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In my internet travels, I'm always on the lookout for the interesting, the unusual, and above all, that which makes sense. Having recently heard a guest on "Bill Moyers Journal" talk about secular Buddhism, it got me interested in looking into the term. My search led me to a site that quoted the material I have listed below, material that, would it be adhered to by more of the people here on Lifeboat Earth, would lead to greater tolerance and love of fellow man and less hatred based upon religious differences. Start THINKING, people, and not blindly accepting dogma because it has been spoon fed to you by some sanctimonious fool in a thousand-dollar suit.
"Rely not on the teacher/person, but on the teaching. Rely not on the words of the teaching, but on the spirit of the words. Rely not on theory, but on experience.Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything because it is written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and the benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."
- the Buddha
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