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Is Buddhism antinatalist?

I was listening to a discussion with David Benatar, and the point that Buddhism seems to be antinatalist was raised. It seems that people argue this both ways. Can Buddhism be said to be antinatalist? ...
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How can you mistake whether your being born is better, if you are everlastingly happy to have been born?

Source: Benatar, David. Better Never to Have Been (2008 1 edn). pp. 58-59.   Now it may be objected that one cannot possibly be mistaken about whether one’s existence is preferable to non-...
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Why are cases involving instrumental goods, the only unambiguous cases of someone lacking a good and not thereby being disadvantaged?

Source: Benatar, David. Better Never to Have Been (2008 1 edn). pp. 43 - 43. I don't understand 1 and 2 beneath. I read about Intrinsic vs. Instrumental Good.   Some people have difficulty ...
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Why does 'not bad' more informatively evaluate than 'not good'?

Source: Benatar, David. Better Never to Have Been (2008 1 edn). pp. 39-40. I don't understand 2 beneath. Based on 1, can't I argue symmetrically, and oppositely, that: "when the absence of pleasure ...
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Where does Benatar defend in 'Better Never to Have Been' that (though logically possible) absence of pleasure can't be bad?

Source: Benatar, David. Better Never to Have Been (2008 1 edn). pp. 30 Bottom - 31 Top. [...] it strikes me as true that (3) the absence of pain is good, even if that good is not enjoyed ...
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Why can a human never have a child for a potential child's sake?

Source: Benatar, David. Better Never to Have Been (2008 1 edn). [p. 2 Top:]  Creating new people, by having babies, is so much a part of human life that it is rarely thought even to require a ...