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Nietzsche seems to be marvelling at another cultures age of reason amidst the age of reason of his own culture. Classifying the original Indian Buddhism misses the point I think, it’s more like Stoicism or Marxism than Christianity. Buddhism only became really religious when it was taken by other cultures in Asia and mixed in a syncretic fashion into something new.

Comparing like to like religious phenomena would be Hinduism and Western Christianity, rather than the following rationalist movements.

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Dec 6, 2023·edited Dec 6, 2023

Tah for this. I get his drift. You should cut the boiler-plate apologetics though, Xstianity is a big boy now, and if it can't stand the heat should have stayed out of the ruddy kitchen. Read "Paul": Nietzsche was a little too 'on the nose' for the Snowflakes-in-Christ, there is nothing here you'd not read in, or get from, the Big Four Pauline Epistles. Luther gave us 'Sola Scriptura' and said we don't need priests; but only observed these in the breech. Read for itself Xtian "scripture" brings one to more or less the place it brought Nietzsche. One can understand his resentiment in his still priest-addled aeon; now we can say Xtianity is just bloody silly and move on.

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Nov 30, 2023·edited Nov 30, 2023

Again, fascinating, especially the bit about 'egoism'. This is, of course, generally a dirty word nowadays. How do Buddha and Nietzsche manage to put a positive spin on it? By making it the polar opposite of a bloodless, disinterested, non-human objectivity? Should we all be naval-gazing after all?

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What did Nietzsche think of Hinduism compared to Buddhism?

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I remember reading this stuff on B versus C, I think my translation used 'resentiment' for some reason. Calling it a slave morality still seems strange to me, n truth Christianity is just a government department of the Roman Empire gone rogue and various (except Orthodoxy which slavishly follows its military masters like the old days).

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Fascinating stuff from the old devil. If you’re looking into Greco-Buddhism, you’ll absolutely want to check out the always provocative, interesting, and brilliant Christopher Beckwith’s work on the topic, Greek Buddha, Princeton, 2017.

https://press.princeton.edu/books/paperback/9780691176321/greek-buddha

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Nov 28, 2023·edited Nov 28, 2023

Hi SAH, are you familiar with Evola's "Doctrine of Awakening"? I think he had a better gasp of original Buddhism and he confirmed (well, akschually better defined) what Nietzsche says in these passages.

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