Posted by Sam on November 17, 1999 at 07:44:31:
In Reply to: Re: Ultimate Form Of Compassion posted by Stephen Pema Dorje on November 17, 1999 at 07:15:27:
Thanks. I agree with you. The one problem I have with any organized religion (as opposed to the more privatized personal belief system) is the requirement or even strong suggestion to "spread the faith." I agree that the dharma is good, and I agree that this forum is an EXCELLANT method of distributing it. But what makes it so excellant is its noninvasiveness. I've always taken issue with the notion that Buddhist dharma is the greater path -- I suppose I cling to the Hindu belief here that God/spirituality/nirvana/whatever-else-you-want-to-call-it is a mountain with a wide base as a notable peak. There are many paths up the mountain, but all lead to the same place. If you seek or enjoy a challenge, then the harder path is better. If you know the way already and merely want to get there, then the straighter, easier path is for you. It doesn't matter how you climb the mountain -- or, as far as I'm concerned, even that you reach the top -- so long as you know the mountain is there and can be climbed. Of course, the interesting thing about the paths up the mountain is that they aren't really well-delineated paths. They cross each other, run paralell, and even coincide at times. I am at times on several paths at once -- that, I feel, is the beautiful thing about religion. So, for that, thank you all. I just feel that if we have an obligation to spread one dharma, don't we have an obligation to spread them all? Really, though, that's one of the beautiful things about this forum -- people here are amazingly open-minded, and many paths are explored here.
Peace and much luck to all who have seen the mountain and are contemplating how to get up it...
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