Ten misconceptions about Buddhism
Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr. | November 19, 2013 Robert E. Buswell Jr. (left) holds the Irving and Jean Stone Endowed Chair in Humanities at the College of Letters and Science at UCLA. 1. Meditation is often identified as the central practice of Buddhism. 2. In fact, there are hundreds of forms of Buddhist meditation, some for developing deep states of concentration and mental bliss, some for analyzing the constituents of mind and body to find that there is no self, some for meeting the Buddha face to face. 3. Bhikṣu, the Sanskrit term translated as "monk," literally means "beggar." 4. It is often said that a war has never been fought in the name of Buddhism. 5. Buddhism has many philosophical schools, with a sophistication equal to that of any philosophical school that developed in Europe. 6. 7. Zen masters burn statues of the Buddha, scorn the sutras, and regularly frequent bars and brothels. 8. The famous phrase "Four Noble Truths" is a mistranslation. 9. 10.
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