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Friday, October 23, 2009

PCRM (Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine)

PCRM (Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine) does two things for our vegetarian community:
(1) Educates US about proper scientific-evidence-based vegan nutrition
(2) Educates the medical world about proper scientific-evidence-based alternatives to the exploitation and use of animals in research and education.

Some see these two points as morally incompatible - but only because they think that there is or should be a strong firewall between science used for humans and science used for nonhumans.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Aversion to Religion and Phony Buddhism

photo of Barbara O'Brien

Barbara's Buddhism Blog

By Barbara O'Brien, - About.com Guide to Buddhism

Aversion to Religion and Phony Buddhism

Sunday October 18, 2009

One of the first articles I wrote for this site was "Buddhism: Philosophy or Religion?" I tried to make a case that whether Buddhism is a religion or philosophy is an artificial distinction, either way. Further, "arguing about whether Buddhism is a philosophy or a religion isn't an argument about Buddhism. It's an argument about our biases regarding philosophy and religion. Buddhism is what it is."

Still, one cannot use the words "Buddhism" and "religion" in the same sentence without somebody showing up and declaring, stoutly, that Buddhism is not a religion. To which my response has evolved into "Is too, nyah nyah nyah."

A comment to this blog post on prison Buddhism (the video with the post is interesting, btw) says, "Buddhism was never meant to be a religion. It's a mystic philosophy that fosters a certain path and practices. It's not meant to be organized." Let's take this claim apart and examine it.