Originally posted by twhitehead
Probably a number of factors including:
- Buddhism is probably more flexible - ie you can change your beliefs quite dramatically without saying you are no longer Buddhist.
- Different cultures of the members.
- Different education circumstances. As I understand it as education levels rise people on average become less religious. Maybe the education lev ...[text shortened]... believe that there is more risk of ostracism if you leave Islam than with most other religions.
Hi, there, TW! Hope all is well with you and yours.
Buddhism is probably more flexible - ie you can change your beliefs quite dramatically without saying you are no longer Buddhist.
Or having other Buddhists declare you not to be a “true” Buddhist…?
That kind of thing could
be a pragmatic reason for choosing a given religion/philosophy, however, not an evidentiary reason. One who sticks with Buddhism because they believe, say, that a range of perspectival beliefs (given the perspectival nature of human consciousness) best expresses
the general “truth of the matter” would be putting the same point into an evidentiary category.
I would hope that most people change, or stick with, religions/philosophies ultimately for evidentiary reasons rather than simply for pragmatic ones.
NOTE: Some people argue that Buddhism is not, properly, a religion but a philosophy—since it does not require
belief in a supernatural dimension of any kind.
Clear light refracted
through a thousand prisms:
Then folks argue about
which resulting hue
is the only “true” color—
(That is, from my Zen perspective, a very Buddhist bit of doggerel.)