I've been very wounded by institutions because they tend to distort and politicize the human truths, but if you can step a bit outside that, and just see the heart of the message, and encourage your interfaith dialogue by encouraging the human aspect of their practice, I think interfaith dialogue is not only possible, but connective.
If I were you, I'd apologize to your mother for being an a$$ and recognize you came from her. You may not be her, but you came from her and her kindness made at least part of who you are. No matter how silly her ideologies may have seemed to you in your life, there is no reason to be harsh with her, your mother. She is doing her best, and I'm sure you love her dearly, and part of you feels bad for having been hurtful to her at times. We all learn when we leave space for our loved ones to breathe and go at their own pace.
I feel that to honor our own imperfections and give ourselves the same gentleness in space to develop our own steps for our journey, we have to lend lots of room to other people and whatever faiths they hold, because they are humans before followers of this or that faith.
Does that make sense? Sorry for the long rant. BTW, I'm still subscribed to your blog and have been quite a long time, it's very nice to see you again.
Ogyen wrote:I agree with HHDL that people should not be so ready to abandon their native religions, that is find what works for you, but honor where you came from whether you agree or disagree with the ideology, it's important to recognize the universality of human truth.
Will wrote:Contrariwise, if we think we are getting deeper into the Dharma and find other religions more stupid, repulsive etc. we are doing something wrong.
Will wrote:It is curious and wonderful that when we live deeper within our own better natures, every thing, person, religion looks better too.
dumbbombu wrote:hi folks, i just wondered what your thoughts are on the subject? what makes for good dialogue? what should such dialogue's aims and purposes be? any experiences you wish to share?
spiritnoname wrote:I like communication and focusing on similarities, but I think interfaith churches white wash things and try to make all religions say the same thing,.. whatever they want to say.
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