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Thanks. I took your lead and did a little web searching on Buddhism. This makes me far from an expert (!), I just gleaned some basic impressions from the intros I read.

It does as you say seem less specific and doctrinal about god and the rules and routines one has to follow.

On the other hand it does seem to have pretty defined & disciplined paths and procedures one is supposed to take up in order to achieve 'enlightenment.' I think this is where the general US public would find it difficult to adhere.

since we can know nothing about this uncreated creator of creation, we shall just not concern ourselves with it and go on from there.

There is some comfort in this approach. But I think many if not most people go towards religion in order to get some kind of insight on where we came from, where we're going and if possible, why.

So what I'm looking for is a relatively non-mystic way to actively look at and learn about 'creation'. Accepting that this learning is a process - one that probably never ends. And since our understanding will be fluid and ever-changing, conclusions, rules, and doctrines need not be part of the game.

'The joy is in the learning' sort of thing.
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