Re: When the Monks Met the Muslims
Posted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:16 am
Excellent.mikenz66 wrote: ↑Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:30 pmOf course, I agree...Grigoris wrote: ↑Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:24 pmI would think so, but when people start to argue about whether Pratyekabuddhas are awakened or not, well...
It seems the obvious is not so obvious!It seems that some people think you start here and work backwards towards accumulating merit/virtue.Clearly all Paths are not the same. They certainly differ at the very highest levels of View...
Seems they forget that one achieves liberation via the accumulation of wisdom AND virtue/merit.
I think that people fall into the trap of intellectualisation of the Dharma, rather than recognising it is a praxis.
I like Bhikkhu Bodhi's little essay Tolerance and Diversity, which touches on many of the issues raised in this thread and concludes:To the extent that a religion proposes sound ethical principles and can promote to some degree the development of wholesome qualities such as love, generosity, detachment and compassion, it will merit in this respect the approbation of Buddhists. These principles advocated by outside religious systems will also conduce to rebirth in the realms of bliss — the heavens and the divine abodes. Buddhism by no means claims to have unique access to these realms, but holds that the paths that lead to them have been articulated, with varying degrees of clarity, in many of the great spiritual traditions of humanity. While the Buddhist will disagree with the belief structures of other religions to the extent that they deviate from the Buddha's Dhamma, he will respect them to the extent that they enjoin virtues and standards of conduct that promote spiritual development and the harmonious integration of human beings with each other and with the world.
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/aut ... ay_24.html