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There is no true and solid ground.
There is strangely no mention of "white" lies ie. in the case of words that the Tathagata knows to be unfactual, untrue but beneficial. So are white lies okay since there is no explicit injunction against them?
I think it would depend on the person and the situation because what we are saying is that we don't think the person can handle the truth so instead we lie. In some that could do more harm than good so it's a touchy one. I'd advise silence.
I can't even reconcile the teachings of Jesus with Christianity let alone Buddha and Christianity but hey.
Many of us were brought up as Christians or worse ...
No doubt that is uncharitable. However many become atheists, nihilists or trekkies because their Buddhist from child upbringing provided little functional spiritual skills ...
Religion in itself is dependent on the depth of enquiry. That is why Christian mysticism is as deep as any path of revelation. As this is a Buddhist forum, the work of Meister Ekhart is often considered relevant ...
Just as I cherry pick my dharma, I remind myself of the good in Christ. For example:
Be compassionate (a possible translation of sympathy through mourning)
Live simply (a possible translation of meek)
Be ethical (a possible translation of righteous)
Be pure of heart
Be a peacemaker
Do not live in fear to do what is right
Be an example to others (“the light of the world”)
Do not murder (the Buddhist First Precept)
Do not commit adultery (The Buddhist Third Precept)
Sin is not only found in action but in intention (the Buddhist concept of volitional action creating karma)
Keep your promises (The Buddhist Fourth Precept)
Turn the other cheek (The Buddhist concept of compassion or karuna)
Do charity because it is in your heart to do so (the concept of dana)
Do not judge (The Buddhist concept of the three poisons: hatred, greed and delusion)
Always be seeking and questioning ("seek and you will find .. ")
Beware of false prophets and judge them by the fruit they bare (the sutta of the Kalamas)
So Easter? Christ dies! Ay caramba!
Can Christ help Christians? Buddhists? Just irrelevant? Too hard/unrealistic?
The teachings of Jesus can surely help but I've never been fond of this Christ business. I do prefer to celebrate the coming of spring this time of year as I admit to finding the whole Christian concept of Easter confusing.
Celebrating the birth of Jesus on Christmas can easily be incorporated into the way I have come to celebrate that time of year but celebrating his execution and the birth of a zombie Jesus just doesn't make sense to me. And what does that say about the supposed sacrifice?
The Jesus I can envision lived for us and was killed due to ignorance. That he came back from the dead just takes away from the meat of his words.
I'm trying to think of how to explain what I mean. If I want to shoot off fireworks but it is against the safety standards of the territory I would go somewhere it is allowed. That's about as much use I can get out of the idea of borders.
I live within walking distance of the Canadian border, in a wilderness area, so here, the border thing is just crazy to me. There is a vast 3 million acre wilderness full of woods and lakes that stretches across the border. It's so strange to me that you can cross a 'border' that is in the middle of a lake and suddenly be in another country with entirely different rules and laws and that in having done so you actually broke the law. It just makes no sense to me, lol.
This is where I agree wholeheartedly. It's just nuts. However we do need some boundaries or else anyone could just waltz into your home. However, borders between countries where you have to have proper paperwork? That's just weird to me. I live in between lakes Erie and Ontario.
We have many lakes here that are cut in half by the border. To have such a vast wilderness split where you cannot enjoy all of it without being hampered by laws is just weird. I know it is in the same in many areas, of course. Just my immediate experience. It loses something when we define it within one border and another border. Nature knows no borders.
Yeah, lol. Here you are for sure preaching to the choir. All borders are convention.