Seven Errors of the Religionist

the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.

HH the Dalai Lama

The religionist holds the following to be the precepts of the true way:

1. Truth proceeds from the particular, the external, and the past and is a function of language.

2. Reason is either unnecessary or sufficient.

3. The external guru is the authority.

4. Discussion is non-virtuous.

5. Obedience is the root of truth.

6. Rituals and rules are ultimately efficacious.

7. Blame is worthy.

But in fact these are the precepts of the true way:

1. Truth proceeds from the universal, the internal, and the momentary and is a function of realization.

2. Reason is necessary and insufficient.

3. The absolute guru is the authority.

4. Discussion is virtuous.

5. Obedience is the root of error.

6. Rituals and rules are relatively efficacious.

7. Blame is unworthy.