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Dalai Lama tells Facebook fans "religion is no longer adequate" by Lauren O'Neil- Is religion past its prime?

Leprachaun999 2012/09/19 22:43:19
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Religion seems to spark such hatred and anger in the followers. Mainly the big three but even among those that do not believe in any God. Now there is a big difference between faith and religion. Religion is just a bunch of rules and regulations set out to control the followers. Faith is a personal relationship with what ever you believe inn. If you truly believe in your chosen faith there should be no reason to get angry or even debate, that is unless you are secretly questioning your own faith.


The Dalai Lama sparked a great deal of discussion this week by writing "religion is no longer adequate" on his Facebook page.



The Tibetan Buddhist leader, who has 4.3 million Facebook fans, posted this status update on Monday:



"All the world's major religions, with their emphasis on love,
compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote
inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding
ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly
convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about
spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether."



The post got over 4, 770 comments, and over 53, 920 shares.



Because the Dalai Lama, 77, is one of the world's most recognizable
religious figures, his words got others talking-and questioning his
intent.



"It's one thing when philosophers, atheists or even religious folks on
the fringes of a system call for serious reevaluation, but when the
Dalai Lama says it, that's enough to give me pause and wonder if this
post-Christendom direction we've been headed toward in the west isn't a
greater trend that's seeping into the global zeitgeist," wrote Christian
Piatt in a reactionary blog post called "Does the Dalai Lama Want to End All Religion?"



The Huffington Post reports that the status update was actually
excerpted from a from a book released by the Dalai Lama last year called
"Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World."



In it, he argues that secular ethics are more important when it comes to
dealing with the problems in today's world than organized religion.





Some suggest that by "secular ethics" the Dalai Lama is referring to
science - a field that the Nobel Peace Prize winner has shown a keen
interest in for years.





"The Dalai Lama's advice sounds startling familiar (sic) -- one that
echos the sentiment put forth by outspoken atheist Sam Harris who argues
that science can answer moral questions," writes Geoge Dvorsky on i09.
"The Dalai Lama is no stranger to scientific discourse, and has
developed a great fascination with neuroscience in particular. It's very
possible, therefore, that his thinking has aligned with Harris."
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  • seathanaich 2012/12/20 22:04:10 (edited)
    Yes
    seathanaich
    Of course religion is past its prime. We're no longer tribal societies, hunting animals and gathering crops. We have used scientific methodology to give us real answers, we don't need the fairy tales of our ancestors to explain life and death.

    "Faith is a personal relationship with what ever you believe inn."

    No, that's not what "faith" is. That's spirituality. Faith is belief in something for which you have no evidence, or in spite of the evidence against it.

    "This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether."

    We Humanists figured this out a long time ago - well, the ethics part, anyway. There is no need for spirituality, which has nothing to do with morals and ethics.
  • Kookieless The Sexy Nihilis... 2012/12/19 00:52:46
  • JwonGalt 2012/12/18 17:42:32
    Yes
    JwonGalt
    He is Correct.
  • Clay Slayer 2012/12/18 15:05:31
    Yes
    Clay Slayer
    Religion is Divisive, evil and full of Hate. always has been and always will be..
  • DoxieDad 2012/12/18 05:03:16
    Yes
    DoxieDad
    Personal faith in a deity is an individual choice. If it gives you comfort it is for you.
    The industry of Religion or Anti-Religion are just that a business to make money at.
  • Mr Chin 2012/12/18 04:15:49
    Yes
    Mr Chin
    +1
    Religion has terrorized lately more than it has helped.
    religion terrorized helped
    Damn america
    sick pedophile priest
  • M.C 2012/12/18 03:45:08
    Yes
    M.C
    +1
    it is past its prime, every year less and less people believe in god. the more peaceful countries are populated mostly by atheists, it will catch on.
  • The Laughing man 2012/09/20 14:27:09 (edited)
    Yes
    The Laughing man
    my view is that the religions as they are now aren't adequate for the society we now live in. there will no doubt be new religions as the centuries and millenia role by with concepts based on the ideals of that time. most religions as they stand are based on relatively old concepts and struggle to adapt to this ever changing social structure.
  • stevmackey 2012/09/20 12:04:18
    No
    stevmackey
    What is he part of? Next thing is he'll be eating at McDonald's. lol
  • Leprach... stevmackey 2012/09/20 19:05:51
    Leprachaun999
    A belief system that is separate from religion.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/09/20 02:27:29
    No
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    We actually need MORE religion, because there is more evil.
  • M.C Torchma... 2012/12/18 03:40:57
    M.C
    look at countries populated mostly by atheists., they are the most peaceful and have less crime.
  • Okie Lady 2012/09/20 02:14:24
    No
    Okie Lady
    What does the Dalai Lama know? He's what? Buddhist? Certainly not Christian! Christianity will never be beyond its prime.
  • Leprach... Okie Lady 2012/09/20 02:56:42
    Leprachaun999
    +2
    hahahaha
  • Navin J... Okie Lady 2013/08/28 10:37:59
    Navin Johnson (The Jerk)
    the Dalai Lama knows much.
  • Glfer65 2012/09/20 00:56:49
    Yes
    Glfer65
    I have said many times and this is the reason why. Keep your religious faiths to yourself. If you want to tell people what you believe in that is your right but do not expect everyone to be happy or respectful as many people of faiths have not done the same to those who do not have faith in something.

    Life is about learning of yourself and if it means through a God or not that is your choice. Give people the space they expect and they in return will give you yours.
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2012/09/20 00:38:55
    No
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +3
    Perhaps the Dalai Lama knows that it is faith and not Religion that counts.
  • Glfer65 ☆stillt... 2012/09/20 00:57:41
    Glfer65
    +1
    That is why I have said keep it to yourself and allow others the same respect.
  • ☆stillt... Glfer65 2012/09/20 01:21:21
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +2
    Then how do we spread the good news?
  • Glfer65 ☆stillt... 2012/09/20 01:25:09
    Glfer65
    +1
    I said you have every right to talk about it and some will be open to it. Others not, just be ready for anyone who does not like hearing it if they don't like it.
  • ☆stillt... Glfer65 2012/09/20 01:33:23
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +3
    If they do not want to hear that is their right. I never try to force my beliefs on anyone. Here they can take or leave and never have to respond.
    Thank You
  • Glfer65 ☆stillt... 2012/09/20 01:39:35
    Glfer65
    +1
    Thank you for your views. I am always looking and wanting to see what others think as long as they have a respectful attitude towards all even if they disagree.
  • ☆stillt... Glfer65 2012/09/20 02:15:50
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +1
    You are very welcome!
  • Leprach... ☆stillt... 2012/09/20 01:27:18
    Leprachaun999
    +1
    When someone asks, share it.
  • ☆stillt... Leprach... 2012/09/20 01:29:02
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +2
    I do!!
  • Leprach... ☆stillt... 2012/09/20 01:30:42
    Leprachaun999
    +1
    That is the key to do it with respect, If someone does not want to hear it move on. =)
  • ☆stillt... Leprach... 2012/09/20 01:36:25
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +1
    They have that same option. They do not need to engage me.
  • Azazyel's Dragon 2012/09/20 00:32:54
    No
    Azazyel's Dragon
    +1
    No, I think it's just getting started...
  • Leprach... Azazyel... 2012/09/20 00:36:32
    Leprachaun999
    +2
    How So?
  • Azazyel... Leprach... 2012/09/20 00:42:23
    Azazyel's Dragon
    +2
    I think we're going to see a spiritual awakening in the next hundred years that's unparalleled from what history's seen before. I'm not saying that it's going to be Christianity, but I think people will become more aware of the spirit realm around them. A lot of religions are going to start "popping up"...
  • Glfer65 Azazyel... 2012/09/20 00:58:43
    Glfer65
    +1
    That is a very good feeling and I have often thought of it the same way that we are near the ready point of another door opening for the minds of the human race.
  • Azazyel... Glfer65 2012/09/20 01:06:11
    Azazyel's Dragon
    +1
    Yeah, I think the Mayan's believed that...right? Not sure.
  • Glfer65 Azazyel... 2012/09/20 01:15:21
    Glfer65
    +1
    That is how I see it. We are ready for another door in our mind to be opened and to accept new ways of living.
  • Azazyel... Glfer65 2012/09/20 01:39:07
    Azazyel's Dragon
    +1
    Yep...it's going to be interesting...
  • M.C Azazyel... 2012/12/18 03:42:00
    M.C
    +1
    actually it is dieing out year by year less people believe, thank goodness.
  • beach bum 2012/09/19 23:21:12
    No
    beach bum
    +2
    spirituality
  • Sister Jean 2012/09/19 22:50:45
    No
    Sister Jean
    +2
    he meant we need to be MORE spiritual
  • Azazyel... Sister ... 2012/09/20 00:33:42
    Azazyel's Dragon
    +1
    Agreed on that one, Sister!

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