OLD BUDDHA – NEW ATHEISM
“The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins has become a hugely popular book in recent times, and much talked about. In this book Dawkins, echoing other ‘New Atheists’ describes religion as a parasitical virus on humanity, that is a deep form of mental abuse on people and on free thought. This popular accusation is leveled at all religion, including Buddhism.
Do we have a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card because there is no Creator God in Buddhism? Can a Buddhist be an Atheist? Is Buddhism compatible with atheism?
We will take a look at the entertaining and well presented Documantary by Dawkins on this topic, whilst enjoying a good (and inexpensive) lunch at the Suan Pai Vegetarian compound, in the second floor air-conditioned room. Dr Will Yaryan will be moderating, along with Phra Cittasamvaro and other regulars. There is a further blog by Dr Will on this topic