A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Merry Christmas

I grew up celebrating two Christmases, most of my relatives still do. Christ was a great teacher in the eyes of Buddhists, and is a proven historical figure. He preached what many call the gospel of love. To turn the other cheek, to love your enemy as your brother, to forgive. He overturned the punishment based system in place that he was born into. In the same way Buddha was not a Buddhist, Christ was not a Christian. Both with other religious leaders or teachers were reformers who sought a better way, than what they had been taught. During the two world wars, there were incidents where both sides allowed the other to move freely, to retrieve and treat the wounded, in some cases to share a meal with the men who just hours before were their mortal enemy, and a few hours later would be again. That id only for a day, peace was obtained, it was a start. If we can have one day of peace, then we can have two days, soon a week, then a month, then perhaps a year. Over the last several years the world arms budget has been about 3% of the worlds domestic product. This is over $30 billion dollars per year. Contrast this to the United Nations World Food Program, which spends one tenth of that every year, to help when disaster hits. Whether it be a tsunami, drought, earthquake, or any other disaster. How much suffering could be eliminated if we turned swords into plows.

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