Thursday, 3 August 2017
Metaphysics And Morality
"'...it's quite a semantic quibble whether the purer sects of Buddhism are religions, in the ordinary sense. Certainly they are agnostic with respect to gods or other hypothetical animistic elements in the reality-complex; their doctrine of karma does not require reincarnation as that term is generally used; and in fact, nirvana is not annihilation, but rather is a state that may be achieved in this life and consists of - '"
-Poul Anderson, Satan's World IN Anderson, David Falkayn: Star Trader (Riverdale, NY, 2010), pp. 329-598 AT p. 374.
However, there is a very different way to discuss Buddhism. See Spiritual Guidance.
"'You have caused much harm, through vicious selfishness and it turned on you.'
"'Yes,' she said softly.
"'You are fortunate it did so quickly; this is an opportunity. But do not fancy yourself uniquely guilty, a monster that is a wonder to the world; that too is vanity, and leads back to the same errors. You cannot undo the past by regret; nor can you avoid the painful consequences of your actions through fear. Both these things are equally impossible. Do not dwell on the past or deny it; do not fear the future.'"
-SM Stirling, The Tears Of The Sun (New York, 2012), Chapter Sixteen, p. 491.