David N. Snyder wrote:40. "Buddhists are not allowed to desire enlightenment, because that is still a form of desire, attachment, and striving."
Luke wrote:I agree that Buddhists are certainly allowed to desire enlightenment. However, I've also heard some lamas say that desiring enlightenment too much can get in the way of actually getting there sometimes.
David N. Snyder wrote:pink_trike wrote:I hear this one all the time:
"Buddhism is a religion".
Okay, now you're getting even more controversial than my last post here, or some of my others.
But still good.
His usual reply is to joke, “Poor Buddhism! Rejected by religions as an atheistic philosophy, a science of the mind; and by philosophers as a religion—there’s nowhere that Buddhism has citizen’s rights. But perhaps that’s an advantage that could allow Buddhism to build bridges between religions and philosophies.”
In essence, we could say that Buddhism is a path of transformation toward enlightenment, a contemplative science, and a rich philosophical tradition from which a wisdom applicable in every instant and in all circumstances is derived.
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