Posted by Michael Pollard (220.127.116.11) on August 15, 2000 at 17:52:37:
In Reply to: What Pope John Paul II said about Buddhism and check out the responses from Venerable Madewela Punnaji Mahathera's and Graeme Lyall. posted by cris on August 15, 2000 at 17:20:19:
Sure those quoted in this essay have a negative view of buddhism. After all, Buddhism belives the physical Samsara is the cause of all suffering, while Christianity looks at the physical world as sort of `the embodyment of God' or the way people interact with God. There ignorance of Buddhist practice is evident because they don't see past the most evident aspect of Buddhism and see those great things buddhism brings, ie unbiased love, compassion, generosity, and so on. And in a sense it's true, those of Christian faith should be carful mixing Buddism with their faith, because they're very opposites. Not to say it cannot be done to some degree, but there's a trace of truth to what is stated. I know I may becoming off in a different sense than expected, and I don't mean to. Oh well, there beliefs and opinions are their own. They see detachment as indifference, but if they studied and practiced [as they *will not*] they'd see detachment as a way of purifying mind and body as of seeing reality with out biases.
As we and they, or maybe not, are likely to admit, you cannot get to the heart of anymatter by being biased; if scientific data we're obscured by biases then we would be no were today. Anyway, enough, I hope I understood this atrical correctly; or I'll have yolk on my face. Metta.
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