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Aaron Alexis and the
costs of false religion

American Spectator, by George Neumayr

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Posted By:Hazymac, 9/18/2013 10:47:35 AM

As Catholicism morphed from the Church militant to the Church mindless after Vatican II, criticism of Buddhism, one of the world’s largest half-baked religions, dissipated. These days it is commonplace to hear priests babbling nonsensically about the benefits of Buddhism and see nuns twisting themselves into meditative postures at retreats. David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos, poked fun at this pathetic phenomenon when he had a flirting priest on the show give the mob boss’s troubled wife a “book on Buddhism.” Under the I’m OK, You’re OK pontificate of Pope Francis, such silliness is likely to continue if not

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Several friends who have rejected the strictures of orthodox Christianity or Judaism now call themselves Buddhists so they can claim a form of guilt-salving religiosity while continuing to do exactly as they please. Asian martial arts (which I practiced for years), meditation, and yoga are also suffused with Buddhism.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mitzi, 9/18/2013 11:03:08 AM     (No. 9526068)

These days it is commonplace to hear priests babbling nonsensically about the benefits of Buddhism and see nuns twisting themselves into meditative postures at retreats.

Where is this commonplace?

I don´t doubt Neumayr´s experience ... but that hasn´t been my experience.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Geelabeela828, 9/18/2013 11:08:48 AM     (No. 9526081)

Great article! I, too, am weary of the lies.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lana720, 9/18/2013 11:19:06 AM     (No. 9526100)

A real eye opener. I thought Buddhists were supposed to be so calming. I never realized their monks self-immolated. Not exactly role models for a healthy life.

I have never experienced priests or nuns who push other so-called religions.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 9/18/2013 11:30:38 AM     (No. 9526118)

Buddha-bashing based on the murderous behavior of a psychotic paranoid schizophrenic or other alienated individuals, or on the silliness, superficiality and hypocrisy of a few self-proclaimed Occidental Buddhists, is unfortunate and misleading. It is throwing the baby out with the bathwater. There is much wisdom in the teachings of the Buddha. It is not necessary or even advisable to swallow them whole - but they should not be dismissed or denigrated without investigation.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: southron, 9/18/2013 11:38:58 AM     (No. 9526126)

Buddhism shouldn´t be condemned because those who have only a superficial exposure to it think they grasp it- they don´t understand it anymore that Kerouac and the Beat Generation understood Zen.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: yuban, 9/18/2013 11:43:39 AM     (No. 9526135)

Thee of no faith will have that thigh slapping grin wiped from your face some day.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Hermoine, 9/18/2013 11:44:04 AM     (No. 9526137)

#3 -- Just as an aside, most Buddhists do not concerns themselves with a belief (or disbelief) in God. I think they are concerned with suffering and the human condition.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jond, 9/18/2013 11:51:49 AM     (No. 9526156)

It does sound like both the Popes and Mr. Neumayr learned about buddhism in a "survey of other false religions" class.

Unfortunately, many westerners attracted to bits and pieces of it don´t do much better.

So in analyzing what, if any, effect, his religious explorations had on Alexis, specific (and possibly unattainable) knowledge of what he thought and did is pointless.

From the point of view of any religion I could name save one Alexis was a spectacular failure.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mitzi, 9/18/2013 12:09:03 PM     (No. 9526181)

What I know about Buddhism would fit on the head of a pin - so ... according to Wiki:

The Dalai Lama explains:[9]

Karma is one particular instance of the natural causal laws that operate throughout the universe where, according to Buddhism, things and events come into being purely as a result of the combination of causes and conditions.

Karma, then, is an instance of the general law of causality. What makes karma unique is that it involves intentional action, and therefore an agent. The natural causal processes operating in the world cannot be termed karmic where there is no agent involved. In order for a casual process to be a karmic one, it must involve an individual whose intention would lead to a particular action. It is this specific type of causal mechanism which is known as karma.


In Buddhist philosophy, the driving force behind rebirth in the six realms of samsara is karma. Sogyal Rinpoche explains:

The kind of birth we will have in the next life is determined, then, by the nature of our actions in this one. And it is important never to forget that the effect of our actions depends entirely upon the intention or motivation behind them, and not upon their scale.


Imagine Alexis next life as a cockroach!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: FLCracker, 9/18/2013 12:11:30 PM     (No. 9526182)

"Nam Myoho Renge Kyo", y´all!

Chant that a billion times a day and all your wishes will come true.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: calicojack, 9/18/2013 12:15:07 PM     (No. 9526188)

The western view of Buddhism as strange and mystical is attractive to many troubled seekers. Although Buddhists tend to be nonjudgmental, the belief is not morally neutral. There are Precepts. Life is sacred; most Buddhists won´t even step on a bug. Not all claimed adherents actually get it.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: VinGoombatz, 9/18/2013 12:37:50 PM     (No. 9526215)

Poster #3 has as many unverifiable beliefs as anyone else. Such as me.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: jar, 9/18/2013 12:41:22 PM     (No. 9526219)

Obviously, the author of this article has never read and certainly never practiced the Buddha´s four noble truths, and has never followed the Buddha´s fourth noble truth, the noble Eight fold path, which demands much of the practitioner toward the ideal of self-perfection. There is so much to Buddhism this author doesn´t know and has misunderstood through his superficial filter and obvious prejudice, that it is highly objectionable he has written and published this article. I am not a Buddhist, but I have great respect for those who are, and this article is a total travesty.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Italiano, 9/18/2013 12:49:10 PM     (No. 9526233)

Lose the shotgun, Grasshopper. Its way is the way of death....

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Packard Man, 9/18/2013 12:53:44 PM     (No. 9526241)

Not exactly an "enlightened" article from any perspective.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: chumley, 9/18/2013 1:52:05 PM     (No. 9526316)

Wow. I thought for a second I was reading a liberal page. Condemn everyone who believes something other than what you do. Call it false. Make jokes about those who believe in it.
Thanx to the posters who provided knowledge. I learned some things.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: bohallx, 9/18/2013 1:53:18 PM     (No. 9526320)

#16 ~ great point. The current laws are such that it´s not possible to help schizophrenia sufferers before they get hurt or hurt others.

Recent findings that it´s a genetic defect, or two, or three, or even five different defects, may help us out when it comes to the law since we will probably have a TEST that proves someone is, in fact, not just likely to behave a certain unacceptable way, but overwhelmingly likely to do so.

I´d imagine we´ll need to do this test on all elected and appointed public officials first ~ remove the ´bad seed´, then move on to working with the ordinary folks who need help, or locked up, whatever is most useful.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab, 9/18/2013 2:03:31 PM     (No. 9526329)

#11: The better chant is:

Owha Tajer Kiam, repeated a bit faster each time, until enlightenment is achieved.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: jackson, 9/18/2013 2:46:15 PM     (No. 9526382)

Gosh! I didn´t think to blame the Catholic Church and "babbling nuns" Thanks so much for the insight, George. And that Pope Francis, what a namby-pamby Jesuit, saying that only God knows who gets into heaven. Actually the Pope´s problem isn´t his big mouth. It is idiots like George.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: sliver of truth, 9/18/2013 2:57:36 PM     (No. 9526396)

It has nothing to do with religion (and btw, religion has nothing to do with spirituality). This incident has everything to do with mental illness.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: msjena, 9/18/2013 2:59:59 PM     (No. 9526397)

If you believe there can be such a thing as truth, there can be a false religion. For example, a religion that teaches that God is pleased if you kill non-believers. Or a religion that teaches it is OK to lie to non-believers. Or a religion that says women have no rights in marriage, divorce and child-raising and have to wear head-coverings (or burkhas) in public. Or how about a religion that favors conversion by the sword instead of the heart? Maybe you get my drift...

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Reply 22 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/18/2013 4:11:33 PM     (No. 9526495)

Neumayr would not be my choice for a serious discussion of religions.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Emerson, 9/18/2013 4:14:01 PM     (No. 9526503)

Neumayr´s mindless rant makes him sound as though at any minute he could topple off his barstool and lose his false wisdom and his karma.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: StuartL, 9/19/2013 3:09:06 AM     (No. 9526993)

#13 -- How surprising is it, really, that a self-admitted abortionist would claim atheism?

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