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I thought I had found a way to be comfortably hungry... then I made the mistake of buying a pound of 'giechels' (liquorice) at the market... now they haunt me, those round, soft, black, tasty giechels, sitting in their bag below my television. I've lost all of 100 grams in the last week, ouch.
That must be soon... we thought you woz 60 now?
Is there such a thing as a tattoo made to look good when you get wrinkly?
I can't even reconcile the teachings of Jesus with Christianity
I think that's a very good point. Jesus as the pivotal figure in Christianity has always seemed at odds with the doctrine of the church, where the one is about loving ones neighbour and the other seems very concerned with original sin.
There are certain coinciding areas with Buddhism though - in Buddhism too we start off afflicted, although by ignorance, desire and anger. I've been reading Thich Nhat Hanh's Living Buddha, Living Christ and finding that a quite interesting comparison.
But here's my viewpoint: I can be a Buddhist and still be open to ideas from other religions. A good idea is a good idea, no matter who comes up with it.
I can learn from Buddha's teachings.
I can learn from Christ's teachings.
I can learn from many people.
In principle yes, but there is a question of teachings interfering with each other, or at least having to be seen in the right context.
Take Christ's message of loving your neighbour. Seen by the standard western mind you could interpret that as bearing your neighbour the same love you bear your wife, your child, your favourite brother... but from a Buddhist point of view these loves all contain an element of attachment.
So a Buddhist accepting Christs message is more likely to view his neighbour with loving kindness, rather than a western kind of love. He or she will see it in a different context than an average Christian. That's why I see Buddhism as a more useful beginners religion than Christianity.
As the (biblical?) saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Which have been subverted by greed, delusion and other less-than-clear emotions.
I fast every day between dinner and breakfast