Saturday, 21 February 2015

Buddhism reduces religious intolerance - even among non-Buddhists.

Monotheistic intolerance

From The Pacific Standard

by Tom Jacobs

"Love Religion, but Hate Intolerance? Try Buddhism

New research finds that, unlike those of monotheistic faiths, Buddhist concepts do not inspire prejudice toward outsiders.

Does religion do more harm than good? Considerable research suggests the answer depends upon the type of “good” you are considering. Many studies have linked religiosity with mental and physical health, as well as a stronger tendency to help those around you. Others have found it inspires prejudice against perceived outsiders.

A newly published paper reports this trade-off may not be universal. It finds calling to mind concepts of one major world religion—Buddhism—boosts both selfless behavior and tolerance of people we perceive as unlike ourselves.

Reminders of Buddhist beliefs “activate both universal pro-sociality and, to some extent (given the role of individual differences), tolerance of people holding other religious beliefs or belonging to other ethnic groups,” writes a research team led by psychologist Magali Clobert, a visiting postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University.
“After being primed with Buddhist words, participants reported lower explicit negative attitudes toward all kinds of out-groups.”

In the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Clobert and her colleagues concede that the mention of mantras or meditation don’t impact everyone in the same way. Indeed, they have little if any effect on people with strong authoritarian tendencies.

But for the rest of us, having Buddhist ideas on the brain appears to not only evoke caring, but also reduce prejudice. This dynamic was found in three experiments featuring, respectively, people raised in a Christian society, people raised in a Buddhist culture, and Western converts to Buddhism... more


Anonymous said...

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seanrobsville said...

Thanks anon. Lots of good commonsense in that link.

Abdul Iblis said...

Indonesia and Malaysia used to be Hindu-Buddhist kingdom. The kings were deceived to convert to Islam and follow the moderate version. Since 1980's there has been rapid Islamization. The non-muslims are facing more bigotry now. The reason behind the success of Islamisation is censorships and propaganda. Most converts to islam were those who had been practicing Hedonism and later suffer for it.