I suspect that there are just as many leftists reading this as there are religionists or even fascists! Some may think that they will gain
RATIONALISING ‘天’ (TIAN1) IN MODERN CHINA The lecturer is correct about the Chinese ideogram ‘天’ (Tian1) but it is not as simple as he suggests.
Hatred or disapproval are bourgeois responses and are unsuitable attitudes for Marxist-Leninists to hold with regard to religions and religiously minded individuals. Yes, religions can be dangerous, as can science in the wrong hands, or indeed political ideology. I am not condoning thousands of years of Church oppression, violence or murder in the West, (or any religiously motivated tyranny in the rest of the world), but I am acknowledging the fact that historical (cultural) forces manufacture religions and religious followers – and this is not the fault of the individuals concerned.
This article is intended as an antidote to those leftists who equate Richard Dawkins’ pathological rejection of religion, with his support for Marxism, or Marxist-Leninism.
The Buddha never argued that the physical world does not exist, even if he acknowledged that all material constructs that come together are changeable and impermanent.
Buddhism was not designed to be a theistic religion, but rather an alternative to the belief that gods and goddesses existed ‘unseen’ in the material