Scientology’s Relationship With Eastern Religious Traditions

journal of contemporary religionTitle: Scientology’s Relationship With Eastern Religious Traditions

Author: Stephen A Kent

Source: Journal of Contemporary Religion, Vol. 11, No. 1, 1996, page 21

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Abstract:

Scientology’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard, frequently made claims that Scientology was related to or shared significant similarities with Hinduism, Theravada Buddhism and Taoism. However, careful examination of Hubbard’s claims indicates that he had only a superficial acquaintance with Eastern religions, and most of his attempts to associate Scientology with these faiths are unwarranted. Moreover, social and political pressures against his organisation’s alleged healing practices probably provided the catalyst for Hubbard’s attempt to portray his creation as a religion with Eastern overtones.

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