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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:49 pm 
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Can a Christian convert to Buddhist faith?..


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:16 pm 
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Wesley1982 wrote:
Can a Christian convert to Buddhist faith?..

Yes, Grasshopper, a Christian can convert to the Buddhist faith.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:28 pm 
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Then the the dharma must be manifested as grace.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:53 pm 
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What is grace?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:03 pm 
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If from a Christian family you say 'grace' at meals its a form of manifest prayer and merit/favor.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:51 pm 
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Yes. Anyone can become a Buddhist.

And yes. Most Buddhist traditions use some kind of benediction or reflection before eating a meal.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:20 am 
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Wesley1982 wrote:
If from a Christian family you say 'grace' at meals its a form of manifest prayer and merit/favor.


Grace, she passed away 30 years ago.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:57 am 
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I probably need some kind of schedule for daily activities.


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If I recall, the Dalai Lama generally advises against conversion, using the analogy that it's better to dig one well fifty feet deep than ten wells five feet deep. I also know of several people who have married their Christian faith with Buddhist teachings. Unless you're an evangelical literalist, there's very little that conflicts in my opinion. Thomas Merton is an example, and he's written very insightfully about Zen and Catholicism. You may also benefit from looking into the contemplation practices of Christianity, such as St. John of the Cross.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:48 am 
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If I recall, the Dalai Lama generally advises against conversion, using the analogy that it's better to dig one well fifty feet deep than ten wells five feet deep.
While that is so, and with all due respect to His Holiness, when one hits bedrock five feet down, it is better to start over again somewhere else.

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I also think it matters more in how a person "feels" about the "faith" they are leaving.

If one were raised in a Christian family, and religion was more or less forced on them, also if they didn't agree with the beliefs finding something they feel is right for them is important.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:55 am 
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I don't know about convert but certainly get interested in. There's a great story of a Catholic monk who came to India; Dom Henri Le Seux became interested and then mesmerized by advaita, it caused him great spiritual difficulties trying to blend the two belief systems, eventually he found his peace but not without a great inner battle to make sense of it all.


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