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Celebrating Our Non-Buddhist Neighbors

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Celebrating Our Non-Buddhist Neighbors

Postby Buckwheat » Mon May 07, 2012 5:46 am

I would like to create a thread for sharing stories about our non-Buddhist neighbors that we can appreciate. Be it a Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Atheist, or any other non-Buddhist group or individual doing something good for the world, or sharing their stuggles with issues that are also a struggle on the Buddhist path. The stories should illustrate their hard work, compassion, or human suffering in a way that would help us understand their life and generate goodwill toward them.

There is something about this article that moves me, so I would like to share it. Even though her doubt centers on God, it seems many of her insights could be just as true for other forms of doubt.

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/0 ... ?hpt=hp_c3
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Re: Celebrating Our Non-Buddhist Neighbors

Postby pilgrim » Mon May 07, 2012 6:22 am

I find her story to be quite sad. She was on the right track when she glimpsed the senselessness of Christian doctrine and left the church. But unfortunately, she did not seem to encounter other spiritual opportunities and assumed the only other option was a secular wasteland. Being dissatisfied with that, she resigned herself to accepting her previous faith.

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Re: Celebrating Our Non-Buddhist Neighbors

Postby Buckwheat » Mon May 07, 2012 6:35 am

You never have any doubt? Never? Is it more skillful to have pity on the poor woman than to see her humanity?
Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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Re: Celebrating Our Non-Buddhist Neighbors

Postby Buckwheat » Mon May 07, 2012 7:01 am

Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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Re: Celebrating Our Non-Buddhist Neighbors

Postby cooran » Mon May 07, 2012 8:51 am

Hello Buckwheat,

One of my friends is a practising Muslim and wears a hijab. She had an arranged marriage, and I had the honour to attend the wedding.
She and I often used to have long conversations at work about our beliefs. I’d be explaining some particular thing which the Buddha said and she would exclaim, ‘’But the Prophet (pbuh) teaches exactly the same thing’’ and then she would explain what that was.
Obviously there are differences, but we were both surprised to see just how many similarities there were in basic teachings.

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Re: Celebrating Our Non-Buddhist Neighbors

Postby Buckwheat » Mon May 07, 2012 3:28 pm

This is an interesting website. I don't know much about this group, but on the surface they seem genuinely concerned and responsible.

http://christiansandclimate.org/
Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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Re: Celebrating Our Non-Buddhist Neighbors

Postby polarbear101 » Mon May 07, 2012 7:14 pm

Edited due to unskillfulness

I'd like to thank the 4 horseman of the anti-apocalypse for raising awareness about the numerous problems that can come with reverential religion. The world needs to start working together because this giant rock isn't as big as it used to be and a lot of problems stem from religious issues as well as equally troubling ideological and tribal problems.

http://www.project-reason.org/

http://richarddawkinsfoundation.org/

I'd also like to thank the Catholic Church and Protestant missionaries who dedicate their time to helping those less fortunates around the world.



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Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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Re: Celebrating Our Non-Buddhist Neighbors

Postby Buckwheat » Mon May 07, 2012 8:53 pm

Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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Re: Celebrating Our Non-Buddhist Neighbors

Postby pilgrim » Tue May 08, 2012 1:25 am

Fact is one can find similarities and overlap among all the world's religions. I'll be surprised if one cannot find similarities between Inuit spirituality and Egyptian beliefs. Jainism is remarkbly similar to Buddhism. The religious of the world can write beautiful essays and poetry about their beliefs. We can appreciate all these , the common humanity as it was put earlier. But when it comes down to it, it is all worth zilch if they do not have the Four Noble Truths.

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Re: Celebrating Our Non-Buddhist Neighbors

Postby bodom » Tue May 08, 2012 1:36 am

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Celebrating Our Non-Buddhist Neighbors

Postby bodom » Tue May 08, 2012 1:52 am

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Celebrating Our Non-Buddhist Neighbors

Postby manas » Tue May 08, 2012 2:10 am

I can't seem to find out what religion this man is of, (which actually reveals that he gives without any ulterior motive such as converting people etc), but as he comes from a traditional Brahmin background, he is probably a Hindu. Anyway here's a vid about the inspirational action he took one day, and continues to undertake:



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Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Celebrating Our Non-Buddhist Neighbors

Postby Viscid » Tue May 08, 2012 2:14 am

"What holds attention determines action." - William James

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