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The Buddha a Deist?

I’ve always loved this quote from the Buddha.

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.       ~ Buddha

It is similar to a quote by one of the Deist Saints (ok, so Deists don’t have a hierarchy of saints but if we did this guy would be on the list)

It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe.    ~Thomas Paine

So how ’bout that!  Who knew. Ok so perhaps my title should be the other way around… Deist saint really a Buddhist.
Either way, my Buddhist and Deist tendencies reinforced.