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The Monk and the Philosopher : A Father and Son Discuss the Meaning of Life
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Amazon.es in Spain. ASIN=0805211039, Category: Philosophy, Language: E, cover: PB, pages: 351, year: 2000.
The philosoph JFR discusses with his son MR, a Tibetan monk,
the age-old debate between reason and faith.
Western culture confronts Eastern concepts of spiritual experience.
Review © (2004) by interesting-books-selector.com
The Dalai Lama favours democracy and hopes for a
independent democratic Tibet, but quote MR (p234/5):
"Should Tibetan people ever opt for violence
by a democratically determined decision, he [the Dalai Lama] has
made it clear that he would completely withdraw from political life."
- even in case of violent resistance against the
enduring Chinese occupation (see p237).
I'm unable to understand, how an outspoken democratic political leader
could treathen with his resignation, should the majority
vote against his convictions!
To me that means the Dalai Lama is against democracy, which
would support the current controversy in Western civilization,
The God that Failed by Hans-Hermann Hoppe.
The conclusion, quote MR (p351):
"But no dialogue, however enlightening it might be, could
ever be a substitute for the silence of personal experience,
so indispensable for an understanding of how things really are."
seems to contradict the book itself which
consists of 351 pages of philosophic dialogue.
I'd nevertheless recommend reading this book.
When I finished it, I ordered several more books about Tibetan Buddhism
in the hope to discover more irrefutable logic thinking like
the Buddhist disproof of the existence of an all-powerful
Creator; quote MR (p105):
"Either the Creator doesn't 'decide' to create, in which
case all-powerfullness is lost, for creation happens outside his will;
or he creates voluntarily, in which case he can't be all-powerful,
either, as he is creating under the influence of his desire to create."
But not only striking logic appeals in Buddhism,
as Bertrand Russell remarked in
What is an Agnostic?, quote:
"Of the great religions of history, I prefer Buddhism, especially in its earliest
forms, because it has had the smallest element of persecution."
Buddhism promises happiness for everybody
without the need for "Novus Ordo Seculorum".
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