chapter  1
Buddhism: a Religion or a Philosophy?
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Sometimes the question is heard: 'Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?' And sometimes the answer comes readily: 'It is a religion.'-'But why?'-'Well isn't religion a matter of observances? And the Eightfold Path is largely observance, with Right Speech and so on, so Buddhism is a religion, like any other.' Or it may come just as readily: 'It is not a religion, it is a philosophy.'-'Why?'-'Because it doesn't rely on blind faith but emphasizes understanding. It is the way of Reason. And isn't Right View philosophy?' Or someone may say: 'It is neither a religion nor a philosophy, it is an Ethico-philosophical System.' Who is right? Are they all right? or some right? or none?