Monday, November 7, 2011

Reflections on Buddhism and Christianity

Charles Day

Years of practicing meditation and studying various religions, especially Buddhism, have resulted in a much greater understanding and appreciation of my root-religion, Christianity. Increasingly, the differences in religious ideologies, doctrines, rites, rituals, and practices, while respectable and inevitable, seem ultimately and utterly irrelevant.

All religions share the same basic ethics, virtues, and values and advocate living in peace and harmony with each other, with all of creation, and within oneself.  And all religions, according to their mystics, aspire to the same transcendent experience of unity, realization, enlightenment, union with God, and the awareness that everyone and everything is interconnected and interdependent.  These essential commonalties clearly outweigh the doctrinal differences between religions, and it is from this perspective that I offer the following reflections on Christianity and Buddhism. Unless otherwise sited, my Christian reflections are based on the King James Version of the Bible, and my Buddhist reflections come from multiple sources, including The Heart of Buddha’s Teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh, 1998.

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Debashis Paul said...

Dear Charlie ,
an amazingly enlightening and progressive essay...simply brilliant ,really.I found it intensely thought provoking. I can actually relate to the Buddhist concepts that you mention.I would like to know more specifically about the "What is ,is" concept and how it relates to our everyday life.
Does it prompt you to abandon the past in a indirect way ? what happens to the rich texture of the past experiences that we always carry in our hearts and mind and draw upon in so many ways in outr moving forward living.Please can you advise some reading on the latter.
Kudos for this bold and progressive essay,again !
Truly Deb
Delhi ,

Derek said...

I couldn't agree more with you sir. You're a wise man.