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How Buddha Influenced Western Democracy & Secular Humanism

My recent article featured on Medium: How Buddha Influenced Western Democracy & Secular Humanism

From Buddha to Pyrrho and on through Epicurus and Lucretius, the ideas on striving to achieve peace of mind and a rejection of dogmatic absolutes came to influence and inspire some of the greatest thinkers of the Renaissance and Enlightenment. In this regard, the modern secular West can trace its existence to a man living 2,500 years ago in the Indus Valley who rejected Zoroastrian absolutes.

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