Posted by Jane Poulopoulos on December 24, 1999 at 11:51:32:
In Reply to: Re: Christianity and Buddhism- is it possible? posted by fred inglis on November 18, 1999 at 20:58:17:
I was very dismayed to here some of the replies given to you on the subject of parallels between Christianity and Buddhism. I am personally a Chrsitian and as a Christian I believe strongly that faith is a living thing. We must touch the other dimension of God in order to understand Him. The distiction that Fred has unfortunatly failed to make is that of enlightenment and a dogmatic, blind belief in a sey doctrine. Perhaps, God would be a greater pressence in all are lives if we stopped being idolatrous and began abandonning notions so that we could encourage our growth as Christians (or any other spiritual growth for that matter)
Studying Buddhist philospohy enables you to free your mind to further explore your own faith and your God. I pray that Fred will no long cling to one "ideal" because that fear of growth results in bitterness. May I also suggest that you read the books of Hahn (especially his new work entitled "Buddah and Jesus as Brothers" as well as the works of Thomas Merton. And please, enlighten yourself and do not be influenced by those who are closed to all the earth's goodness and God's ever present existence.
Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
There is no evil like hatred,
And no fortitude like patience.
A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life
We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen.
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