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Heart Sutra a deeper look (Part 2)

In part one I introduced the term “Nihilism” which has several meanings. I inadvertently could have caused some confusion by capitalizing the word.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nihilism see 2b. So to clarify 1a or 1b are the usage I meant. It could be defined as an extreme skepticism that denies that truth is discover-able or knowable. Nietzsche helped define this, but wasn’t a nihilist himself.


Rationalism, depends on empirical methods, which are by default based on assumptions. Also it depends on our senses to deliver an accurate portrayal of the world around us. If rationalism truly was the basis for gaining truth, than any religion that believed in a supreme being or beings could prove the existence of said God or Gods. Yet in all cases they require their followers to accept on faith, that their is a omnipotent being.

Intuitionalism also requires empirical methods, and also allows one to alter truth based on new experiences.

Buddhism is not nihilistic. Buddhism is accepting that the world is as it is, which is not pessimistic. Also Buddhism believes values and knowledge can be communicated and also self discovered. Also treating other beings to the best of our abilities, is the opposite of the destructiveness found in nihilistic people.

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