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Offline Dharmakara

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Conversion Theory
« on: October 31, 2015, 04:21:41 pm »
As of late, I've been delving deeper into the area of Conversion Theory, in part due to the number of times I've encountered Buddhist converts (aka, Westerners) who in one breath found it quite easy to discard and criticize the fantastical beliefs and mythologies of their former religion, but in the other breath find it difficult to do the same with Buddhist beliefs and mythologies that are no less fantastical in nature:

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fan·tas·tic  /fanˈtastik/

       adjective: imaginative or fanciful; remote from reality

       synonyms: fanciful, extravagant, extraordinary, irrational, wild, absurd, far-fetched, nonsensical, incredible, unbelievable, unthinkable, implausible, improbable, unlikely, doubtful, dubious


Out of curiosity, has anyone else encountered this type behavior or something similar?

Any thoughts to share?

For those members who are unfamiliar with the topic of Conversion Theory, I might suggest the following paper from the Transpersonal Psychology Review:

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:VdWFCZjuoUAJ:www.psychicscience.org/Papers/GFDaniels08.pdf
« Last Edit: October 31, 2015, 04:31:00 pm by Dharmakara, Reason: Link to Preprint Version »

 


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