Made To Measure

Nichiren BuddhismSo many of the World Religions base their beliefs on a God, a Supreme Being, a Creator or an Entity whose existence is the focus of the religion’s belief.

As a confirmed Atheist, that focus never sat comfortably in my psyche. I don’t think anyone really believes in a white haired old man sitting in the clouds these days, but there are millions of people who base their faith on a Being whose existence cannot be proven. In fact, many religions actively seek to dissuade followers from even trying to prove that existence.

I was schooled in the Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology as well as Psychology, and those sciences demand proof for each and every hypothesis. So when I stumbled, and that is the right way to describe it, upon Nichiren Buddhism, I was overjoyed to find that there was no supreme being and that every part of Practice demands we examine the results of that Practice as proof of it’s validity.

Nichiren Daishonin said that we should seek proof of the effectiveness of our Practice in the results it brings. He also says that if the results do not support the practice, that we should desist.

I don’t want anyone to think that I am putting Nichiren Buddhism above or before any other religion, I am only saying that, for me, it fits my thinking and for me, it works. Although I have been practicing for a while now, I am still learning new things all the time, and the results have been amazing, so the proof is there for me and others to see.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. silenceofmind
    Mar 19, 2014 @ 15:30:24

    One of the first principles taught in the Bible is that God is reasonable and that man, created in God’s image is also reasonable.

    Pagan Greek philosophers such as Aristotle taught that man’s ability to reason was a key aspect of human nature.

    And those same ancient Greeks did indeed prove the existence of God through pure reason just as Einstein reasoned out Relativity decades before science could catch up with him.

    The purpose of religion is not to deprive us of our ability to reason but to teach virtues which attenuate the baser nature of man.

    Atheism does nothing to attenuate the baser nature of man.

    That is why atheist regimes are responsible for the greatest mass murders in human history.

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    • Anupadin
      Mar 20, 2014 @ 08:17:37

      Whilst I support your right to your own beliefs, I think you will find that most mass murders, those deaths caused by world wars and earlier of the crusades, have been brought about by people ‘defending’ or promoting their god.

      Virtually all the conflicts around the world today are about religious differences, so I have to disagree with your sentiments, though I would support your right to say them.

      Sadly, Man uses his god as a great excuse to be aggressive to those who do not hold the same beliefs.

      If god existed, he (or she) would be appalled at the acts carried out in his (or her) name.

      Namaste ~ Anupadin

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  2. Anirudh
    Mar 28, 2014 @ 17:50:47

    im curious to know your victories Anupadin, if you dont mind…

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    • Anupadin
      Mar 29, 2014 @ 13:59:21

      I count my victories as the improvements in my own nature as seen by me and others.

      I wasn’t a very nice person until I realised that, through mindfulness and self examination, brought about by my Buddhist Practice.

      You might also count things like being more aware of making causes and allowing karma to produce the results, as in my change to teaching.

      Namaste ~ Anupadin

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