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Re: Buddhist teaching

Posted by TheDmachine on September 27, 2011, at 20:15:45

In reply to Buddhist teaching, posted by chumbawumba on April 14, 2011, at 23:21:28

The idea of suffering in order to find goodness and truth is common through out ALL religions.

In the Christian faith Jesus says 'he who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life will find it'

Jesus says 'if you want to be good, give up your possessions and give to the poor'

'it is easier for a camel to pass through the head of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven'

Within the New Testament the idea of suffering and being persecuted in the name of Jesus, or as I believe it should better be interpreted as in the name of God, will lead to a goodness and a place in heaven.

Similarly in the Quran the idea of Jihad as obligatory is also about suffering and fighting in the name of God. The prophet Muhammed pbuh also lived a very ascetic life, though he was king of of much of the Arabic world he lived in complete simplicity. The prophet Muhammed pbuh promoted a life extreme simplicity, much like Buddha, he was very much against materialism...
During Ramadan Muslims fast in order to discipline one self and bring one closer to God.

I believe all religions stress simplicity and even suffering as a way to goodness.




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