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Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

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Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

Postby Sanghamitta » Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:43 am

Compassion in Buddhists terms is making clear what the Buddha said, in a kindly way. It is not substituting speculative thoughts for the Buddhadhamma in order to be agreeable.
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Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Aug 01, 2009 9:55 am

sometimes it is best to say nothing than anything wa want.

Don't have to agree, but we don't have to point it out either.


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

Postby Sanghamitta » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:53 am

The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

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Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

Postby Cittasanto » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:14 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

Postby Individual » Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:42 am

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Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

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Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

Postby Individual » Sun Aug 02, 2009 2:44 am

The best things in life aren't things.


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Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

Postby Sanghamitta » Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:08 am

The op asks should Buddhists be tolerent of other religions. The answer is yes.
If the question then becomes does the Buddhadharma take the same view of the world as any other religion, and does it persue the same ultimate goal, the answer is no. If anyone doubts that then the obvious thing is to follow The Dalai Lama's or Thich Naht Hahn's advice and follow the religion that they were brought up in.
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Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

Postby Sanghamitta » Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:00 am

Quite so. I wonder if this kind of question is sometimes perhaps a preoccupation for those who have not yet settled down to a particular path. :juggling:
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Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:32 pm

some take a critique of a position from a particular religion they subscribe as a critique of them and their beliefs, these matters are intertwined like it or not.


He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

Postby kc2dpt » Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:53 pm

It IS a critique of them and their beliefs. Right there is the definition of tolerance: that I can believe you are wrong and you believe I am wrong and we're both OK with that. My non-Buddhist sister believes my Path is based in delusion and I am deluded for following it... and I believe her Path is based in delusion and she is deluded for following it. We have learned to tolerate each other. :toast:
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Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

Postby Individual » Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:01 am

Disagreeing with a view is not the same thing as wanting that view to disappear from reality, to not be held by anyone.
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Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

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Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

Postby Ben » Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:28 am

Great post, Mike!
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

Postby Sanghamitta » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:29 am

The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.

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Re: Should Buddhists be Tolerant of Other Religions?

Postby christopher::: » Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:10 am

I think each of us may simply see things a bit differently. Not sure we can say any one approach toward this issue is better, it really depends on your views, on the situation, on the relationship you have with another person.. on what specifically is the issue at any moment. As I said earlier, I don't interact with many "strongly" commited dharma practitioners in 3D. So, our religious beliefs are just not an issue.

Went to my 30th year high school reunion party last weekend, as well as the wedding of my cousin's daughter. Lots of laughter, talking, hugging, dancing, sharing life stories. Talking about raising children, aging, working, parents getting ill, death... Religion only came up during the wedding, otherwise the focus of all our interactions was the sacred, beautiful and very fragile nature of LiFE. For me, that's what dharma practice is all about.

For me though. I see my friends and family as part of my sangha, not outside it. Their views matter less to me then their life situations, how we might be able to connect, help one another, find common ground...

For me that's key.

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~post by Ben, Jul 02, 2009

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"As Buddhists, we should aim to develop relationships that are not predominated by grasping and clinging. Our relationships should be characterised by the brahmaviharas of metta (loving kindness), mudita (sympathetic joy), karuna (compassion), and upekkha (equanimity)."
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