Zen Buddhist, Atheist,
And Twelve Stepper
Just wanted to write you to tell you it was refreshing to find your site. I'm a member of N.A. and a Zen Buddhist and atheist. Some people will argue that I can't be a Buddhist and an atheist. I insist I can be and that's what really matters. I liked what you've written about the religious slant to 12 step programs in general. Its something I couldn't help but notice over the years.
N.A. does seem a bit more liberal, A.A.'s literature seems to assume that I can't possibly be an atheist. Sort of like "go ahead believe what you want you'll come around to the TRUTH sooner or later." Don't even start me on the lord's prayer at the end.
Anyway I could rant for hours but I won't bore you. Thanks for the site.
From: "Positive Atheism" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Positive Atheism, Cliff's Writings
Date: Friday, March 23, 2001 9:37 PM
Those who say that atheism and Buddhism are incompatible don't know diddly about either Buddhism or atheism.
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