It's interesting to hear your perspective, especially your identification with Buddhist thought and practice as a non-theistic approach.Kathie Slief Turner wrote: ↑July 1st, 2023, 9:10 pm I don't think it's hard. For some, it's just second nature because they hold those beliefs. I, however, do not have those beliefs and therefore understand the reason for the question. I agree that atheists should be included in the discussion about consciousness. I'm Buddhist in thought and practice, but it is a non-theistic practice; no deity is involved. Therefore I do not feel a need to talk about religion in a discussion about consciousness.
Your mention of Buddhism being non-theistic yet having significant spiritual and philosophical practices brings to mind a curious aspect of Buddhist practice: the veneration of Lord Buddha. In many Buddhist traditions, Lord Buddha is revered and worshipped, not as a deity, but as an enlightened being who has attained deep wisdom about life and existence.
Given your Buddhist practice, I'm curious about your thoughts on this aspect of veneration. How do you perceive the act of worshipping or venerating Lord Buddha within this non-theistic framework? And how does this practice align with the Buddhist understanding of consciousness, particularly in the context of understanding and exploring the mind and self without the involvement of a divine entity?