Faith and Philosophy Consistent with Reason and Reality
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General discussions about Scio-Buddhism.
The Scionics Project was not initiated with the intention of creating any sort of religion at all. The purpose of Scionics was to create a fully-integrated, rational and reality-based philosophy. It eventually became apparent, however, that Buddhism (despite all sorts of mysticisms which have become associated with it over the centuries) has a rock-solid, non-mystical core set of beliefs and practices; furthermore, it also became apparent that this non-mystical core was completely consistent with Scionics Philosophy. Scio-Buddhism is the integration of this non-mystical core of Buddhism with the completely rational and reality-based Scionics Philosophy. Ultimately, all of Scio-Buddhism can be understood in terms of Scionics Philosophy.
The Four Dharma Seals were identified by early Buddhists as elements necessary for any doctrine or teaching to be considered as authentically Buddhist.
All Compounded Things are Impermanent
All Dualistic Experience Entails Dukkha
All Compounded Things Have no Inherent Existence
Nirvana is Beyond Concepts
The four noble truths all directly deal with dukkha, or suffering. It is held that the four noble truths were the very first teaching of the Buddha upon attaining his “Awakening,” or “Enlightenment.”
The Truth of Dukkha
The Truth of the Cause of Dukkha
The Truth of the End of Dukkha
The Truth of the Path that Frees One from Dukkha
The noble eightfold path consists of eight interconnected elements or practices which lead to the attainment of nirvana. These eight can be arranged into three groups: “noble wisdom,” “noble conduct,” and “noble concentration.” In addition to the eight elements of practice there are also two “acquired” elements which result from following the noble eightfold path.
Right Intention is a type of Noble Wisdom
Right Speech is a type of Noble Conduct
Right Action is a type of Noble Conduct
Right Lifestyle is a type of Noble Conduct
Right Effort is a type of Noble Concentration
Right Mindfulness is a type of Noble Concentration
Right Meditation is a type of Noble Concentration
Right Knowledge is an “acquired element” of the Noble Eightfold Path
Right Liberation is an “acquired element” of the Noble Eightfold Path
General Discussion of the Nobel Eightfold Path.
Right Understanding is a type of Noble Wisdom