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Buddha, the Vatican and Vesak

karastikarasti BreathingMinnesota Veteran

Thought this was interesting, a letter from the Vatican in recognition of upcoming Vesak.
http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2017/04/22/170422c.html

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  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    Separatism - 0 Unification and Harmony - 1.

    Best team wins.

    Vastmindkarasti
  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran

    'Dear friends, may we actively dedicate ourselves to promoting within our families, and social, political, civil and religious institutions a new style of living where violence is rejected and the human person is respected. It is in this spirit that we wish you once again a peaceful and joyful feast of Vesakh.'

    I'll amen to that <3

    karastilobster
  • KeromeKerome Did I fall in the forest? Europe Veteran

    Nice of them to say... but honestly this kind of thing should be embedded in the bones of every religion, not just mentioned in a letter. Religions and believers still clash too often, while in fact they are all "fingers pointing to the moon".

    Religions actually have much in common, and should be acknowledging that they all represent aspects of a universal wisdom, rather than emphasising the differences and saying, my god is the only god, as do the Christians, Jews and Muslims. I'm personally rather a fan of the philosophia perennis.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perennial_philosophy

  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    Bridging gaps is a start. One cannot go from "you are my enemy because you are different" to love, light and perfection overnight. Recognizing other religions as valid is a huge step for the Church.

    TravellerlobsterVastmind
  • techietechie India Veteran

    @karasti said:
    Bridging gaps is a start. One cannot go from "you are my enemy because you are different" to love, light and perfection overnight. Recognizing other religions as valid is a huge step for the Church.

    This pope is different from the previous popes. He has spoken about charity, helping refugees, ending poverty, etc. No pope before him has done that, especially so consistently. It looks like he really cares. But it doesn't mean the official position of the church itself has changed. The next pope may be entirely different.

    karasti
  • karastikarasti Breathing Minnesota Veteran

    @techie no, but if his influence has affected others within the Church then that influence spreads. It's not a magic button to change of course, but a declaration to the church the other people, other religions etc are not threats is a good thing, I think.

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