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Skepticism in Buddhism

October 27th, 2007

One of the most important tenets of Buddhism, beyond the four noble truths, the eightfold path, the three jewels, is one simple suggestion of the Buddha: try it for yourself. Try it on, see how it fits. Keep what fits. The parts you throw out may fit later, so put them aside. The parts that fit, see why they fit. examine them. Meditate on them. As a view point, as a point of departure. As a meditation. try it in your life. Be skeptical…

Transmission MandalaConsider attachment. Consider envy. Consider aversion. Consider greed. Consider illusion. Consider form. As you go deeper and deeper, uncovering multiple layers of meaning around each element, you may find some truth. Some core relevance. When a thought arises, consider it’s source. Be skeptical.

Be skeptical of your own mind. Of your own belief systems. Of your own right and wrongs. How did all of this come into being, you ask.

They say you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. You can give a person countless treatises on how the world works, how we as humans relate, etc, but unless they see it for themselves, then whatever you are dishing out is as worthless as the paper it is printed on or the breath with which it is spoken.

We are not dishing out religion here. No Virtue. No Dogma. No spiritual come-uppance. Just trial and error truth.

Then, when you look at other religions, try them on too.

We are not interested in stories, although there are many. We are not interested in Histories, as varied and colored as they may be. We are interested only in this now and how we relate to it. And this Now. And this Now. And the continuance of this Now. Which, also, may be a complete illusion. Try it out. See how it fits.

Live in Love.

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