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July 15, 2007

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erphschwester

Vielleicht liegt das Problem darin, daß - so zumindest empfinde ich das - das Christentum keine Religion ist, die den Menschen weiter bringt, ihn in seiner Entwicklung unterstützt, sondern ihn anscheinend immer wieder nur ausbremst?
Beim Buddhismus sehe ich diese Komponente nicht. Da verlangt keiner von mir unbedingten Glauben an eine nicht bewiesene Sache, sondern immer wieder nur Einsicht, auch in die eigene Schwäche. Ich werde nicht als "Sünder" stigmatisiert, sondern ich b i n einer, weil wir alle nur schwache Menschen sind. Ich habe das Recht, nicht jedoch die Pflicht, an meinen Fehlern zu arbeiten ... usw.usw.
Eine höhere Instanz wie der Papst, der am Ende nichts anderes ist als ein einfacher Mensch, der in einer menschlichen Hierarchie aufgestiegen ist, kann mir doch nicht ernsthaft vorschreiben wollen, wie ich zu leben habe. Er kennt mich doch gar nicht. Und die scheinbare Allgemeingültigkeit mancher Verhaltensregeln stellt sich im Vatikan sicherlich anders dar als im ärmsten Afrika ...

antonymous

The negative sides to the "Dalai Lama" are easy to see, but Westerners are always blinded by the whole colorful pseudo-mysticism of this political figure.

Tibetan Buddhism is quite superstitious and backward. The claimed rebirth of the Tibetan lamas is actually anti-Buddhist since "there is no soul" is a central doctrine in real Buddhism. Rebirth is fundamentally a Hindu and Judeo-Christian doctrine.

There are real words by the historic Buddha that such things like the scouts who get sent out to search for the "reincarnation" of the lamas are pure quack.

The main problem with Tibetan Buddhism is however the leader/guru cult. This ancient religious absolutism culminates in the "Dalai Lama" who is used mostly as a western anti-China prop. But I wouldn't ever want to be ruled by a guy who claims to be the rebirth of ancient truth and wisdom and is a political leader at the same time!

Scott Kern

If the question was between "Christ" and "Budda" the results may have been different. Pretty much everyone understands that the Christian religion has caused a lot of wars, but few would argue the teachings of Christ are essentially warlike.

Similarly, in a poll context, it's not surprising that people would have more favorable views of the Dalai Lama then the Pope (given his definite stands on controversial social issues). However, this poll doesn't tell us a lot about how much people are "inspired" by the respective figures--it simply deals with subjective impressions.

Fernando Luis Gomez

Who can finish what Thomas Merton started? We, western meditators in tradionally christian countries. Total encounter between Buddha and Christ, for the benefit of all sentient beings. Fernando Luis Gómez, Barranquilla, Colombia

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