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Buddhist Magic

It has always been common among non-Asian students of Buddhism to critique the ‘superstitious’ and ‘magical’ practices of Buddhists as somehow indicative of the confused minds of primitive peoples. While there is something to the notion that Buddhism has always contained multiple strands and attitudes toward the ‘magical,’ it is far too often merely presented as a joke.

Details Are Sketchy points to the Phnom Penh Post‘s recent article in this tradition, which quotes the excellent Stephen Asma.

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