This Sanatana Dharma has many scriptures: In a brilliant speech, Aurobindo equated the Indian land with Sanatana Dharma or Hindu religion which is but another name for the yearning of the Divine or the quest of the Spirit. He also said that in India religion and nationalism are one.
Progressive Buddhism -- Mahayanist focus on building a better world right here and now. Vimalakirti Sutra -- a favorite for its conciseness and humor. Link is now down.
Near-Death Experiences of Buddhists -- "The essential and most important qualities in life are love and knowledge, compassion and wisdom.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
Notice that these are all about how you treat others. When you do wrong, there is no need to obtain supernatural forgiveness; you simply try to understand why you failed and to do better.
Since Buddhism does not address questions like "Is there a God? Although this culture-neutral was supported by foreign conquerors in India, China, and Japan, Buddhism was never a government sect that sought to change human nature through legislation.
Its early development was in a monastic community. Despite its supposed world-negating outlook, early Buddhists founded hospitals and did other good works for their neighbors. Buddhist monks and outspoken laity have been persecuted under communism and under right-wing dictatorships.
The mistreatment of the Dalai Lama's people by the Communist Chinese is infamous. During the early 's, the world admired the series of Vietnamese Buddhist monks who burned themselves to death to protest the corruption of the Diem regime.
Madame Nhu, the fabulously wealthy wife of the chief of Diem's secret police, described their self-sacrifice as "a waste of good gasoline. The Buddha's teaching begins with what we all realize to be true, at least in our more lucid moments.
Our names, our bodies, our possessions, our accomplishments, our ordinary relationships, and so forth are all transitory and are not really us. By thinking clearly and living well, we can start removing illusions and senseless attachments. Buddhism teaches that real happiness is found in this way, and only in this way.
Some Buddhists have taught that there is no "real self", while for Christians, it is the norm to say that each person harbors a spiritual something -- not really like anything we know in daily life -- which chooses its ultimate destiny by affirming or denying the supreme Love made known in Christ.
A Christian might say that we are not really ourselves until we love one another as Christ loves us. Both faiths agree that our life in this world is not of ultimate concern though our decisions made here may well beand that only the life of the spirit has real value.
So perhaps they are really saying the same thing. Some people have said that for Buddhists, the world of our experiences is a sort of disagreeable movie that we leave only with great difficulty. Other Buddhists have told me this is wrong, and that "nirvana" is simply the end of hatred, lust, greed, and ignorance, and the surprising joy we find when these cease.
Freed from the petty concerns of life, the enlightened Buddhist becomes a minister to others in this world and the worlds beyond this life. For such a "bodhisattva", life in the world is nirvana. Many people in many different cultures -- not just Buddhists -- have said that real happiness is something we discover when, and only when, we detach ourselves emotionally from the ordinary preoccupations of life.
Those who claim to have experienced it say it is a big surprise. These claims are so common and similar that even a secularist might think they could be true. A practicing Buddhist might look forward to life without passions.
A Christian would look instead to being filled with unselfish love for others, no matter how undeserving. I wonder whether these could be the same.
Years ago, I read an article in a medical journal comparing the effectiveness of Christian and Buddhist pastors in preparing condemned criminals for execution. Imagine facing this yourself. Then consider someone asking you, "UhTable of Contents.
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