The Case Against Buddhism

Warning, will contain foul language and not for the thin skinned.

I had a good chuckle at it. Obviously, he had certain points mixed up, but I thought it was a good effort at explaining some of our own shortcomings.

Note to all Buddhists :
Don’t get offended or injured when someone criticises your beliefs or attacks any of your positions regardless of severity.  Forgive them and move on. If possible, try to educate them in a calm and well collected manner. Do not respond the same way his critics did. It reflects very poorly on our character.

We should find better ways to explain our beliefs or stay silent if unable. Above all else, remember we’re imperfect as well. Before correcting others, correct yourself. You might even learn a thing or two from your critics so don’t dismiss it all out of hand.

Try not to take yourself too seriously, or you’ll pull a muscle ;)

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7 thoughts on “The Case Against Buddhism

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  2. This guy sucks so much at public speaking that I can’t sit and listen to him ramble for 15 minutes, regardless of whether he’s irrationally slamming Buddha or advertising a new flavor of ice cream.

    Though curiously enough, I tend to be most critical and skeptical of my own faith, rather than the faiths of others. I wonder if that says anything about me.

  3. It means you’re of sound mind.

    You always have to be critical of what you believe. It’s a bit like you are what you eat. So you better watch what you put in your mouth.

    I’ve always subjected my own faith to the most stringent critiques. If what I believe will affect my life, I want to be 100% certain I’m on the right track.

    As for the faiths of others… As long as their faith doesn’t affect my life in an adverse way, I’m not going to make a big fuss. I think you feel the same way.

    TheAmazingAtheist has his moments. Most of it is rambling, but sometimes it’s entertaining.
    I’m subscribed to him on YouTube LOL!

  4. Here’s the basis of Buddhism as I understand it. Let me know if any of it does not make sense:
    1. We live in a world where it is often not possible to get what we want and it is important to understand this. For instance, u might not get to buy your dream car or go on your dream vacation. There’s also stuff that’s more serious than that such as being diagnosed with cancer or losing a loved one. All of this is stuff that we have to understand can happen to anyone including ourselves so we’ve got to be prepared mentally. Everything around us in this world is continually changing so even if we’re currently happy that situation may change in the future. (This is my understanding of the first noble truth)
    2. The cause of most of our suffering is due to our incessant desire to escape that which we find saddening and to try and seek that which we find pleasing. There is only so much that we can grasp with our senses and everything we grasp is impermanent but yet we continuously seek to please our senses and get angered, bored, frustrated, etc, if we can’t find a way to do so. Mind you, this does not mean that pleasing your senses is bad or immoral. What it means is that this state of constant dissatisfaction is the underlying cause of human suffering. (my understanding of the 2nd noble truth)
    3.If there is some way in which we can find equanimity, such that we aren’t swayed by the things around us, this is what would bring true peace and happiness. This is MUCH easier said than done and requires years of practice and development of the mind. It is done by following a path that leads to the undoing of the causes of suffering called the noble eightfold path (my understanding of the 3rd noble truth)
    4. I’m not able to describe the entire noble eightfold path here but i can highlight several important points and how the path will light up your life instantaneously. Although the end result of the path, nirvana, may seem far away, there are unquestionable fruits of treading the path that you will see straight away. For instance, ‘right mindfulness’ advices you to stay in the present and not worry about the past or the future. Whenever you see your mind stray, you bring it back to the present. This is a GREAT way to eliminate anxiety and other negative emotions and to bring out the best in yourself. If you can train yourself to focus your mind and all your efforts on what you’re doing at the present moment, you can achieve great things. This is done through meditation. You bring yourself peace by developing the practice of giving and compassion as talked about under ‘right view’. There are many other fruits to following this path that I won’t elaborate on right now.

    This is my attempt to address the issues regarding the four noble truths that were raised in this video.

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