From the Durant

Our Oriental Heritage, page 524, contrasting Hinduism with its offshoot Buddhism:

Despite its elements of nobility, Buddhism, like Stoicism, was a slave philosophy, even if voiced by a prince; it meant that all desire or struggle, even for personal or national freedom, should be abandoned, and that the ideal was desireless passivity; obviously the exhausting heat of India spoke in the rationalization of fatigue.

The Durant has an interesting perspective on Buddhism, that it is a nihilist reaction to historic events and Hinduism. You certainly do not get that perspective from books on mindfulness or the works of Thich Nhat Hanh. But they come from further down in Buddhism’s own history and not its source.

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