Yogicfire wrote:I think you are on firmer ground if you analyse the meaning of truth in Buddhism without trying to compare that with other religious traditions. If you do want to make comparisons, you need a good knowledge of the other traditions, and perhaps a narrower focus, such as 'Indian transcendental traditions' or something like that (although I still have misgivings about what you are actually talking about!).
I am not looking to make comparisons. I simply used it as a starting point to inquire about this in Buddhist texts.
Almost all Christian traditions consider salvation to be something realisable in the afterlife, and not in the here and now. There are a few evangelical traditions that talk about the coming Messiah, and the kingdom of heaven on earth, but they are generally in the minority.
I am quite aware. It's not really relevant to my inquiry though. I am asking about Buddhism.
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You should perhaps define clearly what you mean by truth, and give clear examples from other traditions, and how you see a connection, in order to make your point.
This is a quote from a vedanta teacher:
Awakening opens a door inside to a deep inner revolution, but in no way guarantees that it will take place. Whether it takes place or not depends on many factors, but none more important and vital than an earnest and unambiguous intention for truth above and beyond all else. This earnest intention toward truth is what all spiritual growth ultimately depends upon, especially when it transcends all personal preferences, agendas, and goals.
Similar in some areas to Buddhism (in the sense of stressing going beyond personal preference, agendas and such), but at a glance also quite different. You would expect a Buddhist teacher to take aspiring to the total cessation of suffering, or the attainment of Buddhahood for the sake of all living beings, as the most important and vital factor on the path.
Which made me curious as to how such an intention as described above (or perhaps more poignant - the vitality of such an intention as priori to other intentions) fits into a Buddhist paradigm. I already have a fairly good idea about this, but I am hoping to see some different and surprising perspectives on this.
It also seems problematic to me that you are trying to compare a world religion such as Buddhism, to a small selection of rather obscure sub-traditions within Christianity and Hinduism.