Lingpupa wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:18 am
As I understand it, the (typically Christian?) concept of forgiveness does "not advise asking others to absolve us from our misdeeds" either. Surely Christian teachings ask us
to forgive others
, not ask them
to forgive us
- don't they?
I think part of the issue is where does "the Christian view" start and "views of Christians" end. The Christian view
on forgiveness is that the practitioner forgives them that trespass against him, and more importantly petitions the Lord that "He" may forgive them that trespass against "us" (presuming for the sake of example a Christian "we")
. The views of Christians
on forgiveness can have any degree of variability, much like that there is no guarantee that a "Buddhist" will hold proper "Buddhist views".
For instance, perhaps the author, who I will presume is not greatly educated in Christianity based on his article, grew up in a "Christian society" and various Christians around him held the view that if someone does not forgive you
for X action you
are wicked and possibly destined for damnation, thus shifting the focus from "I should forgive" to "You should forgive (or you will be in trouble)".
In reverence for the root gnosis of the heart, the dharmakāya,
for the ever present good law of the heart, the lotus terrace,
for the inborn adornment of the trikāya, the thirty-seven sages dwelling in the heart,
for the that which is removed from seed and fruit, the upright key to the universal gate,
for all boundless concentrations, the sea of virtue, the root perfection,
I prostrate, bowing to the hearts of all Buddhas.
胎藏金剛菩提心義略問答鈔, Treatise on the teaching of the gnostic heart of the womb and the diamond, T2397.1.470c5-8