Det finns mycket inom buddhismen som jag finner ytterst tveksamt. Jag tilltalades dock av denna, nästan Weberska mål-medel-rationalism, från Madhyamaka-grenen av buddhismen:
Dharmakīrti had said that successful action is preceded by correct cognitions; what one deems to be truthful is any cognition that motivates action that leads to expected results. A true belief, then, is one that does not deceive one by promising to lead to a desired goal and then failing somehow to lead to that goal. A more positive way of expressing this, rather than saying a true believe is non-deceptive, is to say that a true belief is one that enables the realization of a goal (artha-kriyā-samartha). It turns out, said Dharmakīrti, that correct reasoning is instrumental in helping one form beliefs that motivate successful action. Therefore, one can say that conceptual thinking, when done carefully, can be of great value. … Clear and careful thinking has the capacity to identify which of the ideas that arise in consciousness are ungrounded and delusional and therefore unlikely to motivate successful action.
Läror som uppmanar till klart tänkande kan inte vara helt förkastliga! (Sedan kan man ifrågasätta de mål som just denna lära förespråkar, men det är en annan sak.)