Einstein a Buddhist?


I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists. [1]

The firm belief, a belief bound up with deep feeling, in a superior mind that reveals itself in the world of experience, represents my conception of God. In common parlance this may be described as “pantheistic” (Spinoza). [2]

Given these statements by Einstein himself, it seems that he did not consider himself a Buddhist.

1. Einstein, Albert. The Expanded Quotable Einstein. Calaprice, Alice, ed. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000). p. 204.
2. Einstein, Albert. Ideas and Opinions. (New York: Crown Publishers, 1954). p. 262.
Cf.The Dicey Problem of New Age Science, Dwaraknath Reddy (Dwaraknath Reddy,2002)


About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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