Buddhism and humanity

In this episode, we wrap up our conversation about humanism and Buddhism and what the two might have to say to one another, starting off with a question about what Buddhism might say regarding the value or importance of humanity. Humanism seems to suggest that humanity is rather important. But in Buddhism we find ourselves, at best, one kind of sentient being among many. At worst, especially in Shin Buddhism, we’re foolish, unenlightened beings caught up in a web of messy karma that challenges the positive idealization of humanity and makes tough work of morality and ethics. We want to thank our listeners once again for sending in such thought-provoking question — keep ’em coming!