posted on Nov, 7 2013 @ 09:32 AM
reply to post by combatmaster
No it's not.
If it was...it would be called a "religion" instead of a philosophy, no?
Sorry I have upset you.
Im not upset... on the contrary, i am happy because i've learned something new. you have enlightened me to the fact that even Buddhism is dogmatic.
You learn something new everyday!
Some forms of Buddhism are dogmatic in certain regards--for example, reliance upon certain ceremonies, mantras, meditations, etc. But the dogma of
Buddhism is in paradoxical opposition to the dogmas of Western religion, which practice ritual, prayer, etc strictly for the sake of practicing it.
In other words, in Western religions, the dogma IS the religion. Without it, there's nothing.
Buddhism is rather different. In Buddhism, the limited amount of dogma is only a means to an end, not the end in itself. The ritual practices and
meditations and the like are merely stepping stones leading you to the end of the road (Nirvana, enlightenment, whatever you wanna call it).
This idea is elucidated in numerous places and in numerous ways in Buddhist writings, but one of my favorite is the saying that "When you meet
Buddha, kill Buddha."
In other words, once you reach the point of direct experience with the source, where you've seen the other side and you know that you yourself have
Buddha-mind, go ahead and throw away the rest of the nonsense that got you to that point. You need it no longer.
Only infantile mentalities maintain psychological dependence on their toys after reaching adulthood. And western monotheistic religions very much like
to keep their toys laying around.