posted on 03/14/2004 1:54:38 PM PST
My religion professor informed me one day that many "devout" Roman Catholics were embracing Buddhism for "centered prayer" and like you, try to convince people the two religions really have very much in common when in fact, they have NOTHING in common. The purpose Roman Catholic meditation is to be in union with God, Buddhists meditate to achieve nothingness which is "everything" I myself fail to see how living one life, one would be LESS likey to achieve holiness, which is another major difference. In Buddhism, by your efforts you achieve this nothingness, in Catholism by our own efforts we can achieve nothing. We believe that each and every human being is unique, created by God for God, not reincarnated time after time into other persons. Respectfully, I 've heard this all before from Call to Action feminists and just to set the record straight, dogmas are usually only proclaimed when a teaching is questioned and represent a teaching which has been believed and practiced by the faithful for centuries..i site the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception which was held as a belief by the faithful long before it became dogma.
posted on 03/14/2004 4:35:03 PM PST
(This is what the Vatican has always supported.)
"Is there any end to evolution?" a visitor once asked Paramhansa Yogananda. "No end," the Master replied. "Progress goes on until you achieve endlessness."
What a sad belief. Not much to put your faith in here.
posted on 03/14/2004 5:51:25 PM PST
(READ Your Bible-STUDY to show yourself approved)
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