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Anonymous asked: How do you feel about atheist buddhists, i.e. those who don't believe in god but follow the path of peace, serenity, and mental enlightenment?
Meditating and enjoying Eastern art does not make one a Buddhist. I have come across too many people that buy in to the Westernized form of Buddhism as being a “religion of enlightenment” that doesn’t suffer from many of the same tangles that traditional religions do. When I see an Atheist Buddhist give up his worldly possessions, take up his robes and bowl, and go about begging for food then I can say I’ve met someone who is an actual Atheist Buddhist. Until then I will likely just hear it from people who read a book or two on Eastern philosophy and cling to the title because they feel it makes them more interesting. I certainly take less issue with Buddhism than I do with many religions but you’ll usually only find “Atheist Buddhists” in the west and they are often a far cry from what would be recognized as a Buddhist in the East.