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Naturalistic Buddhism
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self, William, unkindly, distortions, harmoniously, illusions, changeable, equanimity, evolutionary, hungry, order, mediation, mind, suffering, varieties, reproduction, orientation, meditation
as with other religions, there are                    of Buddhism
different varieties of Buddhism in Asia
Western Buddhism
people who weren't born Buddhist but who have chosen to adopt Buddhism
don't pay much attention to the supernatural parts of Buddhism
e.g. being reincarnated as a              ghost
naturalistic ideas in Buddhism
what is the human         ?
why do people suffer?
why is there sadness?
why do people behave                 ?
does the human mind deceive people about the nature of reality?
can we change the way the mind works, and in particular through                     ?
these questions apply to both religious and naturalistic Buddhism
consolation in times of sorrow
                     in the turbulence of life
whether you consider naturalistic Buddhism a religion depends on how you define religion
"The life of religion consists of the belief that there is an unseen           , and that our supreme good lies in harmoniously adjusting ourselves thereto." -                James
Buddhism asserts that we should                          adjust ourselves to the hidden truth that our mind is being hidden from, and lays out a path for this harmonious adjustment
the Buddhist claim is that by doing this, we can alleviate and even end our                   , and in the process align ourselves with moral truth
modern psychology lends support to some Buddhist ideas
that certain                        are built into the human mind and we suffer as a result
that there is a sense that the         , that thing inside me that is running the show, does not exist
modern psychology includes                          psychology
the study of how the human mind was shaped by natural selection
that some of the delusions that we have were built in by natural selection for purposes which can be understood in terms of how humans were thus able to better live until age of                         
just because something is natural, or formed by natural selection, doesn't mean it isn't                     
part of the idea of Buddhism is a counter-programming of the brain through such techniques as                    and to neutralize some of the tendencies that were built into the brain by natural selection
Buddhism very much wants to run into opposition to some of the logic by which natural selection wired the brain
however, Buddhism does make use of some things that natural selection engrained in us including love, compassion, and rational thought
the interesting question is not whether meditation has made people happier or suffer less, but whether it has done this by dispelling                    that the mind has build into it


equanimity, n. the quality of being calm and even-tempered  "Naturalistic Buddhism can give people a sense that their lives have meaning, consolation in times of sorrow, and equanimity as they encounter the turbulence of life."


William James (1842-1910)
Father of American psychology
  • founder of functional psychology with Peirce and Dewey
  • influenced Husserl

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Naturalistic Buddhism
Feelings and Illusions
The First Two Noble Truths
Buddhism as Rebellion Against Natural Selection's Agenda
The Eightfold Path and the Matrix
Mindful Meditation
The Default Mode Network
The Evolution and Purpose of Feelings
Anātman: Buddha's Concept of the Not-Self
The Five Aggregates and the Non-Self
Left Brain, Right Brain, and The Self
Delusions of the Self
What Mental Modules Are Not
The Modular Theory of the Mind
Modular Theory of Mind and the Non-Self
Mind Modularity, Cravings, and Self Control
The Experience of the Not-Self