I can’t tell you how many times, I have heard religions say that their religion “… is not a religion.” Of course, each denier has their own reasons for claiming not to be a religion, but I don’t care what reason they give because basically it comes down to them simply saying, “Look, we are different than all the rest.”
- “Christianity is not a religion”
- “Islam is not a religion”
- “Judaism is not a religion”
- “Hinduism is not a religion”
- “Buddhism is not a religion”
Sure, whatever trait they claim that makes them so different from other religions may be interesting, but still, by claiming not to be a religion like all the others is just silly — and worse, it is universally silly.
Why this post? Well, I am studying Vajrayāna Buddhism (see my new site if you care) and more specifically I am interested in a practice/philosophy of Buddhism called “Dzogchen”. Today I was reading “The Crystal and the Way of Light” by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, a famous Dzogchen teacher, who (on pg. 31) says, “But Dzogchen shouldn’t be regarded as a religion, …” Damn, there it is again !!
You see, the Buddhists do it too.
Question for readers: Have you found similar such deniers in other areas besides religion?