Again, I think you are right.


It is difficult for us not to wonder about these things, however, doing so 
serves no real purpose. 


Nothing is more futile than arguing matters of faith.


I’ll return to counting my breaths J




From: [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of mike 
Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2008 9:34 PM
Subject: Re: [Zen] Dear Bill



Both these kinds of issues cannot be determined and require a certain amount of 
faith and belief (less so in science). This is why Buddha remained silent when 
asked metaphysical questions of this kind. Answering them makes no difference 
to human suffering and Buddhism, after all, is only for the purpose of ending 
suffering - not deciding whether the universe was created etc. In India, when 
Buddhism became more interested in discussing these kinds of issues it died. 

----- Original Message ----
Sent: Sunday, 6 July, 2008 6:57:50 AM
Subject: Re: [Zen] Dear Bill

From: Chuck Gierhart When you ask this question about a blade of grass, the
Pacific Ocean or a rock, no answer is possible. You can describe how these
things interact with their environment or the benefit we derive from them
but thatâ?Ts not the same as a purpose. To ask what purpose these things
have is a loaded question. The question itself implies that a supreme being
create them for a purpose.>

So you think that Zen is Atheism? That everything is a product of blind luck
and evolution? That one single cell amoeba kept evolving over billions of
years into incredibly complex strands of DNA for millions of completely
unconnected creatures?

Isn't Evolution an act of faith? Isn't the belief in no intelligent higher
power also a religion?



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