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I canít say Buddhism is the best religion: Dalai Lama
ZEE NEWS.COM ^ | 16 Jan 2010 | Sharique N Siddiquie

Posted on 01/16/2010 6:46:41 AM PST by cold start

Vadodara: His Holiness the Dalai Lama is known for his wisdom and witty remarks so no one was surprised when he declared on Friday that he cannot say that Buddhism is the best religion.

Speaking at International Convention on Buddhism in Vadodara, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet said, “We cannot say that one religion is best. I am a Buddhist but I can’t say Buddhism is the best religion. It depends on a person’s perception that what is best for him.”

He further added that, “We should respect all religions. India is a secular country where all the religions are equally respected.”

In a very witty remark, Dalai Lama said, “Mr Modi (Mahabodhi Society of India Patron Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modi) told me that Indians consider me a fellow Indian. I must tell you, I am India’s son. My knowledge and my wisdom come from India and I am really proud of it.”

Adding another tongue in cheek remark, Dalai Lama said, “Though I have Tibetan parents so my flesh and blood is Tibetan. But, as a matter of fact, spiritually I am an Indian and physically I am a Tibetan.”

Praising India’s unique culture and communal harmony, Dalai Lama said, “India is unique because it follows a culture of non-violence accepted across religions coexisting in the country. There is not much difference in the cultures of Buddhists and Muslims in India as they both follow the tradition of truth and non-violence.”

He went on to add that, “Indians are ‘Guru’ and we (Tibetans) are ‘Chelas’ because Buddhism originated from India. So, when I travel to different parts of the world, I introduce myself as an Indian messenger. I propagate ‘Ahimsa’ so now my guru India, should start promoting non-violence again.

Continuing his refreshingly witty speech, Dalai Lama further added, “Chinese are the senior students of Buddhism while Tibetans are the junior students. So, whenever I give teachings to Chinese Buddhists, I jokingly tell them that the knowledge of ‘junior students’ is not bad.”

Launching a veiled attack on the Chinese atrocities in Tibet, Dalai Lama said, “The condition of Tibet is in turmoil. I want the heritage of Tibet to be given back to India as it is the only place where they will be in safe hands.”

Dalai Lama was at his spiritual best at the function. Speaking about the importance of satisfaction in life, he said, “I had a friend who was very rich but he was not happy. This shows that money and power don’t necessarily guarantee happiness. One should seek inner peace. This inner peace and spirituality can be achieved through love, compassion and affection.

He also advocated the idea of ‘Vasudhaev Kutumbkam’, saying, “The recently concluded Coopenhagen Summit was like a ray of hope for the world affected badly by global warming. The reason for the failure of the summit was that all the world leaders considered their national interest more important than the global interest. This is a wrong approach.”


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A real breath of fresh air to hear the leader of one of the world's great religions not claiming total superiority of his belief over all others. Maybe that's why there are no Buddhist suicide bombers running around trying to rid the world of all infidels.( Well! Since the Buddhists don't believe in a God, it would be really crazy for them to go killing people in his name)
1 posted on 01/16/2010 6:46:43 AM PST by cold start
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To: cold start

The very idea of the “best religion” is very foreign to a Buddhist way of thought. Humility is not just a Christian virtue. His statement reflects an admirable level of humility.


2 posted on 01/16/2010 6:55:34 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama: The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers)
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To: cold start; Candor7
( Well! Since the Buddhists don't believe in a God, it would be really crazy for them to go killing people in his name)

Not when there are so many better reasons. /s ;^)

3 posted on 01/16/2010 6:56:33 AM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid!)
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To: cold start

Some FReepers would do well to listen to the Dali Lama and stop worrying about who’s Christian and who’s not.


4 posted on 01/16/2010 7:02:31 AM PST by radiohead (Buy ammo, get your kids out of government schools, pray for the Republic.)
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To: cold start

So does this mean that on my deathbed, I won’t receive total consciousness?


5 posted on 01/16/2010 7:03:31 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: cold start

Yah, but what horse puckey! The Muslims in the mountains of Pakistan do not follow non-violence, nor do the muslim terrorists in India. Or the Hindu terrorists. Indians have far more political and religious violence than we do in the USA.


6 posted on 01/16/2010 7:04:10 AM PST by Woebama (Never, never, never quit)
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To: TigersEye

Not when there are so many better reasons.>>>>>>>>>>>>><p.

Yes, some beings can only be helped by destroyiog them. A sad but true fact. There are myriads of better reasons, and I am prepared to use every one of them if I have to.LOL.


7 posted on 01/16/2010 7:05:25 AM PST by Candor7 ((The effective weapons Against Fascism are ridicule, derision , truth (.Member NRA))
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To: TigersEye
Not when there are so many better reasons.>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Yes, some beings can only be helped by destroyiog them. A sad but true fact. There are myriads of better reasons, and I am prepared to use every one of them if I have to.LOL.

8 posted on 01/16/2010 7:05:44 AM PST by Candor7 ((The effective weapons Against Fascism are ridicule, derision , truth (.Member NRA))
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To: cold start
As Buddhism is a religion, so is atheism (there is no god worship in either)...so why shouldn't we apply the same rules to "atheism" in public places and schools and universities that atheists apply to Christianity?

Atheism, with it premise of "if it feels good, do it", is far more intrusive and pervasive (not to mention pernicious) in our daily lives than Christian principles and beliefs.

9 posted on 01/16/2010 7:07:02 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (Obama: "Always doing the opposite of what needs to be done!")
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To: radiohead
Some FReepers would do well to listen to the Dali Lama and stop worrying about who’s Christian and who’s not.

But when you listen to Jesus it is a major issue. His command to his believers was to go and tell the whole world of his good news, that God himself paid for their sins and all they need to do is believe to receive eternal life.

Caring that others will miss out on that terrific gift is not a bad thing.

10 posted on 01/16/2010 7:07:17 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: dfwgator

So does this mean that on my deathbed, I won’t receive total consciousness?
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No, you’ve still got that going for you. He didn’t stiff you.


11 posted on 01/16/2010 7:12:06 AM PST by Woebama (Never, never, never quit)
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To: dfwgator

So does this mean that on my deathbed, I won’t receive total consciousness?
__________________________________

No, you’ve still got that going for you. He didn’t stiff you.


12 posted on 01/16/2010 7:12:18 AM PST by Woebama (Never, never, never quit)
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To: cold start

If you can’t say your religion is best, then why be a member of it, much less leader?


13 posted on 01/16/2010 7:15:31 AM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (IN A SMALL TENT WE JUST STAND CLOSER! * IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: cold start

Whenever I think of Buddhism, I remember two things.

The first is a classic Chinese picture. It shows three men standing next to a barrel of vinegar, and represents the three great philosophies of China: Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. Each of the three has dipped their finger into the vinegar, then tasted it.

The Confucian does not approve of the vinegar, because its sour bitterness is at odds with what he thinks is the order of the universe.

The Buddhist looks sad, because the sour bitterness of the vinegar reminds him of the suffering involved in life, with escape only in nothingness.

But the Taoist has a happy, almost silly grin on his face, because sour and bitter is how vinegar is supposed to be, so all is well.

The other thing I think of is the story of a delegation of four Buddhist monks who were conducting unofficial diplomacy with the US government. Three were the diplomats, and a very senior, elderly monk was brought along as a courtesy.

They had just arrived at LAX, and were walking down the concourse to get their luggage, when they were seen by a young Mexican girl who was at the airport with her mother. Without any hesitation, the young Mexican girl walked up to the monks, turned to the eldest one, and, in English, started berating him.

She loudly shouted at him that he was a worthless, good for nothing layabout, who never did his homework, was always tardy to class, and spent all his time daydreaming.

All the monks were puzzled, then suddenly the old monk acted terrified, and began to frantically apologize and protest that it wasn’t his fault, and he swore to do better in the future, and please don’t hit me.

Then the penny dropped that the little girl was acting just like his teacher had when he was just a novice monk, and had reincarnated in the little girl. The old monk was convinced beyond any doubt, even though he had to sit down for a while with the shakes.

So the delegation sought out the girl’s mother and explained the situation to her. After lengthy negotiations, the mother agreed that for some months of the year, the girl could travel to Nepal, for the purpose of taking a senior academic post, as long as she kept up her American schoolwork.

A picture was taken of the girl in Nepal, seated on a tall chair and wearing elaborate robes many sizes too large for her, but with a stern and authoritarian expression on her face, as a group of novice monks, looking rather sheepish, groveled on the floor in front of her.


14 posted on 01/16/2010 7:19:14 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: cold start
Christ is the One, True, Living God, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Ruler of the Universe. There is none beside Him, the Dali’s nieve sentimentalism notwithstanding.
15 posted on 01/16/2010 7:21:20 AM PST by Louis Foxwell (He is the son of soulless slavers, not the son of soulful slaves.)
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To: cold start

What would really be a breath of fresh air? To hear that the Dalai Lama had come to Christ and renounced Buddhism as a false religion.

That would turn peaceful, non-judgmental Buddhism on its ear!

But no such luck...


16 posted on 01/16/2010 7:22:05 AM PST by avenir
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To: cold start
Since the Buddhists don't believe in a God

This may indeed be true of the religion as established by Gautama and more or less practiced in various places still today.

It's hardly true of Tibetan Buddhism, which has many thousands of deities, ascended Buddhas, demons, heavens and hells, etc. This is largely because it is a fusion of the indigenous Tibetan "pagan" religion, Bon, and the imported Buddhism.

It may be true they don't believe in God, in a monotheistic sense, but they certainly have more than enough gods. The more Buddhist-influenced believers consider these to be forces, influences or metaphors, much as the more "advanced" Hindus do, while those more influenced by Bon tend to view them more as actual entities with real existence.

In fact, in some senses, the Dalai Lama is himself considered a god, a reincarnation of the God of Compassion.

17 posted on 01/16/2010 7:23:25 AM PST by Sherman Logan ("The price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections." Thomas Sowell)
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To: Candor7

That’s it! Leave no tern unstoned. LOL


18 posted on 01/16/2010 7:23:41 AM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid!)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
If you can’t say your religion is best, then why be a member of it, much less leader?

By what process does one choose their religion? How were you able to determine that your religion was the best when you were making your choice? This is very interesting to me.

19 posted on 01/16/2010 7:25:43 AM PST by Misterioso (To deal with men by force is as impractical as to deal with nature by persuasion. -- Ayn Rand)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I know two Chinese immigrants who are both Buddhist and Christian! They say there are many like them. They also say that both work quite well together.


20 posted on 01/16/2010 7:26:16 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Woebama

True, India has a lot more religious violence than the U.S. Just need to keep in context the size of the population (1.2 billion)and the fact that the world’s second largest population of Muslims live there. Considering that Muslim invaders and rulers are supposed to have killed millions of Hindus, the violence is both understandable and limited. Hinduism is a non proselytizing religion and doesn’t claim to be the only true religion.

In any case, I find the Dalai Lama’s views to be admirable. We could all do a lot better if more religious leaders voiced the same sentiment regardless of whether every single adherent of that religion follows it or not.


21 posted on 01/16/2010 7:26:34 AM PST by cold start
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To: TigersEye

Yes, putrify the little wastrels in their very shoes!LOL.


22 posted on 01/16/2010 7:26:43 AM PST by Candor7 ((The effective weapons Against Fascism are ridicule, derision , truth (.Member NRA))
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To: Sherman Logan

None of those deities is considered to be self-existent. Your entire screed is in error. That is not Tibetan Buddhism.


23 posted on 01/16/2010 7:31:17 AM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid!)
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To: cold start

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Okay, right. Drivel.


24 posted on 01/16/2010 7:31:26 AM PST by the anti-mahdi
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To: Misterioso; UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
If you can’t say your religion is best, then why be a member of it, much less leader?

If you say that one religion is the best - you speak for God. If you can say that a religion is best for you - God has spoken to you.

25 posted on 01/16/2010 7:32:10 AM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

Hinduism, which is not really a religion, but rather a collection of many syncretistic religions, and Buddhism can absorb other faiths without batting an eye. They are quite willing to add Christ, for instance, to their list of deities and religious teachers.

This is very similar to the ancient classical religions. They objected not to Christians claiming that Christ was divine, but rather to the claim he was the One True God, which of course meant their gods weren’t any such thing.

If one truly believes the Christian faith, you must believe what Christ said of himself, “No one comes to the Father except through me.”

This doesn’t mean Christians are required to be harsh or intolerant of others, much less persecute of those who believe differently. But it does mean that Christ made certain claims for himself, and to deny them is to deny Christ and therefore to cease being a Christian.

A perfectly logical definition of Christian, “One who claims to believe what Christ said about himself.”


26 posted on 01/16/2010 7:32:46 AM PST by Sherman Logan ("The price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections." Thomas Sowell)
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To: dfwgator

27 posted on 01/16/2010 7:33:23 AM PST by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

“Caring that others will miss out on that terrific gift is not a bad thing.”

Well said. One can freely disregard Buddhism and not suffer one single consequence. Disregarding Christ has eternal consequences.


28 posted on 01/16/2010 7:34:08 AM PST by avenir
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To: Misterioso; UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

Most of us don’t really pick our religions, we just get born into them. I suspect if we all had to pick, the world’s religions will be claiming far fewer adherents.


29 posted on 01/16/2010 7:34:44 AM PST by cold start
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To: Last Dakotan

Well put.


30 posted on 01/16/2010 7:35:11 AM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid!)
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To: cold start

The guy has something in common with the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. She can’t say Christianity is superior ...


31 posted on 01/16/2010 7:39:55 AM PST by altura
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To: Misterioso

I was raised Episcopalian. Ugh. Even our whole church broke away. But I argued about religion through my teens and am a Deist Christian since my late teens, not concerned with denominations, having taken a route through astronomical science. Prove all things. The heavens do declare His glory.


32 posted on 01/16/2010 7:45:24 AM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (IN A SMALL TENT WE JUST STAND CLOSER! * IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: cold start
Buddhism roots are more in Philosophy than a Religion

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism

It does not for the greater part
conflict directly with any metaphysic

33 posted on 01/16/2010 7:48:17 AM PST by HangnJudge
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To: cold start

Let it be stated here that true Christianity is really not a “religion.” Some have made it into one, yes. But you really cannot compare Christianity with Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and the like. Are there similarities? Of course. But Christianity goes far, far beyond these religions in its world view, expectations, and spiritual, moral, and relational provisions.


34 posted on 01/16/2010 7:48:17 AM PST by DennisR
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To: TigersEye

Actually, I hit it right on the head.

For obvious reasons, Tibetans when talking to wooly-headed liberals (to be a little redundant) tend to emphasize their religion’s esoteric and philosophical aspect, while downplaying its earthier and more mundane ones. But it is certain that worship of actual deities is extremely common in Tibet itself, complete with sacrifices, even if the monks and lamas explain it away metaphirically.

In fact, Tibetan Buddhism is a blend of Bon, a shamanistic pre-Buddhist religion and Mahayama Buddhism. Obviously, different groups and individuals will emphasize different aspects of that blend. In fact, a good many Buddhists of SE Asia, where the more “pure” Theravada version is atill practiced, don’t consider the Tibetans to be Buddhists at all.

Were there no gods in ancient Greece or Rome, simply because some of the philosophers explained them away as metaphors or aspects of the single Divine? Is the same true today in Hinduism? Do the thousands of deities worshipped with great devotion by hundreds of millions of Hindus not exist because some Hindus who are more educated and embarassed by polytheism explain their gods away similarly?

I think not.

I would suggest your categorical statement as to what Tibetan Buddhism is, and therefore is not, is more than a little odd. As far as I’m aware, Buddhists have nothing resembling a formal statement of doctrine or dogma similar to the various Creeds of Christians. So categorical denials seem a little out of place.


35 posted on 01/16/2010 7:48:55 AM PST by Sherman Logan ("The price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections." Thomas Sowell)
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To: Last Dakotan
"If you say that one religion is the best - you speak for God. If you can say that a religion is best for you - God has spoken to you."

Great quote for someone into self-deception.

For those who are not:

We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)

36 posted on 01/16/2010 7:49:54 AM PST by avenir
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To: cold start; ManoftheWest; TigersEye; LucyT; Fred Nerks; Beckwith; MestaMachine
You all should browse through this web site:

SHAMBHALA

You will see what is going on about Buddha dharma in the West, far beyond what the Dalai Lama represents.We will help defeat the Muslim Caliphate insurgency.

Above: Khandro Tseyang, and Kongma Sakyong Mipham Rimpoche, Queen and King of Shambhlala.Count on it.

37 posted on 01/16/2010 7:50:52 AM PST by Candor7 ((The effective weapons Against Fascism are ridicule, derision , truth (.Member RA))
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To: Sherman Logan

ROTFLOL That is all absolute bullshit. All of it. I am not a wooly-headed liberal and neither is my teacher. You’re a great example of the old saw “a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing.” Except that you’re not really dangerous.


38 posted on 01/16/2010 7:52:11 AM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid!)
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To: Candor7

Thank you for that link, C7. Bookmarked for study. :-)


39 posted on 01/16/2010 7:54:22 AM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid!)
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To: TigersEye

The Buddhist military. You would love it.

http://www.shambhala.org/kasung.php


40 posted on 01/16/2010 7:57:05 AM PST by Candor7 ((The effective weapons Against Fascism are ridicule, derision , truth (.Member RA))
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To: Candor7

Outstanding! Thank you again.


41 posted on 01/16/2010 8:03:12 AM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I had heard your first story, but not the second. The second was funny; I can imagine that elderly monk nearly having a heart attack at the thought that he hadn’t escaped that terrifying teacher from his youth, despite all the years that had past. Even more terrifying must have been the thought that that teacher might well end up following him through all his reincarnations, badgering him the whole time.


42 posted on 01/16/2010 8:10:57 AM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Little Pig

Crap. Past = passed.

Caffeine hasn’t hit yet.


43 posted on 01/16/2010 8:14:22 AM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Buddhism is not a religion. It is not a faith based system. There is no worship or owing any allegiance to a supernatural being.


44 posted on 01/16/2010 8:21:57 AM PST by hippyhater
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To: hippyhater
That's my point.

A religion doesn't necessarily require the worship of a god. It can also be a personal set or institutionalized system of beliefs, and practices...

Both Buddhism and atheism are belief systems. And Atheism, even more than Christianity, has forced itself on Americans.

45 posted on 01/16/2010 8:28:54 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (Obama: "Always doing the opposite of what needs to be done!")
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To: cold start

Um, you might want to google the word “Bushido”


46 posted on 01/16/2010 8:33:51 AM PST by I Shall Endure
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To: Sherman Logan; TigersEye
Hinduism, which is not really a religion, but rather a collection of many syncretistic religions, and Buddhism can absorb other faiths without batting an eye. They are quite willing to add Christ, for instance, to their list of deities and religious teachers.

“He that hath meditated Me alone,
In putting off his flesh, comes forth to Me,
Enters into My Being—doubt thou not!
But, if he meditated otherwise
At hour of death, in putting off the flesh,
He goes to what he looked for, Kunti’s Son!
Because the Soul is fashioned to its like.

...

Have Me, then, in thy heart always! and fight!
Thou too, when heart and mind are fixed on Me,
Shalt surely come to Me! All come who cleave
With never-wavering will of firmest faith,
Owning none other gods: all come to Me,
The Uttermost, Purusha, Holiest!

...

For who, none other Gods regarding, looks
Ever to Me, easily am I gained

...

I am alike for all! I know not hate,
I know not favor! What is made is Mine!
But them that worship Me with love, I love;
They are in Me, and I in them!

Nay, Prince!
If one of evil life turn in his thought
Straightly to Me, count him amidst the good;
He hath the highway chosen; he shall grow
Righteous ere long; he shall attain that peace
Which changes not. Thou Prince of India!
Be certain none can perish, trusting Me!
O Prithâ’s Son! whoso will turn to Me,
Though they be born from the very womb of Sin,
Woman or man; sprung of the Vaisya caste
Or lowly disregarded Sudra,—all
Plant foot upon the highest path; how then
The holy Brahmans and My Royal Saints?
Ah! ye who into this ill world are come—
Fleeting and false—set your faith fast on Me!
Fix heart and thought on Me! Adore Me! Bring
Offerings to Me! Make Me prostrations! Make
Me your supremest joy! and, undivided,
Unto My rest your spirits shall be guided.

...

Give Me thy heart! adore Me! serve Me! cling
In faith and love and reverence to Me!
So shalt thou come to Me! I promise true,
For thou art sweet to Me!
And let go those—
Rites and writ duties! Fly to Me alone!
Make Me thy single refuge! I will free
Thy soul from all its sins! Be of good cheer!

...

He only knoweth—only he is free of sin, and wise,
Who seeth Me, Lord of the Worlds, with faith-enlightened eyes,
Unborn, undying, unbegun.

...

Yet not by Vedas, nor from sacrifice,
Nor penance, nor gift-giving, nor with prayer
Shall any so behold, as thou hast seen!
Only by fullest service, perfect faith,
And uttermost surrender am I known
And seen, and entered into, Indian Prince!
Who doeth all for Me; who findeth Me
In all; adoreth always; loveth all
Which I have made, and Me, for Love’s sole end,
That man, Arjuna! unto Me doth wend.”

...

http://www.bartleby.com/45/4/12.html

These are not modern revisionism. These are excerpts from the Bhagavad-Gita.

My point? It is not a monopoly of any specific religion, to demand faith without compromise to one entity. The idea is as old as time. Many a "One True God" have been invented before.

47 posted on 01/16/2010 8:35:37 AM PST by James C. Bennett
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To: cold start
He also advocated the idea of ‘Vasudhaev Kutumbkam’, saying, “The recently concluded Coopenhagen Summit was like a ray of hope for the world affected badly by global warming. The reason for the failure of the summit was that all the world leaders considered their national interest more important than the global interest. This is a wrong approach.”

I see science is not the Lama's strong suit. He can't even use his supernatural reincarnate self to see the swindle put on by carbon trading hustlers. What a dope.

48 posted on 01/16/2010 8:38:26 AM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Not sure I understand you. Are you saying that absence of belief constitutes a belief by itself. I don’t think you can lump all people without belief into one group whether you call them atheists or anything else and treat them as one homogeneous entity. Its a bit like saying all non Christians form one single group and have the same belief system.


49 posted on 01/16/2010 8:39:56 AM PST by cold start
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Remember Buddhism believes in Karma.

I have a friend who is a missionary who spent a lot of time in India. He works only in the rural areas. He says the orphans who are sickly are tied with a rope to a post and left to die. They call them rope children. No one is suppose to help them.

He rescued about 10 rope children and found widows to care for them. He was reported and arrested for interfering with their Karma. He was put in prison until the last of the children died. For the last 36 hours of prison the prisoner is hung by his wrists....so he won’t forget.


50 posted on 01/16/2010 8:40:44 AM PST by agondonter
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