Is Buddhism Compatible with Evolution?

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Re: Is Buddhism Compatible with Evolution?

Postby Astus » Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:24 pm

jeeprs wrote:As I mentioned, I don't deny the fact of evolution. What interests me is the meaning of it - or the absence of meaning, which amounts to the same.


Evolution has no meaning in the sense that there is no higher purpose behind/above it. Samsara has no meaning either. Beings are stuck in their habits and that's it, it's just a fact of life. There is no big plan, nobody designed evolution nor samsara. The big difference is that if one looks only at evolution, i.e. the bodily life, it teaches only violence and hedonism. Understanding samsara, however, means realising the futility of all mundane pursuits and the true cause of suffering.
"There is no such thing as the real mind. Ridding yourself of delusion: that's the real mind."
(Sheng-yen: Getting the Buddha Mind, p 73)

“Don’t rashly seek the true Buddha;
True Buddha can’t be found.
Does marvelous nature and spirit
Need tempering or refinement?
Mind is this mind carefree;
This face, the face at birth."

(Nanyue Mingzan: Enjoying the Way, tr. Jeff Shore; T51n2076, p461b24-26)
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