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The Dalai Lama Nails It: "Religion is No Longer Adequate"
Submitted by Ethan Nichtern on Thu, 9/13/2012, 2:38pm
"All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether."
I could not agree more. With a world that is turning away from reasonable religion (at the speed of light) toward either atheism or fundamentalism, we need some shared ethical basis for participation that is not grounded in religious principles that only SOME people adhere to. It also can't be based on greed, aggression, and provoking fear of the "other" constantly.
We need to find a more secular ethics based on things like mindfulness, empathy, and interdependence. This is why I am such a fan of a secular approach to Buddhism, presented as tools for the development of these secular qualities, which can be useful to atheists and religious folks alike.
The Dalai Lama literally just said "Religion is no longer adequate." Makes me think he'd probably be pretty into secular Buddhism, no?
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