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You don't have to be religious to benefit from religion!

Posted Aug 23 2008 3:19pm

I am very interested in all types of religion and always welcome the opportunity to discuss peoples religious beliefs. It is fascinating to learn about how religion has shaped our history and continues to effect all of our lives. Whether it is Islam, Christianity, Dharma or Tao I find that I am in agreement with many of the core beliefs but I am still an atheist (someone who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings).

One of the religions of particular interest to me is Buddhism. At the moment I am reading " Destructive Emotions " an account of a small group of eminent psychologists, neuroscientists, and philosophers who met with the Dalai Lama and collaborated to move beyond the typical defensive response often seen when science, religion and philosophy meet. The book is a fascinating read and encouraged me to investigate a local Mindfulness based stress reduction course which I hope to attend soon.

People seem to think that there is a conflict in that I am an athiest but I want to attend a course based on buddhist beliefs and to them I say just one thing "You don't have to be religious to benefit from religion!"

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