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The goal can be simpllfied down to: "non-attachment to ego". We need a basic, functional "self" to deal with the world on an everyday basis, as did the Buddha. The problems come in when we over-iden… ((more))
OP, it sounds from your description, that he's missing an important piece in his practice. Meditation/insight is only part of the package. Another key part of the package, is developing compassion.
OP, Stephen Batchelor gives a very simple and practical explanation of it. He says it's really not about anything mysterious or complex. It's simply about the fact, that as human beings, we're always… ((more))
Even without a deity, Zen Buddhists get everything else a major religion offers: Traditional spiritual teachings and practices, scriptures and literature collected over the course of millennia, ritua… ((more))
Yes; it doesn't involve faith, except for faith that the practice will work. Like having faith in psychotherapy. Psychotherapy isn't a religion.
I've always loved the accountability in … ((more))