Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Western Buddhist Converts?

"One thing that irritates me about Western Buddhism dabblers is that they don’t even seem interested in the question of whether Buddhist beliefs are true," writes Bonald — Buddhism and Westerners.

Noting that "the attitude seems to be much different from that of conforming one’s mind to the truth about the world," he quotes a blogger as observing that "it sounds weird to say 'converted to Buddhism' though we have no problem saying 'converted to Islam' or 'converted to the Catholic church.''" Instead, the blogger suggests that "the way most people say it" is "I began practicing Buddhism."

This, the blogger says, not only suggests nothing more than "a lifestyle choice" but also "makes a mockery of the most important thing a man can do with his time on earth." Amen.

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Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


I have a friend who no longer identifies as Catholic--and come to think of it, she is more likely to say she is "practicing Buddhism" or "studying Buddhism" than that she is a Buddhist. Perhaps that's why I still always think of her as a Catholic (albeit in name only?) who is just dabbling in something else.

October 13, 2011 at 6:57 PM  
Blogger Iosue Andreas Sartorius said...

I suspect she may think of herself that way, too.

October 13, 2011 at 10:06 PM  

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