I appreciate your detailed clarifications of Buddhism, but my article isn't about Buddhism. It's about mystical monism, as the title and the body of the argument indicate. I use some Buddhist quotations to illustrate the problem. I'm aware there are different types of Buddhism. Some are relevant to mystical monism and some aren't.

There's a fine line between clinging and caring, isn't there? The quotation I provided about being dispassionate after seeing through the illusion seems to count against both clinging and caring. So I'm sure Buddhists themselves disagree on this question.

I'm aware Buddhists may say they're obliged to be compassionate and loving. My question is whether that morality follows logically from their deeper teachings. I talk about this more in the article linked below.

I also couldn't find the exact source of that first quotation, which is why I say only that Buddha's credited with having said it, not that he did.


Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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