The following are excerpts from an introduction to the article, “CRITICAL THINKING, CREATIVITY & THE PROBLEM WITH BELIEFS: THE NKT, RIGPA AND SGI” by Matthew O’Connell, on the Post-Traditional Buddhism blog. I encourage you to go to Matthew’s blog and read the full article.
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Religion is the hotbed of voluntary ignorance and Buddhism makes its own contribution with three organisations standing out; the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT), Sogyal Rinpoche’s Rigpa and Soka Gakkai International (SGI). Each of these organisations has received ongoing condemnation, accusations of abuse, as well as ex-members speaking out in similar tones over repressive behaviour, groupthink and cult-like behaviours. . .
This is coupled with a lack of critical thinking. . . . It is infused with the same sort of self-referential groupspeak, groupthink and blind faith and ignorance that motivated me to leave in the first place. . .
The choice to be critical, curious and creative in one’s exploration of all knowledge is stifled by religious belief which counters the flexibility and revision which is a fundamental part of increasing knowledge and independence of thought. It blocks our ability to see the world as it is rather than how we want it to be based on our prejudices and religious allegiances. Religious belief formation is clearly a form of manipulation, even when the intention behind its dissemination may appear positive.
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Read the full article here: