I think the problem with Retro's technically very accurate slogan for Buddhism is a) liberation reminds people of religion, and b) the word self, as used in Buddhism, requires a lot of further explaination.retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,
If it weren't for Mahayana, Buddhism could easily be summarised as "a path of self-liberation", which would help to bypass some of the confusions that arise if it's regarded as a religion, or a philosophy, or psychology or any other science etc.Kim O'Hara wrote:Maybe we have to keep on saying Buddhism doesn't fit Western domains of knowledge? That calling it a philosophy is wrong, ditto a religion, ditto a school of psychology.
How about "A lifestyle in which virtue and happiness go hand in hand." This is easily accessible to all people. Upon further inquiry one might add: "This is accomplished by dis-arming selfish greed, aversion, and delusion which only lead to frustration and suffering." Upon even further inquiry, one might add that this is done by practicing restraint, awareness, and focus to develop composure in the face of life's challenges.
Something like that. Open for discussion.
One goal I have is to frame Buddhism in a way that people can understand, and starts with things that need no further explaination to at least point somebody in the right direction. For instance, the first statement indicates that people should be good (moral) and happy. Happiness based on exploiting others violates this principle. Self affliction violates this principle. Person is now headed in the right direction, doesn't need a dictionary or further discussion to take the first steps. The next phrase gives advice on how to do this effectively. The third just covers even more details. Of course, this digging into the details could go on forever, but I think modern Buddhism needs some better marketing that does not pervert the Buddha's message. A difficult task, and one that many people are working hard to achieve.