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A Baptized Buddhist

Posted by Mark H. on July 25, 2002, at 21:30:10

In reply to Can I ask a question about baptism?, posted by SandraDee on July 25, 2002, at 11:27:37

In the Episcopal Church, you are considered "saved" not by any action of your own whatsoever but by the actions of Jesus Christ on the Cross two thousand years ago. The act of Baptism, whether as an infant or in confirmation as an adult, seals your soul to the living Christ and his church.

As a practicing Vajrayana Buddhist of the Tibetan Nyingma school, I still enjoy an active and eternal relationship with the risen Jesus, even though I have long ago abandoned His church and its beliefs -- beliefs that to me violate His teachings and spirit and intentions.

I'm glad I was baptized as an infant and bound thereby to a tradition larger than myself and my immediate family. I think that is important, regardless of the religion into which we are born.

We have traditions similar to baptism in Vajrayana Buddhism, and for the same reasons. I believe there is a universal truth that threads its way through all legitimate religious and spiritual paths.

Thank you for asking.

With kind regards,

Mark H.




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