Buddhism under one Banner
This was posted by Zenmonk Genryu on another thread; (Hope you don't mind me borrowing this!)
"Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: it transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural & spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity"
- Albert Einstein
I hope all Buddhists would agree that this little passage is a near perfect description of Buddhism and what it has to offer. In the small amount of time that I have been posting on this Sangha I can't help but notice that the "differences" are all too readily discussed with regards to the many schools available. Buddhism appears to be plagued with the same problems as all of the established religions. The Christian faith apart from the different docrines available is divided on so many issues...Women Priests, Gay Priests etc....
I feel sad that the core messages of Buddhism are in danger of being lost in the ever increasing desire for some practitioners to claim that only they truly understand the language of the Buddha's teachings. I am saddened that a beautiful and simple thing such as Buddhism appears to be as fractured as Christianity has become, and instead of presenting itself in an essentially unifying manner, is "Bogged" down in arguments over theology. It appears that the Four Noble Truths and The Noble Eightfold Path are universally accepted....so why is there so much disagreement on so much of the other subject matter??
No offence is intended by this post and I recognise everyone's right to choose their own path.......