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Reverse Engineering Buddhism

"Anyone who accepts these four seals, even independently of Buddha’s teachings, even never having heard the name Shakyamuni Buddha, can be considered to be on the same path as he."
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

So, how much of the philosophical system of Buddhism can we  reconstruct independently of Buddhist sources?    And why 'reverse engineer' Buddhism?     What's the purpose of attempting to derive a skeletal framework of  Buddhist doctrine from reason and observation alone?    More here


"It is natural that doubt should arise in your minds.

I tell you not to believe merely because it has been handed down by tradition, or because it had been said by some great personage in the past, or because it is commonly believed, or because others have told it to you, or even because I myself have said it...

The Buddha

... But whatever you are asked to believe, ask yourself whether it is true in the light of your experience, whether it is in conformity with reason and good principles and whether it is conducive to the highest good and welfare of all beings, and only if it passes this test, should you accept it and act in accordance with it."

- The Buddha
  Kalama Sutta, Anguttara Nikaya.

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