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Dalai Lama

Dharma 法

Posted on 2012.01.06 at 08:25

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suzanne1945
suzanne1945 at 2012-01-07 00:06 (UTC) (Link)
He still digs humanity, but it bothers Him to see the shit that gets carried out in His name - wars, bigotry, televangelism. But especially the factioning of all the religions. He said humanity took a good idea and, like always, built a belief structure on it...it's better to have ideas. You can change an idea. Changing a belief is trickier." Hell, New Testament Christianity would make a great philosophy! But look how much epic fail it has as a religion. The same can be said about Buddhism. Great ideas - the practical application of which as a belief system, not so much.

It has always amazed me how the common practice of a religion actually is the anthesis of the philosophies it is based on. As I,too,have only a smattering of understanding of Buddhism, I have marveled at this practice in Christianity. Often it seems organized Christianity does the opposite. Jesus practicing the caring of all-- the poor, the infirmed, the harlot--is in direct conflict with many Christians "us" and "them" thinking. Examples being gay bashing and rejection of anyone who does not think like they do.
ehowton
ehowton at 2012-01-07 18:59 (UTC) (Link)
I've not considered that as a difference between the two, but yes. Like Rufus said, its easier to change an idea...
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