Dalai Lama to the world: 'Religion is no longer adequate'
"All the world's major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether."
The Dalai Lama's advice sounds startling familiar — one that echos the sentiment put forth by outspoken atheist Sam Harris who argues that science can answer moral questions. The Dalai Lama is no stranger to scientific discourse, and has developed a great fascination with neuroscience in particular. It's very possible, therefore, that his thinking has aligned with Harris.
It's important to remember that Tibetan Buddhists, while rejecting belief in God and the soul, still cling to various metaphysical beliefs, including karma, infinite rebirths, and reincarnation. But interestingly, the Dalai Lama once had this to say on the subject:
"My confidence in venturing into science lies in my basic belief that as in science so in Buddhism, understanding the nature of reality is pursued by means of critical investigation: if scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims."
Other Buddhists, however, such as Stephen Batchelor, argue that Buddhism should be stripped of all its metaphysical baggage and simplified down to its basic philosophical and existential tenets — a suggestion that has given rise to secular Buddhism.
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Wow. Here's the Dalai Lama: T he reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether. And also this, from his book The Universe in a Single Atom: My confidence in...
To the Editor: In response to Derek Ford's Sunday letter objecting to the Dalai Lama's presence on the Syracuse University campus because of feudal oppression by the prior lamas, I would like to point out that no religion is without sin. Christianity both by the original church (Catholic) and current Protestant denominations, and Judaism and Islam...
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Nuujumn11 wrote September 15, 2012 6:10:48 AM CEST
The Creator cannot be confined, defined or explained away by any human --especially one in 3D -- or by anything created by a human. So anyone who tries is simply a fool playing a fools game. There was a very wise woman in the 80's who predicted that there would come a time when man would try to explain away God by scientific means. Hmmm, seems like she was right.
Crawfish wrote September 14, 2012 2:27:55 PM CEST
Agreed, mediasorcery. I know from my few years (at least by comparison) of admittedly intense meditation that what I've discovered in that time is always ahead of current - even cutting edge - scientific though. It takes some years for it to surface as even a theoretical concept, but eventually it does. The difference is maybe that I have always done only free form meditation and I don't subscribe to any religion whatsoever. When info comes in, I take it purely for what it is with no preconceptions at all. That makes a huge difference when it comes to discovering the true nature of things.
Go on. Ask me what the true nature of things could possibly be. ;)
mediasorcery wrote September 13, 2012 11:02:26 PM CEST
I bet he wants a one world gov too, what a spiritual leader this guy is huh?-hes a shill.