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OK, That Didn’t Answer my Question

The Temptation of Belief [Killing the Buddha]
“When a Buddhist enters a Christian realm, faith without work is difficult to understand, but easy to envy.”

It was like what Buddhists get all the time: If you’re so spiritual, why are you such an asshole?

That really resonated with me, a more direct paraphrase of something that comes up frequently. I think it is easier to write such things than it is to speak them aloud to someone within arm’s reach. It is part of the crux of whole “zen is a cauldron of boiling oil over a roaring fire.”

I am probably presenting all this in such a way that it is coming off all wrong, but I guess that wouldn’t be the first time. Or the final time…

[KtB link via mark at wood s lot]

[disclaimer: I am an ordained Zen (Ch’an) Buddhist priest.]

Creation Debate Rather Irrelevant to Buddhism

from The Buddhist Channel:

Creation debate rather irrelevant to Buddhism

(…)This is a debate, however, that doesn’t engage all religious traditions. For Buddhism, it is pretty much irrelevant. Although the Buddhist religion has a rich store of myths and stories, it is not dependent on a specific cosmological narrative.

What’s more, much of Buddhist philosophy is actually opposed to the idea of creation by a supreme being. This is because it would introduce an arbitrary element (will of a creator) into an otherwise orderly universe. (more)

Pretty good stuff. Later in the article, however, the author, Punnadhammo Bhikkhu, departs from discussing Buddhist things to venture into his own realm to posit the flawed notion that behavior flows from biology.

For instance, in Buddhism and other religious traditions, many thousands of men and women in each generation choose a path of celibate spiritual practice.

Obviously, these people leave no genes and in Darwinian terms, the impulse to monasticism should have been selected out of the race in one generation.

Which extends heritability of traits (like hair color) into behavior/culture (like monasticism). Hmmm — not so much.