Posted by Sam on November 18, 1999 at 06:40:02:
In Reply to: Re: Ultimate Form Of Compassion posted by Stephen Pema Dorje on November 17, 1999 at 09:39:58:
Yes, you're right. I'd actually forgotten that the Buddha said those things. I was refering to a Buddhist prayer I'd read somewhere and actually have posted on my wall at home -- though I've been considering revising for myself, which I now think I'll do. What I forget sometimes are the words of the teacher as opposed to "doctrine" -- this goes for all religions. I wonder how much easier religion would be if it we paid more attention to the original twachings than to the appended doctrine. Doctrine is, after all, just a new and revised interpretation of the original teachings; but aren't the teachers themselves revising existing beliefs? Jesus was a Jewish reformer, not the outliner of a new religion. Buddha was a Hindu/Janaist reformer. Mohammed was a Jewish/Christian reformer (though his ideas were radically new to the Arabs). Why can't endoctrinators just stand up and sya they are new teachers. Rather than offer interpretations of existing thought, perhaps we all should offer new thought based on old ideas -- but without crediting these new ideas to old teachers. I don't know -- actually, I'm just blowing steam here, and exhausting this topic to its fullest. These are just words for thought.
Peace to all, whatever your path... Sam:)
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