SilenceMonkey wrote: ↑Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:59 pm
all of this emphasis on anyone who is not buddhist is following a false teaching... there's something wrong with this way of thinking. It's ideological and kind of closed minded.
I think ideology traps us and it's maybe better not to hold ourselves above non-buddhists as if we have the only truth.
I understand fully what you are saying. I get the point you are making about being closed minded. It’s like the evangelical Christian screaming his everybody else is going to burn in hell, right?
But that’s not what’s being expressed here at all.
If you want to go to heaven and sit next to jesus when you die, then the path you need to follow is Christianity.
If you want to keep being reborn into high states of consciousness until you reach Brahma, then you need to follow Hindu.
If you have an upset stomach, athletes foot powder won’t help you and if your feet itch, aspirin won’t end that itch.
The Buddha taught that what he regarded as “suffering” is constant craving and restless dissatisfaction. Now, some other guru might teach that suffering is the result of, say, not being in touch with our feelings or whatever. That’s fine, but that’s not what the Buddha suggested.
So, you can consider what all the different gurus and prophets identify as human misery, and then, what causes that human misery and unhappiness: Is it because Adam had sex with Eve? Is it because Krishna stole butter? Is it because the Monkey King angered the Jade Emperor? It could be any of these things.
But if you are a Buddhist, you think, “it’s what the Buddha came up with. His explanation makes the most sense to me” and based on what the Buddha taught is the cause of suffering, of that particular problem, we recognize that his solution is the only one that actually addresses that cause.
It’s like going to one doctor who says your earache is caused by demonic forces and going to another doctor who says you have an acute sinus infection. It’s not being “closed minded” to opt for some antibiotics as opposed to sacrificing a goat.
An inward outlook develops outward insight.