Dealing with Christian Fundamentalists

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Re: Dealing with Christian Fundamentalists

Postby Epistemes » Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:59 pm

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Re: Dealing with Christian Fundamentalists

Postby Thug4lyfe » Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:48 am

Best method is to avoid.

Frankly I find many "Buddhists" with wrong views who constantly slander the Dharma more disturbing. But then again, why am I attached to seeking them out and debating with them? :shock:
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Re: Dealing with Christian Fundamentalists

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Re: Dealing with Christian Fundamentalists

Postby Zenda » Wed Oct 19, 2011 3:34 pm

My husband's family are fundamentalists, and my mother-in-law instigated an e-mail discussion about karma last year. (She was going through a tough time and thought that Buddhism might be able to help.) I just referred folks to reputable resources and answered as straightforwardly as I could, always couching it as "in my experience" or "The way I understand it is XYZ, but check it out for yourself... "

The conversation eventually died out because there really wasn't anything to argue about. Even when the question of "Why did you reject Jesus?" arises, I usually reply by shrugging and saying something like "It wasn't helpful for me. I like being a Buddhist better." And if they persist, I just ask questions about their faith since clearly they want to talk about why Jesus is so important and helpful to them. Overall we have a very respectful relationship...

I think it's really hard not to get all fired up and emotional about this stuff...

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Re: Dealing with Christian Fundamentalists

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Re: Dealing with Christian Fundamentalists

Postby DarwidHalim » Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:03 pm

I am not here nor there.
I am not right nor wrong.
I do not exist neither non-exist.
I am not I nor non-I.
I am not in samsara nor nirvana.
To All Buddhas, I bow down for the teaching of emptiness. Thank You!

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Re: Dealing with Christian Fundamentalists

Postby dakini_boi » Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:27 pm

No need to argue with them. The only point of Buddhism is to free yourself and others from suffering, and to cultivate causes for happiness. Ultimately, it's up to each person to determine how to do that - and many dharma (as well as Christian) teachings can help as a guide. So I'd just ask the Christian - does your faith make you happier and able to bring happiness to others? If so, it is in no way in conflict with Buddhism. Who am I to tell you how to be happy? I've learned things in Buddhism that have made me happier and able to help others. If you believe that's a cause for me to go to hell, so be it. I gotta make the best choices I can for my own happiness, just as you do. Many fundamentalist Christians will say at this point, "I'm going to pray for you to find Jesus." I would just say, "Thank you."

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Re: Dealing with Christian Fundamentalists

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