Buddhism 2


We have examined and answered:

  1. Reincarnation, and found there is no real proof.
  2. The Dalai Lama’s claims of consecutive life/death/rebirth, and found many inconsistencies with the story.
  3. The Dalai Lama’s methods of being discovered lend themselves to a great deal of probable error, if not outright coaching of candidates what to say/do.

In this post, we examine the 50 million dollar question – who set up the system of the karmic wheel, life/death/rebirth/nirvana?

This is a major area in which Buddhism falls apart.

“Who created the Universe?”

The answer is usually, “The universe has always been here.” or “it created itself.”

So – nothing plus nothing equals everything, then.

Logically, this falls apart immediately.

SOMEBODY put together this system. Someone organized it. Someone set up the rules we all play by. There’s a definite order to the way Buddhists believe. Without a supreme being, a God, the order becomes suspect.

Who determines whether a person ascends or descends the karmic wheel? Who examines ones motives? Actions? Thoughts? The eightfold path places emphasis upon these things.

If we see a rich prince depart from luxury and depart to become a monk, and then become disillusioned with the false religion he’s in – we can well understand Buddhism. it sounds logical – but without a God, the whole system breaks down VERY rapidly.

Buddhism 1


What is the weakness of Buddhism’s basic beliefs?

There’s not the slightest evidence that reincarnation exists.

I do not accept the “Evidence” that supposedly exists of people remembering past lives. Why is it that New Agers always believe they were chiefs, kings, warlords, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra? Nobody ever seems to be slaves, lepers, etc.

Although people seem to remember details of past lives, there’s major drawbacks to it. There’s never been a documented case of someone in the UK for example speaking of living in a tribe or country they’d never heard about. For example, the Hyksos were numerous at one point in history – yet for some reason nobody ever claims to have been one.

Nobody who seems to have memories of a previous life can ever fill in researchers and historians with any of the missing details about those lives. For instance, researchers know about the Carthaginian civilization, and about Troy. However, there are details of daily life that are missing. If you lived that life for sixty years, surely you should be able to write out a daily listing. “Well, here’s what we did.”

And strange how all these people seem to know they were an Egyptian Pharaoh… but can’t seem to remember how to speak any ancient Egyptian. Or read hieroglyphs without being trained. Or the names of their parents or children, so that we can verify historically their claims.

examined in its logical conclusion, Reincarnation breaks down quickly. Reincarnation is to Buddhism what the Resurrection is to Christianity – no reincarnation, no Buddhism.

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Heb 9:27 (KJV)

There is an incompatibility between Buddhism and Christianity. Buddhism claims there is no God (an inconsistent claim, as we’ll prove soon…) – Christianity believes in one God revealed in three persons. Buddhism believes in an endless chain of life/death/rebirth – Christianity believes one cannot save oneself due to the sin barrier, Buddhism believes we must save ourselves.

Buddhists often cite the Dalai Lama as proof of reincarnation. However, we’ll dispose of that very quickly.

The teaching is that the Dalai Lama is at the top of the Karmic cycle. The current Dalai Lama denies this. Tibetan mysticism claims that all the Dalai Lamas are the same person, reincarnated over and over again, something I believe it was the 8th Dalai Lama confirmed. The current Dalai Lama denies this, saying he came from the 8th onward, and that the first through 7th achieved Nirvana.

There’s huge inconsistencies in what all of the Dalai Lamas have claimed. It would be enough in a court of law to discredit this man as a witness. In addition, the 9th Dalai Lama did something that would have reduced his karma level drastically, by urging Tibetans to go to war against Burma. It means that he would have dropped several levels in the karmic wheel, and would have to work his way back up. The 10th Dalai Lama would have to be chosen from among the higher ranking monks, instead of seeking the reincarnated Dalai Lama. So if the current Dalai Lama is correct, and that he is reincarnated from the 7th Dalai Lama, this would mean he also was the 9th – and thus would have to spend successive lives restoring his karmic level!

This is the second inconsistency.

The Third one is subtle, and calls for a careful reading of all the Dalai Lama has spoken in his numerous books (in which, like successive lives, he repeats himself in each book! To know all the Dalai Lama has said, you could save a lot of money and just buy one book). The tone in his books when he speaks of his selection, he is always careful to point out that there was another candidate – and he is always careful to state that there was a disagreement among the monks over which child was the Dalai Lama.

It reads to anyone familiar with human nature as if – the Dalai Lama is confessing he thinks the other candidate was the real Dalai Lama, and that he’s a fraud.

The fact that there was disagreement between the monks shatters the nice propaganda belief that the monks, impassionate, examine the two youths, and the choice is clear. However, this is far from the truth. Some monks, trained in recognizing who the Dalai Lama is, believed the other one was the Dalai Lama.

The current Dalai Lama admits that he frequently entertained the other youth at the monastery, which reeks of guilt and the need to assuage it.

Here’s some simple ways to explode the Dalai Lama rebirth stories.

  • The monks always assumed that the Dalai Lama would be reborn in Tibet. This way they merely searched Tibet’s towns and villages. What if he was reborn in Alaska? They’d never find him.
  • The identifying sign is that the candidate always must be born at the moment the other one dies. In a culture without clocks, this is nearly impossible to ascertain. How did they know they chose the right one before Tibet had clocks?
  • It’s funny that in fourteen generations of supposed rebirth, the Dalai Lama never said, “Here’s an idea – I’ll greet you by name, and the code word will be ‘stewed tomatoes'”. or something similar. The testing system seems improbable.
  • Researchers have shown that there is unconscious clues that an untrained person exhibits when you want someone to choose something. An attentive child will simply pick up on those clues. It’s like the “counting horse” that at first stunned science – until they realized the math whiz was simply watching his owner, and stopped tapping when he saw the clues stop. so, showing a child some of the Dalai Lama’s belongings proves nothing. Especially when you add the element of random chance and guesswork into it. The answer is, both children either read the clues of the testing monks – or just randomly guessed correctly.
  • There was another candidate whom some of the monks preferred. This means you had two children identifying things the Dalai Lama had owned – not one. Explain that, if you believe reincarnation is the answer. The real Dalai Lama should have identified the items, and the other candidate should have just looked confused and obviously guessed.
  • The Dalai Lama should be consistent if he’s truly the same person over and over again. He should be saying all the same things – not contradicting what previous Dalai Lamas said.
  • The system, to be honest, also lends itself far too well with candidates being coached what to say/do/look for. In other words, an orchestrated sham.
  • It almost seems more a lottery system. “If you guess right, you win the right to… well, stay poor and hungry.” Temujin at least is sincere. No house parties in his temple. He stays humble and poor, even going begging with other monks when visiting other countries.

I am not smearing the Dalai Lama. He is a great man, committed to teaching what he truly believes. I personally would like him if I met him. I respect him greatly.

However, we’re looking into religion, not just philosophies. These choices men make on what they believe have eternal consequences. I may respect the Dalai Lama, but I do not agree with him. He is following a false religion straight into destruction, and taking others with him. This makes him a false teacher, as sincere as he is.

As a committed follower of Jesus Christ, I cannot let men make choices that will result in them being lost forever in agony and torment without attempting to prove the way that will save. So, as much as I like the Dalai Lama as a person, I have to point out where the whole thing falls apart – in order to save souls. In my shoes, you’d do the same.

Buddhism


Buddhism could best be described as the religion of “Nothing”. there are several different kinds of Buddhism, the most popular being Chan Buddhism (In Japan, known as Zen) and Tibetan Buddhism.

From my Bible College info:

The essence of Buddhism may be summarized in its: Three Jewels; Four Noble Truths; The Noble Eightfold Paths; and The Ten Precepts. Here are some examples of these:

I go to the Buddha for refuge (3 Jewels);

To stop suffering one must stop desiring (4 Noble Truths);

8-Fold Path

  1. right views
  2. right intention
  3. right speech
  4. right action
  5. right livelihood
  6. right effort
  7. right mindfulness
  8. right concentration.

I observe the precept not to enjoy any dancing, singing or playing of musical instruments, I observe the precept not to indulge in the use of flowers, perfumes, or any other cosmetics (10 Precepts).

I’ll fill in the missing info. Buddhism claims it is not about worshipping the Buddha, but rather about the Buddha’s theory that all life is suffering. To be elevated above this world, one must begin to divorce ones mind from the things that cause suffering.

Here’s an example. You want that new car you saw in a TV commercial. You want it badly. It upsets you that you can’t have it.

The Buddhism answer is: Stop being greedy. Give up the desire for that car. If you don’t desire it, the desire will not cause suffering. Thus you achieve peace.

This is the problem. Buddhism’s really logical. However, it’s tied to both the Buddha’s Atheism, and the karmic wheel of Hinduism. It’s very possible that if Gautama (The Buddha’s real name) had lived near Israel, he probably would have anticipated Christianity by reading the prophets.

Buddhism teaches we are stuck in the karmic wheel of endless suffering. To some forms of Buddhism, life on Earth itself is Hell, and we must free ourselves from it.

To free ourselves from the endless cycle of birth/death/rebirth, we must involve ourselves with right thought/right speech/right actions. These are the Three Jewels of Buddhism.

Taking reincarnation to its logical extension, the Dalai Lama teaches Tibetan Buddhists not to hate anyone – as anyone on earth could have been your mother in a previous life.

We will begin answering these tomorrow. It won’t take long, as Buddhism fails only in a couple of levels, and we will discuss those rapidly.  Once those are gone, you’re left with… well, nothing.

Buddhism is one of the two religions I know a great deal about, as I was investigating which religion I would follow. The three top contenders was Buddhism, Shintoism, and Native American animism. I was well on my way into a synthesis of all three religions when I became convinced of Christianity.

I’ve repented of all that, of course. I am a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. John 3:36