A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Christmas Eve

Some of you may be wondering, what is a Buddhist doing mentioning Christmas Eve? Buddha told us that everyone has to walk their own path. The Dalai Lama in the late 1990s said; There need to be different foods to feed different people. Many Christian clergy are learning the meditation and contemplative techniques of Buddhism. Buddhism has started to learn of the social service tradition of Christianity. Not all Buddhist schools have developed this, or in some cases it has been adopted on a country by country basis. If we compare the strengths of all the various religions or philosophies, all can learn from the others. It is not about converting anyone, rather it is about improving our practices within our own beliefs.  Buddhists are told to be mindful of the need to help others, Christians have developed hospitals, charitable arms to house, feed, provide addiction services, that Buddhists can learn from, adapt, and adopt. While Christians are told to love each other, it is with in Buddhist practices that the how to’s are best laid out. If all the faiths engage in dialogue with each other, build upon our shared values, learn about the differences so that we can minimize accidental clashes, then the world becomes a little more peaceful. If we look at most religious conflicts throughout history, the majority may have been cloaked under a banner of religion: however most were really social, political or economic in nature. Even today here, we  see references to religious views when areas that have strategic resources are mentioned as global hotspots.

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