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Monday, December 9, 2013
Doubting Buddhist Doctrine?
First, this is a blog of Magic but since many people expressed
their views on doubting our standard Buddhist doctrines. Below is one of the
mails I received, please read with open mind and surely there is something
wrong with either the doctrine itself; or on how the religion is transmitted to
“I came to know a
famous medium in US by name George Anderson. His background was Christian but
neither fanatic nor religious. He is very honest to say souls in the afterlife
told him no such mighty spiritual being as God to judge our sin as we crossed
over. Our subconscious mind registers our every act, guilt and other emotional
imbalance cause us to choose rebirth to “repay” whom we are indebted. Hell or
heaven is only creation of our mind. If you are bad to a person, it attracts
bad circumstance back to us as punishment. Again what he said was very honest
and non religious (but very close to Buddhist ). George Anderson clearly states
that none of the religions is perfect, just as lessons in our spiritual
I read a booklet about
Buddhism by chance at a local temple. It says hell or heaven only exists in our
mind. Punishment like soaking in the boiling oil is an educational tale only.
Whatever bad things we do to others, will definitely be suffered by ourselves
on earth as well, if not this lifetime, then future lifetime. This educational
tale is very misleading, till I found out the truth by myself.
teachings were passed down orally, and later written on a special kind of dried
leaves. Followed by scripted on papers as a book.
I really doubt about
the true meaning of “not to kill life” in Buddhism. For example, I have to kill
virus in order to save from certain disease, otherwise, “death sentence” keeps
awaited for me .
Cleve Blaster ( Baxter
) was an American scientist who invented lie detector known as polygraph in
1960s. He passed on in the middle of this year.
Polygraph can pick up
true emotions of a person who is lying. He had experiment on plants as well
including the below:
a ) His potted
vegetable felt worried and panic, and transmitted its feelings to other potted
vegetable around before he walked in with an intention on mind- “I will cook
this vegetable today”
b) A potato felt
fainted even he just planned to cook it.
Don’t you see that
plants too, are struggling badly before dying. We do kill lives even we are a
I don’t think reborn
as an animal is always to be considered as negative karmic sufferings. A clear
ironic example is Panda, with reputation and luxuries considerable to a movies
Seriously, I disagree with
few parts of Buddhist teachings. After all, Buddhism is still my first choice
due to its openness.”
I supposed that Buddhism has come a long way. The above
passage refers to the ‘Northern Tradition’ or Mahayana Buddhism. The Mahayana
Buddhism has gone a long way and experienced major content changes compared to
the Theravada Buddhism.
Traditionally the Mahayana or Sino-Buddhism has the patron of
Chinese emperors since Northern Wei Dynasty (北魏) 386-534AD.
Being a royal religion, Buddhist monasteries are awarded with lands and slaves
to work for the Buddhist monks. When conditions are hard, these slaves revolted
and form their own secret societies under the disguise of Buddhism and Taoism,
the scholar named these societies ‘the secret folk cult’ (民間秘密教門).
Some of these cults that existed until today are ‘the cult of white lotus’ (白蓮教)
and ‘Yi-Kuan-Dao’ (一貫道). It is not surprising that good folks
can get confused with one of these cults with orthodox Buddhism.
The original Buddhist activities in China didn’t involve
rituals or chanting, but only translation and teaching of Buddhist canons. Without
referring in detail into actual history, Chinese emperors added many rituals
and then followed by officials, monks and scholars and hence give forth the
Sino-Buddhism that we have today.
For a more faithful study of the actual Buddhist canon, one
has to refer to the Theravada Buddhism, i.e. the one now active in Sri Langka,
Burma and Thailand.
I think ‘not eating’ meat is very much circumstantial as
Tibetan monks do eat meat and Thai monks is allowed to consume meat as they
cannot refuse whatever is offered to them. Then and again, the folk cults also
encourages non-meat diet.
The view on animals is quite interesting. The reason the
Buddha insisted that only the rebirth as a human is of best choice is that,
only human understands Buddhism; not the animals and that was about 2000 years
All in all, some confusion and misconceptions can arise due
to the improper interpretation of religious canons; this is not limited to
Buddhism specifically. Cunning folks intentionally deviate from such doctrines
to serve their own purposes; the Chinese emperors are just one example so to