Is Buddhist a Free Thinker?

Posted by ChampDog | Monday, December 27, 2010

You come into this question and probably you’re confused with the teaching of Buddhism because one of the very basic fundamental of Buddhism teaching is “Freedom to think freely and to understand the truth”. So does that mean a Buddhist or someone who practice Buddhism is a free thinker? Theoretical yes, but majority of Buddhists out there are not a free thinker because they think they’re Buddhist and not a free thinker. Thus, there are not a Free Thinker. 

If you completely understand the concept of Buddhism which is what I mean here – 100% Buddhism, you will realise that 100% pure Buddhist is actually a free thinker. Buddhist has the complete freedom to choose and think freely to understand the truth and this is exactly what I mean by the definition of free thinker. Is Buddhist a free thinker?

Yes ONLY if the Buddhist is 100% Buddhism. 

The answer will be “No”, if the Buddhist is <100% Buddhism. Most Buddhists will probably disagree with me but again this is just my opinion or at least my understanding or my interpretation of Buddhism. I welcome you to comment if you disagree with me and I'm happy to hear your opinion.

Here you go probably a sensitive statement that I’m going to made is:

“All free thinkers are actually Buddhist but not all Buddhists are free thinker”

Most Buddhist will probably think that free thinker and Buddhism are 2 separate entities that are similar but not exactly the same –  “if you’re a free thinker, Buddhism is probably the best religion for you.” But soon you will realized when you fully understand the Buddhism concept, it leads you back to a free thinker. Loop again…

p/s: If you’re a Buddhist here, let me know your thought on this article. What do you think?

[Update: June 16, 2012]: What is Buddhism?

  1. Jennifer is Always Sick January 04, 2011  

    That photo is awesome! Hilarious!

  2. ChampDog January 08, 2011  

    I agree. lol! :) Thanks, Jen! :)

  3. Mt. April 30, 2011  

    by the "definition" within context of your article , a free thinker cannot be in any religion, or else it wouldn't be considered free.

    how do you quantify 100% and <100% other than 'defining' it yourself ?

  4. ChampDog May 01, 2011  

    By context of my articles, a free thinker CAN be in any religion as long as one understands that he/she still has the freedom to choose.

    Interesting question, I'm not sure how to quantify the 100% because it depends on your understanding of Buddhism.

    I made a statement of 100% understanding of Buddhism is a free thinking. If you have the same understanding as mine, then you're 100% Buddhism.

    I gave a little justification why such definition is made. Perhaps it may not be convincing enough to some of the people. The key thing that really need to argue or discuss here is:

    Do you think the key concept of Buddhism teaching is "Freedom to think freely and to understand the truth"? If no, the discussion continues and if yes, the discussion stops.

  5. Mt. May 19, 2011  

    your argument is only true if you already assume so.

    A is B doesn't mean B must be A.