NO RELIGIONby Buddhadasa Bhikkhu Translated from the Thai by Bhikkhu Punno First electronic edition: September Buddha-Dhamma. No Religion. I didn’t come here today to give any formal lecture or sermon, but to have an informal chat among friends. I hope that you all agree to this so that we. No Religion – Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Chaiya, Thailand – 7th June Buddhadasa Bhikku “The morality of the young is peace for the world”.

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We can call it “Dhamma,” we can call it “Truth,” we can call it “God,” “Tao,” or whatever, but we shouldn’t particularize that Dhamma or that Truth as Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, Judaism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, or Islam, for we can neither capture nor confine it with labels and concepts. Through correct and devout practice of the eightfold path, the four noble truths and progressively deep states of meditation, results within the mind and body become noticeable.

Human experience, Conciousness, Self and the search for the unfindable “I”, anything else of interest.

If we take canal-water, sewer-water, or toilet-water and distill it, we will still get pure water. None of the great religious teachers ever gave a personal name to their teachings, like we do today.

A Buddhist Thinker for the Reoigion World. Bhikkgu we look at things from this viewpoint, we can see that all religions are the same. They have only reached the external levels, just as with canal-water, muddy water, and the rest. Buddhadasa a [], “The essential points of the Buddhist teachings”, Heart-wood from the Bo tree.


Rain water, sewer water, gutter water, diarrhea, urine etc appear different to most people due to their physical appearance. Billy Candelaria marked it as to-read Aug 12, No boundaries, only compassion.


A simple example of the language of materialism is that of Water. Buddhadasa explains paticcasamupadda as the “birth” of “I” and mine through sense-contact with objects, and the resulting vedana “feeling”tanha “thirst,” craving and upadana clinging.

It seemed shallow, merely rituals. He just figured something out himself, after sitting under a Bodhi Tree for a while.

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Thai Inter-Religious Commission for Development, You see, there are two kinds of language. We are afraid to think that there is no religion, that there is no Buddha, Dhamma, or Sangha. Therefore, we shouldn’t cling to the belief that there is this religion and that religion. Return to Book Page. Hopefully I can post some of their Dhamma talks below or around. However many kinds of water there may seem to be, they are all the same as far as the essential nature of water is concerned.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: It all becomes very clear. They have only reached the external levels, just as with canal water, muddy water, and the rest. This was in the early 20th Century, what would he make of Bangkok now?! Retrieved 6 July If you take rain-water and distill it, you will get pure water. When we realize it is all just natural phenomena, ordinary stuff, all inherently empty of everything, including pain etc, life becomes easier to handle.

No Religion

Ellen marked it as to-read Aug 13, Buddhadasa rejected the traditional rebirth and karma doctrine, since he thought it to be incompatible with sunyataand not conductive to the extinction of dukkha. Rligion Benito rated it really liked it Jul 07, Such ideas buddjadasa beliefs show that we are still ignorant, very foolish indeed, just like little babies who know only their own bellies. Ki Ueta is currently reading it Mar 11, Post was not sent – check your email addresses!


Refresh and try again. Buddhadasa’s writings, for example, decidedly contrast with the scholastic and highly influential Visuddhimagga of Buddhaghosa. Although they may say there is Buddhism, Judaism, Taoism, Islam, relkgion whatever, they will also say that all religions are inwardly the same.

It is only empty in the material sense. In later years, Buddhadasa’s teachings attracted many international seekers to his hermitage.

No Religion by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Such people speak of “Christianity,” “Islam,” “Buddhism,” “Hinduism,” “Sikhism,” and so on, and consider there religions to buddhadassa different, separate, and incompatible. She will never think of washing behind her ears or between her toes or anywhere like that. I was to learn how difficult this seemingly simple practice is to carry out.

When we meet together like this, I feel there is something which prevents us from understanding each other and this thing is simply the problem of language itself. He spent many bhhikkhu living alone in the wild jungle, conquering fear, mosquitos and hunger.

Asaf marked it as to-read Dec 28, You are commenting using your Twitter account. The same is true everywhere, no matter where we find the two parts of hydrogen and one part oxygen. He sat each morning on a simple bench and offered regular dhamma relition to students and visitors.

No great teacher ever gave a name to his teachings, men did that much later. With practice this subtle state can be tuned into regularly and refined. But remember, it isn’t necessary to believe or subscribe bhkkkhu what I say right away.