• Janus
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    I downloaded the book and his argument has nothing to do with the necessity of believing in rebirth or karma. It seems that what he targets is "Buddhist exceptionalism" or the idea that Buddhism is somehow special in the sense of being a science of consciousness and not a religion. From what I've read so far Thompson's critique has no bearing on secular Buddhism as espoused by Stephen Batchelor.

    As a general point, since I'm sure you would acknowledge that there have been enlightened individuals (whatever we might take that to mean) associated with all the various religions, I think this shows that realizing enlightenment is not dependent on believing any particular thing. How could it be when what is believed in the different religions is so different?
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