn't the Buddhism I encountered. This is more nihilistic than the Buddhism I am used to. My friends never had a problem with my views and considered themselves. My mentor and some Shin priests with whom I am in contact with haven't said anything against it, either.
Then the problem is that who taught you never took the trouble of clarifying what Buddhism is to you. Blame them, not us.
You are perfectly free to dislike Buddhadharma, but it isn't what you thought it was. It isn't what you think it is now either. You're still to discover it, if you have enough interest. It's neither nihilist, nor materialist. You are simply failing to understand it.
The Dharma you believe is a fantasy that doesn't hold water. If you study a bit you will realize that anatman is incompatible with your idea of both God and soul. Much of the beauty of Dharma lies exactly in that point, but you fail to see it.