Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Christianity & Buddhism キリスト教と仏教

I understand all major religions are based on the same universal moral ethics, so there must be a lot of similar philosophy and practices among major religions. Buddhism denies independent or absolute existence which is God or atman, but admits interdependent existence, because the ultimate truth on this planet is interdependence and the ignorance of this truth causes sufferings due to self-grasping. I guess that this concept can't be accepted by theistic religion believers. However, I found Meister Eckhart's message as follows: 
"When I preach, I usually speak of detachment and say that a man should be empty of self and all things; and secondly, that he should be reconstructed in the simple good that God is; and thirdly, that he should consider the great aristocracy which God has set up in the soul, such that by means of it man may wonderfully attain to God; and fourthly, of the purity of the divine nature." 
His message is very interesting because it is very similar to Buddhist psychological core principle if his word 'God' is replaced by Buddhist's 'Subtle consciousness'. And he made practical sermons on spiritual/psychological transformation to guide his flock, as well as monks and nuns. I guess that's why H.H. the Dalai Lama said that this man was enlightened.
Cf. http://www.slideshare.net/compassion5151/self-as-mere-designation


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