Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment Themes

Wright, Robert
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Buddhism

Wright divides Buddhism into two sides— the secular philosophy, and the religious philosophy. Both sides involve the meditative practice, but may rely on different types of meditation at different times. The secular side deals with the philosophy of morality, as well as focuses on the concept of reaching metaphysical truth. The religious side deals with Buddha and his life experiences. This includes the supernatural, for example a being named Mara. Mara represents temptation and keeps Buddha from enlightenment for a time. Additionally, this side of the religion includes abstract concepts such as reincarnation and karma, rewards and penance for doing good or bad in the world. Though he explicitly states his respect for the tradition of these beliefs many times, he seems to imply in other sections that he finds these beliefs absurd through his tone and word choice. Wright repeatedly divides Buddhism into its two aspects, because...

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