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Is Buddhism anti-thinking?

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Re: Is Buddhism anti-thinking?

Postby Jason » Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:40 pm

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Re: Is Buddhism anti-thinking?

Postby Guy » Mon Nov 08, 2010 12:37 am

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Re: Is Buddhism anti-thinking?

Postby alan » Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:31 am

The answer is no, Buddhism is not anti-thinking.
Zen can be, though. Just look at D.T. Suzuki and his brand of nonsense.

Hitchens, by the way, was pro Iraq war. How did that work out?

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Re: Is Buddhism anti-thinking?

Postby Ben » Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:01 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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Re: Is Buddhism anti-thinking?

Postby alan » Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:04 am

Sure, he is an interesting guy. And he does say some interesting things. But so do I. One thing we do not have in common would be his Gigantic, historic, impossible to ignore and completely wrong in every respect attitude towards the Iraq war. It was wrong. He was for it. I don't respect that. Period, end of sentence.

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Re: Is Buddhism anti-thinking?

Postby Ben » Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:18 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
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Re: Is Buddhism anti-thinking?

Postby alan » Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:32 am

And as I said to anyone who was willing to listen, it will not work. In fact, I remember it completely. Some guy wanted to fight--I almost got punched out. I said this war will denote the end of American dominance--it will drain us, and to no good end.
I was right; he was wrong. Why then should I, or anyone else, listen to the supposedly smart person who was wrong?
Context? Yeah, he is down on Monotheistic religions. How profound!

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Re: Is Buddhism anti-thinking?

Postby clw_uk » Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:15 am

He does make a good point in regards to the Iraq war when he says


"Those of the anti-war movement seem to think that the world would be a better place with Sadham Hussein and the Taliban in it"


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Re: Is Buddhism anti-thinking?

Postby Sanghamitta » Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:53 am

In the unlikely event of Hitchens reading this thread I would guess that further evidence in his eyes that Buddhists are anti thinking might be the fact that a thread examining his view on that issue , then offers as proof of his being wrong on that issue was that he was against the Iraq war. I think that's called a non sequitur.
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Re: Is Buddhism anti-thinking?

Postby Laurens » Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:00 am

"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."

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Re: Is Buddhism anti-thinking?

Postby Laurens » Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:04 am

"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."

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Re: Is Buddhism anti-thinking?

Postby chownah » Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:54 pm

On the other hand consider pro-thinking......seems like "thinking" is being promoted pretty much everywhere in the world for the last 100...or 200....or 500 years now and look where its got us.....war, famine, disease, intolerence........great stuff that "thinking".....

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Re: Is Buddhism anti-thinking?

Postby Prasadachitta » Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:04 pm

"Beautifully taught is the Lord's Dhamma, immediately apparent, timeless, of the nature of a personal invitation, progressive, to be attained by the wise, each for himself." Anguttara Nikaya V.332

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Re: Is Buddhism anti-thinking?

Postby Individual » Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:45 pm

Also, Buddhism is anti-"thinking in terms of self"

For most people, that's the only way of thinking they know. :)
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Re: Is Buddhism anti-thinking?

Postby Laurens » Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:19 pm

"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."

Carl Sagan

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Re: Is Buddhism anti-thinking?

Postby Laurens » Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:39 pm

"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."

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