Buddhism: Ancient vs. Rational.
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Eisel Mazard
Eisel Mazard
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Why would the most ancient texts be the most rational? Here's a quick answer to the question of why so many Buddhists (and scholars of Buddhism) look at the history of the religion in these terms. There's a cultural connection between the 20th century's construction of a rationalized "historical Buddha", and the 19th century construction of "the historical Jesus"; the sequence of how the ancient texts became known in the modern West re-enforced this tendency.
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Read more if you wanna: "The Opposite of Buddhism: European Colonialism and Interpretation".
https://medium.com/@eiselmazard/the-opposite-of-buddhism-1-a192b6880f30
http://a-bas-le-ciel.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-opposite-of-buddhism-article.html
The other essay mentioned as "Canon and Reason", starts here:
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