buffet style buddhism

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From a new article just out:
I ran some of their insights by an expert in Buddhism, David McMahan at Franklin and Marshall College, who said some of these Western interpretations are slightly morphed from Buddhism’s original cultures and contexts. Buddhism carries with it a set of values and morals that white Americans don’t always live by. Much like “cafeteria Catholics” ignore parts of the religion that don’t resonate with them, some Westerners focus on only certain elements of Buddhist philosophy and don’t endorse, say, Buddhism’s view of reincarnation or worship of the Buddha. Call them “buffet Buddhists.”
Buffet Buddhism may not be traditional, but its flexibility does allow its adherents to more easily employ the philosophy for an antidepressant jolt. Some people practice Buddhism and meditation as an alternative to psychotherapy or psychiatric medication, given mental-health care’s cost and scarcity: Sixty percent of counties in the U.S. don’t have a single psychiatrist. “I have pretty good health insurance,” Bernard said, “but if I want support, it’s a month and a half to see someone new. Having a resource that I can pop open is invaluable.”
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/arch ... py/584308/
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In 2018 the growing trend of spiritual but not religious was addressed:

https://www.theatlantic.com/membership/ ... us/550337/

One person called spirituality "seeking" not "dwelling", which sounds fair.

However, an individuals' choices for what to practice and why, is not resulting in a more ethical, good society. So far, ignoring specific religious traditions give us more vice & evil instead.
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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Nicholas wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:21 pm One person called spirituality "seeking" not "dwelling", which sounds fair.

However, an individuals' choices for what to practice and why, is not resulting in a more ethical, good society. So far, ignoring specific religious traditions give us more vice & evil instead.
If they are genuinely searching, it's good. Often though, I think it's an excuse to not follow a rigid (as they would call it) moral system. Picking and choosing among many spiritual traditions could result in picking what is most palatable and ignoring the "harder" parts.

In my opinion, I think it's best to stick with one religion or alternatively with multiple religions and traditions, if they are somewhat related or similar; for example Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism is a common mix among Chinese. Another potential mix could be Kabbalah, Sufi, and Gnostic (all Abrahamic religion based).

I like the Shramana paths (Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism), which are very related and similar.
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When Buddhism first came to the west, it was misinterpreted and dismissed. But now it has a certain growing presence over there, and there is recognition by the mainstream as well due to its therapeutic applications and acceptance by western psychiatry of mindfulness meditation.

Teachings of reincarnation/rebirth may not be generally acceptable at present, but there is also a parallel growth of reincarnation research in the west as well, by the likes of Dr.Brian Weiss, Dr. Michael Newton, Dr. Jim Tucker, Dr.Ian Stevenson and others which have similarly resulted in a growing presence of believers in reincarnation.

Case studies of James Leininger and other children talking of past life memories have also promoted more serious research in reincarnation.

Imo, there is a lot of resistance to religion in the west due to the impact of scientific materialism, nihilism and hedonism but eventually a point may come where western society begins to understand the transitory nature of all sensory pleasures through sheer saturation and starts seeking bliss or joy of a lasting nature which have more substance and depth.
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost.~ Buddha AN 10.1

If you do right, irrespective of what the other does, it will slow down the mind. ~ Rajini Menon
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