Red Faced Buddha wrote: Nosta wrote:
greentara wrote:"When a Muslim, Jew, Christian, etc says that their path is the only one its not likely a Buddhist saying the same thing i think."
Your view is too narrow. Enlightenment is for everyone. How strong is the yearning for liberation and can you keep quiet?
I didnt say that they cant achieve liberation. I just think that they need to follow Dharma to achieve it, not their religions,.
But before his liberation,Buddha was not a Buddhist.Buddha attained enlightenment by right views,meditation,and loving kindness,not by following any dogma.
Well, probably one can achieve liberation but must find Dharma first. Buddha, at some point, found Dharma. He found that there is suffering and suffering must be erased by the Noble EightFold Path. He also found, whem seeking the Truth, that the existence has 3 characteristics (suffering, impermanence, non self). So, in a certain way he found Dharma.
Other religious paths may lead to Liberation but must be in very specific conditions i suppose.
I dont see how a Christian, for instance, can achieve Liberation. Praying to a god is not enough.
Greg, answering to your question: no, i dont believe i can reach enlightenment in this life, but i hope that i can reach it in Pure Land