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  • Are there any Zen Pagans out there? Is Zen Paganism a functional religion?

    Question by Beatchanter: Are there any Zen Pagans out there? Is Zen Paganism a functional religion?
    Let’s use as a base definition …..

    for Zen: “emphasis on practice and experiential wisdom—particularly as realized in the form of meditation known as zazen—in the attainment of awakening.”

    And Paganism: “a term which, from a Western perspective, has come to connote a broad set of spiritual or cultic practices or beliefs of any folk religion, and of historical and contemporary polytheistic religions in particular.”

    Best answer:

    Answer by rhio9
    Is ANY religion “functional”? I think not. I think all religion is DYSFUNCTIONAL.

    Add your own answer in the comments!

  • “If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.” -Einstein?

    Question by Thura Awng: “If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.” -Einstein?
    How do you think that statement?

    http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2009/01/monks-at-play-science-in-progr.html

    Best answer:

    Answer by Hiratoru
    First, Buddhism is not a religion. It is a lived philosophy as it has no god or supreme being, no anthropomorphic deity, it is a not a practice of a judgmental nature so it does not condemn and it excludes no one.

    The practice of Buddhism is based on that which one has reliably and verifiably experienced personally in his or her own lived life experience.

    In such a case and situation, when new facts are discovered or arise, one must then change his or her understanding so that the same agrees with the facts rather than denying the facts and retreating into ignorance.

    In this manner, this lived philosophy follows the example of modern science which adjust to new discoveries and facts so as to related and deal effectively with what is rather than how one might wish things to be.

    This allows Buddhism and the practice of the same to freely adapt to life as life progresses.

    namaste

    Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

  • If you think 2012 is the end of the world, are you admitting that Ancient Mayans had the one true religion?

    Question by Lindsay: If you think 2012 is the end of the world, are you admitting that Ancient Mayans had the one true religion?
    It’s THEIR prophecy after all. They weren’t predicting a Christian apocalypse. Christianity did not exist for them. They were predicting a MAYAN (you know, another one of the hundreds of diverse faiths you disrespectfully group together as “paganism”) apocalypse.

    Best answer:

    Answer by Massive Mann
    The world will come to an end…for them..OH, WAIT…Guess their calender was a little off.

    Give your answer to this question below!

  • Q&A: Shouldn’t Religion be a source of Unity???

    Question by Bobby The Wolf ((allecat)) RIP: Shouldn’t Religion be a source of Unity???
    In almost every religion I have studied there has been a law or guideline of some kind that if followed should bring the adherent and their neighbors (other humans) closer.

    Hinduism:
    The Bhagavad Gita says “That one I love who is incapable of ill will, and returns love for hatred.”

    Islam:
    In his last sermon, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said
    “Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.”

    Judaism:
    In Leviticus 19:18 it says
    “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your countrymen. Love your fellow as yourself: I am the L-RD.”

    Buddhism:
    “Putting oneself in the place of another,
    One should not kill nor cause another to kill.[9]
    One who, while himself seeking happiness, oppresses with violence other
    beings who also desire happiness, will not attain happiness hereafter.”

    In addition, the Dalai Lama has stated — “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

    Christianity:
    In Mathew 7:12 it says
    “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

    So than why my friends, is this world full of hate, if the majority of people believe in this!?

    Best answer:

    Answer by Guessses, A.R.T.
    My Answer: they get LOST in “Doctrine” & “Dogma” and lose focus of what should be.

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  • Basic questions on Wicca religion?

    Question by Katherine: Basic questions on Wicca religion?
    I just heard about this religion a few weeks ago and am wondering about it.
    Few basic questions I would like to be answered
    – Are you born into Wicca?
    – Is there a Wicca “mass” or something that resembles a weekly get-together?
    – What spells can be performed..examples specifically?
    – What do they believe in?
    – What is this thing with Wiccans and Satan?
    I’m just wondering more about this religion, so anything would help! I’d rather have actual answers instead of websites! Thanks!

    Best answer:

    Answer by Dan
    Modern “neopagans” are just a bunch of LARPers.

    The true Druidic arts should be taught from birth.

    Visit Newgrange and ask for Oigher Dubh.

    What do you think? Answer below!

  • What are the correspondences between Sumerian religion and Judaism?

    Question by Darth Seditious: What are the correspondences between Sumerian religion and Judaism?
    I am doing research on the similarities between Sumerian religion and Judaism. One of the things I am looking at is to see if possibly some of the gods became angels in Judaism. Is there any “paganism” that Judaism inherited from the Sumerian religion?

    Best answer:

    Answer by Sarah
    No. Judaism is inherently monotheistic. Angels do not have any power except as God’s servants.

    It’s not the Sumerian religion you should be looking at, it’s the Akkadian religion. So many more parallels there.

    Add your own answer in the comments!

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