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Of the great religions of history I prefer Buddhism, especially in its earliest forms because it has
had the smallest element of persecution.

Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, advocate for social
reform, and pacifist [citation needed]

As a student of comparative religions, I believe that Buddhism is the most perfect one the world
has even seen. The philosophy of the theory of evolution and the law of karma were far superior
to any other creed. It was neither the history of religion nor the study of philosophy that first drew
me to the world of Buddhist thought but my professional interest as a doctor. My task was to treat
psychic suffering and it was this that impelled me to become acquainted with the views and
methods of that great teacher of humanity, whose principal theme was the chain of suffering, old
age, sickness and death.

Dr Carl Jung (1875-1961) Swiss psychologist / psychiatrist, Founder of the Jungian school of
psychology [citation needed]

Buddhism is an earnest struggle to win. This is what the Daishonin teaches. A Buddhist must not
be defeated. I hope you will maintain an alert and winning spirit in your work and daily life, taking
courages action and showing triumphant actual proof time and again.

Daisaku Ikeda ,president of Soka Gakkai International (SGI) [citation needed]

The lives and writings of the mystics of all great religions bear witness to religious experiences of
great intensity, in which considerable changes are effected in the quality of consciousness.
Profound absorption in prayer or meditation can bring about a deepening and widening, a
brightening and intensifying, of consciousness, accompanied by a transporting feeling of rapture
and bliss. The contrast between these states and normal conscious awareness is so great that
the mystic believes his experiences to be manifestations of the divine; and given the contrast, this
assumption is quite understandable. Mystical experiences are also characterized by a marked
reduction or temporary exclusion of the multiplicity of sense-perceptions and restless thoughts.
This relative unification of mind is then interpreted as a union or communion with the One God. ...
The psychological facts underlying those religious experiences are accepted by the Buddhist and
are well-known to him; but he carefully distinguishes the experiences themselves from the
theological interpretations imposed upon them. ... The meditator will not be overwhelmed by any
uncontrolled emotions and thoughts evoked by his singular experience, and will thus be able to
avoid interpretations of that experience not warranted by the facts. Hence a Buddhist meditator,
while benefiting from the refinement of consciousness he has achieved, will be able to see these
meditative experiences for what they are; and he will further know that they are without any
abiding substance that could be attributed to a deity manifesting itself to his mind. Therefore, the
Buddhist’s conclusion must be that the highest mystical states do not provide evidence for the
existence of a personal God or an impersonal godhead.

Nyanaponika Thera, "Buddhism and the God-Idea" (1962)

This method of Bare Attention, so helpful to mind-knowledge and, through it, to world-knowledge,
tallies with the procedure and attitude of the true scientist and scholar: clear definition of subject-
matter and terms; unprejudiced receptivity for the instruction that comes out of the things
themselves; exclusion, or at least reduction, of the subjective factor in judgment; deferring of
judgment until a careful examination of facts has been made.

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