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Posted by Harvey on July 7, 2003 11:01:58 UTC

Glenn,

Thanks for the shorter reply, you're getting there...

"True entity" refers to the true reality of life as viewed from the enlightened state of the Buddha, who has broken free of all delusion. Here, all things, all phenomena, are equal, transcending distinctions and differences between subject and object, self and others, mind and body, the spiritual and the material. It is an infinitely expansive realm of eternal life without beginning or end and transcending distinctions of the Ten Worlds.

I think you missed the point of Stanley's objection. He was asking why you consider some primitive human's opinion to be of any value after 100,000 years of evolution? It would be like saying that the first humans made significant strides in understanding the universe when they realized that they could put fire on wooden stick and carry it around at night as a torch. He is saying it wasn't a stride in understanding the universe, but an invention for human purposes. How do you defend against the claim that Buddhism is a human invention by a very primitive species that has pschological needs of religion, but no real indepth understanding of the universe (with 100,000 years of evolution showing that this is the case)?

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