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Good morning all!
I read Old Path White Cloud by Thich Nhat Hanh and found it very compelling. I have subsequently gone on to start In The Buddha's Words by Bhikkhu Bodi.
I'm finding this book much less appealing because it is full of "miracles" and "spirits" and things I find incredible (in the original meaning of that word). Old Path White Clouds presented the Buddha as a very wise man, but still a man. In this new book he is almost deified. It also has several quotes where the Buddha at least tacitly condones (or doesn't speak out against) slavery. Wouldn't a perfectly enlightened one know that slavery is wrong and not speak of it so lightly?
This is one of the same criticisms I have against Christianity. Is there anywhere in the Pali Canon a place where the Buddha speaks out against slavery and/or encourages slave owners to free their slaves?