“Is Buddhism a Religion?” — New thoughts in the ongoing debate

A series of columns recently published by Christian-turned-Buddhist philosopher Michael McGee in The Guardian has posed the same question Shambhala Sun asked of three eminent teachers in our November magazine: “Is Buddhism a religion?”

It’s a long-running, lively, unsolved debate—our respondents’ answers are titled “Yes,” “No,” and, playfully, “Kind of”—and the Guardian essays have drawn out hundreds of passionate comments.

What do you think? Is Buddhism a religion?

To stimulate the discussion, Professor Charles Prebish makes the case for “Yes” — read an online excerpt here. (In the magazine, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche takes the “No” position, and Zen teacher Joan Sutherland artfully threads through them both with “Kind of”.)

And if you’d like to peruse Michael McGee’s wide-ranging thoughts on the subject—bringing your reactions back here or joining the scrum over there—you’ll find links to the weekly essays he’s published in The Guardian thus far after the jump: 

One Comment

  1. Posted January 12, 2014 at 3:00 am | Permalink

    Yes I do believe that it is a religion.

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