Friday, May 16, 2008

The NewAge (Of Anything Goes)

"In their arguments with Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins, the faithful have been defending the existence of God. That was the easy debate. The real challenge is going to come from people who feel the existence of the sacred, but who think that particular religions are just cultural artifacts built on top of universal human traits. It’s going to come from scientists whose beliefs overlap a bit with Buddhism.

In unexpected ways, science and mysticism are joining hands and reinforcing each other."
-- David Brooks, the New York Times' conservative columnist, who appears to have lost his way into NewAge thinking.

“He is a good guy and learned person, but the Bill Clinton question lingers,..."
-- Lama Surya Das, on Buddhist teacher Michael Roach, who took vows never to separate from Christie McNally (another Buddhist teacher) in an effort to, somehow, make Buddhism "more accessible to laypeople and the West". This is from an article, by Leslie Kaufman, also in the New York Times.


  1. In unexpected ways, science and mysticism are joining hands and reinforcing each other."

    For example the neuroscientist Sam Harris, one of the "Four Horsemen" of atheism (along with Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens) has also argued strenuously and repeatedly that Buddhism presents such a well-developed sets of techniques for peering into and fine-tuning the human brain, that it should be seen as a science in itself.

    This trend will only continue to get deeper and stronger, IMHO, as Western science continues to learn more about neurobiology.

  2. Surya Das/Jeffery Miller was projecting when he was speaking about Roach. ALL of Das' associate teachers at his Dzogchen Foundation resigned. ALL of the Foundation's board members also resigned. This happened in 2008, because Das was having sex w/one of his female students. Das was married during this affair. His wife Kathy Peterson is currently divorcing Das. Das is now living in Laguna Beach w/Dr. Robin Eckert. A woman he was seeing during both is affair and marriage! All is info is easily verifiable and true.

  3. Hey Missy:

    I looked for evidence of what you've claimed and, so far, haven't found it. Got any links for us?

  4. Hello, I am Dr. Robin Eckert and for the record, I am a monogamous, and happily married Woman for over 21 years now, and I have two children. Dear Ms."Missy" has her facts very wrong!

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