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Goals and Improved Buddhism

Let’s clearly define what is meant by goals. When the founder of a new religion puts the time in to record or spread his teaching, he is doing it for some personal goal. It could be benevolent or malevolent, rational or irrational, selfish or altru…

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Improved Buddhism and Governance

There are many ways that a religion can interact with a governing body. One way is simply tolerance, where the governing organizations put no restrictions on what a religion group does. This, of course, is impossible in some situations, as competin…

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Anatta and Karma

 

Buddha was raised in a time of conflicts in metaphysics. Some Hindu philosophers preached the doctrine of reincarnation, which meant that there was some essence that moved from body to body when the first one died and a new one was born or co…

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The Utility of Reincarnation

Reincarnation wouldn’t be a popular concept within Buddhism unless it provided some utility. As a matter of fact, it provides utility in multiple ways. Replacing it with something more acceptable to rational people in some scheme of improved Buddhism …

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Reviewing Reincarnation

By a stroke of luck, shortly after the previous post on Reincarnation and Science was published, another blogger, John Michael Greer, an official in the Druidic Religion, posted an article on druidic views of reincarnation. There are similarities between that and Buddhist ones, so that text might be…

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Types of Buddhists

Buddhist is a bit of a suitcase word today, containing many different things within it. The label is used for people with widely disparate reasons for calling themselves Buddhists, and moreover, widely different practices. This does not refer s…

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Nirvana and Psychology

Nirvana in Buddhism is the state of nothingness, either non-existence or simply bliss. For an essence to be in nirvana, they have nothing left of their identity, no desires, no events, no change. Is this something that should be in an improved Buddhism, should not be, or only in a modified state?

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Reincarnation and Science

In order to try and understand if the concept of reincarnation has any role in contemporary Buddhism, it is first necessary to see if it can be defined in a way which is both self-consistent and not in violation of any known scientific laws. If…

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Why Improve Buddhism?

Buddhism is a religion or philosophy that originated with the teachings of Gautama Buddha, about 2500 years ago. The religion has changed tremendously from the time of its founding, and has divided into several branches. There would seem to be …

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