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The Religious Stuff in Buddhism

Frequent commenters Mumon and Petteri exchanged some thoughts on becoming a Buddhist within the Zen tradition (although this would apply to other traditions as well). After describing the Helsinki Zen Center as "an overtly Buddhist group. A religious one, even," Petteri writes,... Read Full Post
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One of Those Other Buddhisms: the Nichiren Series, Part 1

Religion / Buddhism : IDP Blog (11 months ago)

I have to say that I cringe a little, when I hear mostly White Buddhists talk about "ethnic" Buddhist traditions. Sure, every large religious or philosophical tradition can stray from core tenets over time, or the connection to thos... Read Post

The more encompassing definition of Zen

Religion / Buddhism : The Zennist (5 months ago)

The history of Zen Buddhism doesn’t begin with the crystalized image of Zen that we recognize today. History tells us that there were teachers of Zen in China before Bodhidharma. They taught traditional Buddhist meditation, the kind... Read Post

Buddhism sees its role in Japanese culture start to decline

Religion : Religion News Blog (6 years ago)

When it comes to funerals the Japanese have traditionally been inflexibly Buddhist - so much so that Buddhism in Japan is often called "funeral Buddhism," a reference to the religion's former near-monopoly on the elaborate, and lucr... Read Post


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