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  • The Three Jewels

    There is no single contemporary Buddhism and no central authority. The “religion” is multicultural and has been inflected quite differently at different times in different places. Several versions of Buddhism have been transplanted and transliterated into Canadian and US society. Buddhist ideas have permeated European societies. [i]

    Wisdom is based on the understanding that divinity is in the world and in us. The three jewels of Buddhist practice are the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. Dharma refers to the teachings, the practice and conduct which should follow the eight fold path. The Sangha is the fellowship of other Buddhists who guide and support each other.

    Buddhism has many forms from ascetic world denial to the great love for all sentient beings. Access to an enlightened Buddha mind is available to all who stop and tune into the wisdom of the universe. Each Buddhist works toward liberation attempting to escape from the ignorance that obscures the radiance of a clear, untroubled mind. Scientists and mind scientists, in particular, have been attracted to Buddhism because it is a religion based on a coherent psychology, epistemology and ethics that requires no belief, although beliefs and superstitions are often attached by local groups. Buddhism is an original form of scientific humanism. Thurman wrote:” When Buddha established educational practices, reality was approached as both outer environment and inner self, the same as in the West. The self was chosen as the more important to understand and control. “ [ii]

    Although Buddhism is a self-reflective religion that proposes to alter the expression of human nature, Buddhist groups still develop typical human structures with dogmatic members, bureaucracies and hierarchies. Human tendencies are well described in old Buddhist texts with warnings not to perseverate, but innate tendencies prevail, despite insightful teachings. I have preferred Buddhist paths that are relatively independent and sometimes solitary, although the support of fellow travelers (Sangha) is considered to be one of the three foundations of practice.

  • Buddhism is different from dogmatic religions:

  • 1. All events are manifest in the mind.
  • 2. The cause of suffering is unexamined desire.
  • 3. Suffering can be alleviated through self-development.
  • 4. The really real is the flux –everything is impermanent
  • 5. Nature is the sacred temple.
  • 6. The divine principle lives in each person.
  • 7. Heaven and hell are not places but states of mind.
  • 8. God and the Devil are not rival politicians, but aspects of the dialectic process alive in every human mind.
  • This mind-based understanding merges easily with ideas of neuroscience and psychology, which recognize that the mind is indeed the center of the universe. The brain is the organ of the mind and all human experience and knowledge is a function of the human brain. Each person must bring the universe into existence and each person is responsible for the intelligent rendering of the really real. Some do a better job than others. Einstein stated that "Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and the spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity."

    [i] See Fields, R. How the Swan’s Came to the Lake. A narrative history of Buddhism In America. Shambala Publications. 1981.

    [ii] Harvard Mind Science Symposium. Mind Science, an East West Dialogue. 1991. Wisdom Publ. Boston


  • Religion for the 21st Century is available as an eBook download. The book is intended for an educated reader who is interested in a world view of religious expressions past, present and future. The main theme is that each religious group has its own claims and stories and will tend to reject others. A reader committed to one point of view may not accept the egalitarian review presented here. Innate tendencies are expressed as religions and in the past have created conflicts that hinder progress towards the real and true. The book examines paths for religious renewal in the 21st century.

    The author is Stephen Gislason

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  • Religion for the 21st Century is available as an eBook download. The book is intended for an educated reader who is interested in a world view of religious expressions past, present and future. The main theme is that each religious group has its own claims and stories and will tend to reject others. A reader committed to one point of view may not accept the egalitarian review presented here. Innate tendencies are expressed as religions and in the past have created conflicts that hinder progress towards the real and true. The book examines paths for religious renewal in the 21st century.

    The author is Stephen Gislason

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    Human Nature
    The Good Person
    The Puzzle
    The Environment
    The Sound of Music
    Surviving Humans
    Language and Thinking
    I and Thou
    Emotions, Feelings
    Neuroscience Notes
    Human Brain
    Children and Family
    Intelligence
    Religion, 21st 

    The Psychology & Philosophy series was developed by Persona Digital Books. All rights to reproduction by any means are reserved. We encourage readers to quote and paraphrase topics from Religion for the 21st Century, published online and expect citations to accompany all derivative writings. The author is Stephen Gislason. Persona Digital is located at Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada.

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