Well not really. But I have been looking at the philosophies of Buddhism, and they really piqued my interest.
(So yes, I'm still a Godless heathen "insert smiley face")
Natural Law (Dharma)
[i]Dhamma in Buddhism has two primary meanings:
- the teachings of the Buddha which lead to enlightenment
- the constituent factors of the experienced world
In Mongolian dharma is translated as nom, which is noteworthy since it ultimately derives from the Greek word nomos (law).[/i]
In fact, reading further into it, it looks like you should base all your actions on cause and effect. I do this, therefore this will happen as a direct result.
I work out --> I get strong.
I eat --> I live.
I drink --> I live.
I have unprotected sex --> I spread my genes, and possibly get the clap (yay russian roulette!)
I could go on, but that seems to be what I get from it. Natural Law?
Escaping the physical world
This is where I start to have my doubts. They still offer the idea of an afterlife, but my logical side tends to agree with how they put it. If you die without reaching Nirvana, you remain in the cycle of Samsara (rebirth) until you achieve it. BUT, if you reach Nirvana, you become one with the driving force behind the universe. Even then, some Buddhists think there is no permanent "escape" from Samsara.
And a lot think that even with infinite time, some will never leave it! Wow philosophy can be depressing. >.>
Despite my shitting on the concept of God as proposed by anyone who pictures him as a guy with a beard, I still think there has to be an underlying flow of energy that guides the cosmos. I don't pretend to know though, and I think it would be foolish to insert a finished hypotheses into things like science (like people who take the story of the flood in the Bible literally).
Well even after reading all this stuff (off the net, and from a few books my grandma has) I don't think I'll be calling myself a Buddhist yet. It took me a few years of reading Hindu literature before declaring myself a Hindu. And considering Buddhism is supposedly more philosophical than Hinduism, this could take a while.
And after all that, you idiots actually read this.
But to be honest, I wouldn't mind discussing some of this with HH in a serious setting. From a few of the PM's I've received, he does seem like he'd be one of the few people on this board that would grasp some of the concepts of Buddhism.
But only if he changes his avatar back to Iroh.