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OSNews, Generic OSes The weeks just keep flying by, don't they? It's time for another Week in Review, and this time, we actually have a few interesting things to review. Microsoft is going on the full assault against Apple and Linux on netbooks, Canonical retaliates, the IBM-Sun deal is still the talk of the week, and we did a podcast. This week's My Take isn't a happy one, but it is an important one.
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RE[2]: Rwanda
by sithlord2 on Mon 13th Apr 2009 11:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Rwanda"
sithlord2
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2009-04-02

SJ87:

I'm Buddhist so I don't believe in a God either. My religion helped through a lot of harsh times during my life. Where is the abuse in that?

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RE[3]: Rwanda
by sj87 on Mon 13th Apr 2009 11:31 in reply to "RE[2]: Rwanda"
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2007-12-16

Well, yea, buddhism isn't a real religion, because it lacks the small group of abusers.

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RE[3]: Rwanda
by darknexus on Mon 13th Apr 2009 15:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Rwanda"
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2008-07-15

SJ87:

I'm Buddhist so I don't believe in a God either. My religion helped through a lot of harsh times during my life. Where is the abuse in that?

I think, perhaps, you two don't have the same definition of "religion." I know I'm not sj87, but hey, I'm gonna jump in here anyway.
To me, religion and spirituality are two completely different things--not mutually exclusive, but not related either. Spirituality is, to me, believing in something that helps you make sense of the world and deal with hard times in your life. It need only make sense to you, the person who believes it, though it need not be something specific to you alone, such as Buddhism.
Religion, on the other hand, is an organization that uses a set spirituality to enforce certain behaviors and principles on its followers. It is, for all intents and purposes, a governmental system. If you do this, you'll be loved. If you do not, you will be punished. That sort of thing. And like any government, the ones at the top who make the rules don't typically have to follow them. Typically, the central tactic applied by this system is the idea of an all-powerful, supernatural being who is watching every move you make and will visit eternal punishment on you if you do not follow his rules... which, conveniently, only the higher-ups in the governmental structure are able to find out, and they then pass it on to you. Anyone with a brain, one would think, could see through this but apparently they can't.
From what I consider a religion, Buddhism doesn't qualify. I consider it more a spiritual belief than an organized, regimented, dictatorial religion.
Religion is a word that, like many related to it, each of us defines differently. The way I look at it, spirituality is a very good thing... it's only when it becomes a religion that it turns rotten.

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RE[4]: Rwanda
by sithlord2 on Mon 13th Apr 2009 15:41 in reply to "RE[3]: Rwanda"
sithlord2 Member since:
2009-04-02

Well, I can agree on some of your arguments. Religion should be not be practiced in a way to control the behaviour of other people. It should be practiced individually to gain moral discpline and do "the right thing". I think all major religions started out that way...

As soon as people use this spiritual practice to control other peoples behaviour, the religion loses his primary intend. In my opinion, this is not a problem with the religon, but with the people who use/abuse their religion for such ends.

PS: I heard from a lot of people that they don't consider Buddhism as a real religion :-) Altough it is very organized in some countries (ex: Tibet) and we do have concepts like heaven, hell, gods and demons. We just consider those as other elements of nature (like humans, animals, the earth, etc...).

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