Buddhism, Religion, and a Campaign of Misinformation

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PHIL 123
1 June 2010
Buddhism, Religion, and a Campaign of Misinformation
The standard argument as to why Buddhism should not be considered a religion is based on the premise that Buddhism does not specifically address the existence of God and is therefore not a religion. However, Buddhism in its purest form, which is that which is practiced in Tibet, does stress structured Buddhist teachings and practices in the context of spirituality. Thus, the case is made in this paper that Buddhism should technically qualify as a religion based upon this premise alone.
A unique argument is posited in this paper which suggests that the Chinese government, in its comprehensive suppression of...
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..... religion and would have a much better public case among academic circles if the geopolitical situation were different. China is the largest exporting country in the world. Political leaders
worldwide are afraid of the economic wrath of China every time
they consider meeting privately with the Dalai Lama. If Tibet were a fully independent and flourishing Buddhist theocracy as it was prior to the invasion, the case is made that the world would see that Tibetans unequivocally regard Buddhism as a religion for compelling reasons.
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The Dalai Lama. My Land and My People. New York, NY: McGraw-
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