Famous people include American President praise Buddhism
Philip Kotler (1931- )
“My approach is influenced by Zen. Zen emphasizes learning by means of meditation and direct, intuitive insights. The thoughts in this book are a result of my meditations on these fundamental marketing concepts and principles”.
(Marketing Insights from A to Z)
Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004)
“One thing that Buddhism teaches you is that every moment is an opportunity to change”.
Stephan R Covey (1932- )
About 6th habit (it is conclusion of this book) “Buddhism calls this “the middle way”. Middle in this sense does not mean compromise; it means higher, like the apex of the triangle.”
(Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pepole)
Uma Thurman (1970-)
“Buddhism has had a major effect on who I am and how I think about the world”.
Scientists praise Buddhism
Niels. Bohr (1885-1962)
“For a parallel to the lesson of atomic theory . . . [we must turn to those kinds of epistemological problems with which already thinkers like the Buddha and Lao Tzu have been confronted, when trying to harmonize our position as spectators and actors in the great drama of existence”. (Atomic Physics and Human Knowledge)
Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976)
“The great scientific contribution in theoretical physics that has come from Japan since the last war may be an indication of a certain relationship between philosophical ideas in the tradition of the Far East and the philosophicalSchrodinge”
(Physics and Philosophy)
Julius Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967)
“The general notions about human understanding… which are illustrated by discoveries in atomic physics are not in the nature of things wholly unfamiliar, wholly unheard of, or new. Even in our own culture they have a history, and in Buddhist and Hindu thought a more considerable and central place. What we shall find is an exemplification, an encouragement, and a refinement of old wisdom’”.
(Science and the Common Understanding)
Psychologists praise Buddhism
Paul Ekman (1934-)
“Buddhist conceptions and practices that deal with emotional life make three very distinct contributions to psychology. Conceptually, they raise issues that have been ignored by many psychologists, calling on the field to make more finely nuanced distinctions in thinking about emotional experience. Methodologically, they offer practices that could help individuals report on their own internal experiences, and such practices might thereby provide crucial data that is much more detailed and comprehensive than that gathered by the techniques psychologists now use to study subjective emotional experience. Finally, Buddhist practices themselves offer a therapy, not just for the disturbed, but for all who seek to improve the quality of their lives. We hope what we have reported will serve to spark the interest of psychologists to learn more about this tradition”.
(Buddhist and Psychological Perspectives on Emotions and Well-Being)
John R. O’neil
He is president of the California School of Professional Psychology and a member of the boards of the Social Venture Network and California Leadership. He advises major corporations and CEOs on planning, leadership, and organizational health.
“Perhaps more important was the fact that “real men” who had sneered at meditation found out that their hard-as-nails Japanese competitors used it regularly. So more and more persons in mainstream careers began to study Buddhism and other Eastern teachings and to practice meditation, and weekend retreats incorporationg meditation gew in popularity”.
(Paradox of Success)
Jeffrey M. Schwartz
He is a professor of the UCLA.
“We talked, too, about how both quantum physics and classical Buddhism give volition and choice a central role in the workings of the cosmos….According to the Buddha’s timeless law of Dependent Origination, it is because of volition that consciousness keeps arising throughout endless world cycles. And it is certainly true that in Buddhist philosophy one’s choice is not determined by anything in the physical, material world…. So in both quantum physics and Buddhist philosophy, volition plays a special, unique role”.
(The Mind and the Brain)
Philosophers praise Buddhism
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831)
“The history of the world travels from East to West, for Europe is absolutely the end of history, Asia is the beginning.”
(The Philosophy of History)
James Allen (1864-1912)
“Buddha beheld the vision of a spiritual world of stainless.
beauty and perfect peace, and he entered into it.”
(As a man thinkth)
Karl Jaspers (1883-1969)
“In Buddha and Buddhism there flows a source which we Westerners have not tapped, and consequently there is a limit to our understanding. We must first of all acknowledgh that Buddhism is far removed from us and renounce all quick, easy ways of coming closer to it. To participate in the essence of Buddha’s truth, we should have to cease to be what we are.”
“The fact that Buddha’s life was possible and that Buddhist life has been a reality in various parts of Asia down to our own dsay — this is a great and important fact.”
“It points to the questionable essence of man.”
(THE GREAT PHILOSOPHERS)
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
“Buddhism is a hundred times as realistic as Christianity. Buddhism is the only genuinely positive religion to be encountered in history.”
Writers praise Buddhism
“Science and Buddhism are bery similar,”… “because they are exploring the nature of reality, and both have the goal to lessen the suffering of mankind.”
(A WHOLE NEW MIND)
Alan Wilson Watts (1915-1973)
“The Buddha was a very skillful psychologist, and he is in a way the first psychotherapist in history, a man of tremendous understanding of the wiles and the deviousness of the human mind”.
(The Philosophies of Asia)
Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)
“fragrant myth of Gotama, the Buddha, the wise man of the family of Sakya. He possessed, so the believers said, the highest enlightenment, he remembered his previous lives, he had reached the nirvana and never returned into the cycle, was never again submerged in the murky river of physical forms. Many wonderful and unbelievable things were reported of him, he had performed miracles, had overcome the devil, had spoken to the gods. But his enemies and disbelievers said, this Gotama was a vain seducer, he would spent his days in luxury, scorned the offerings, was without learning, and knew neither exercises nor self-castigation”. (Siddhartha)
Leo Nikolayevitch Tolstoy (1828-1910)
“To life in the consciousness of the inevitability of suffering, of becoming enfeebled, of old age and of death, is impossible – we must free ourselves from life, from all possible life,” says Buddha. And what these strong minds said has been said and thought and felt by millions upon millions of people like them. And I have thought it and felt it.
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (1917-)
“Of the faiths that had existed before the coming of the Overlords, only a forn~ of purified Buddhism-perhaps the most austere of all religions-still survived.”
(Childhood’s End) Buddhism will spread to the West.
Arnold J Toynbee (1889-1975)
“The coming of Buddhism to the West may well prove to be the most important event of the Twentieth Century”.