Yonten Nyima wrote:This is a touchy subject in my life so I feel I must contribute to this. But first Id like to thank the person who began this thread because its a serious issue facing Buddhist practitioners all over the world, and maybe more so in traditional buddhist cultures.
My father is an Evangelical christian, who believes HH Tenzin Gyatso and HH Ogyen Trinley are going to burn in hell, that Buddha will be there waiting, and we'll all have a seat with eachother there.
However he says it helps me so its good.
Every time I meet a buddhist, they ask about my practice and how I started, and it always comes to this.
Christians believe without accepting Jesus, no virtue we practice will matter in the eyes of god. I cant accept this, which is contrary to what bedhisattvas do, as buddhists we're taught its the correct path to accept all things and hold all things as possible as an antidote to the view of duality.
I dont understand these people, and I cant figure out how to reconcile these differences and uneasy feelings, other than feeling like, "well if that makes you happy, and makes you feel safe, then good for you. But its not for me." But its no good.
Thank you for the detailed response. I generally try to be very diplomatic and "Buddhist" about this reality in my life, but there are times when it is difficult. I have studied Christianity, as being "my" religion, in tremendous depth, and I can take part in the most updated, intricate theological discussions. I know as a fact that I know more about it than most pastors and reverends, and yet I choose to follow the beautiful, real path of Buddhism. Still, I quite often have to defend it, or bite my tongue in public discussions. The whole Christian evangelical mess sometimes irritate me tremendously. I should not be saying this, I suppose, but I am actually quite glad to see how Christianity is losing ground in the West.
In these days of weapons of mass destruction, of mass violence always a heartbeat away, I for one can certainly do with a lot less theism around me.
My apologies if I have offended anyone here, I am aware of the fact that I should not get so irritated with this at times. It's a practice