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PostSubject: Einstein on Buddhism   Sat 10 Aug 2013, 08:56

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There are two quotes, attributed to Einstein, but which have come under scrutiny, concerning Buddhism:

"Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and the spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity."


"The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description. If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism."

While it is true that, upon investigation, these quotes can't truly be attributed to Einstein from any of his works...
Maybe. Maybe not. Perhaps Einstein did speak these words in a moment of clarity and belief; perhaps not. But Buddhism does seem to be the answer to suffering. It's a way of processing through one's suffering and the suffering of the world--the woes that science (e.g., the darwinian mentality, social darwinism, etc.), class stratification, racism, disease, and macro and micro invalidation bring upon us. It is a way of coping with the known and the unknown... a divine, non-destructive way. And it strengthens the inner self--the sense of self. I see no other way of dealing with life's misfortunes and rude awakenings, other than Kundalini Yoga and the 12 Steps of AA.



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