Religious Harmony

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Religious Harmony

Postby Cassandra » Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:16 pm

Are there sutta quotes where Buddha promotes harmony and tolerance with other faiths and beliefs even though they are rejected in Buddhism? If so please post them.

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Re: Religious Harmony

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Re: Religious Harmony

Postby Cassandra » Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:33 pm

Can you post quotes directly please with the sutta name? Sorry but I am a lazy reader

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Re: Religious Harmony

Postby SDC » Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:40 pm

Yeah, tilt. Get it together. :tongue:

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Re: Religious Harmony

Postby Cassandra » Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:44 pm

Right now I am looking for quotes along the lines of "Monks, maintain harmony and tolerance towards other faiths even though you disagree with them".

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Re: Religious Harmony

Postby David N. Snyder » Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:00 pm

Not exactly what you are looking for, but in one passage a lay man named Upali comes to the Buddha asking to join the Dhamma (Buddhism). The Buddha states:

Make a proper investigation first. Proper investigation is good for a well-known person like yourself. [Upali responds]:

Now I am even more pleased and satisfied when the Buddha says to me: 'Make a proper investigation first.' For if members of another religion had secured me as a disciple they would have paraded a banner all around the town saying: 'Upali has joined our religion.' But the Buddha says to me: Make a proper investigation first. Proper investigation is good for a well-known person like yourself”." (Majjhima Nikaya 2.379)
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Re: Religious Harmony

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Re: Religious Harmony

Postby Ben » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:05 pm

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Religious Harmony

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Re: Religious Harmony

Postby Ben » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:56 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Religious Harmony

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Re: Religious Harmony

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Re: Religious Harmony

Postby Cassandra » Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:40 pm

Good point there santa. Thanks. Another reason for lack of such quotes maybe that, in the old days they did not have as many disputes and wars between religions as we do now. It seems that most brahmins and other recluses with different beliefs criticized and disagreed in constructive ways. Maybe there were no pressing concerns to make such statements.

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Re: Religious Harmony

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Re: Religious Harmony

Postby Cassandra » Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:02 pm

Yea but are there records of major blood baths and civil conflicts on religious disputes such as the jews and hitler/Israeli–Palestinian/Hindu-Muslim in India to name a few? I haven't heard of any.

Edit: What I meant to say was that, if there were above Buddha might have commented on it. It looks like he had made comments regarding matters of lay life on other instances.

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Re: Religious Harmony

Postby santa100 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:34 pm

All the more respect to the Buddha's wisdom when He taught not to cling to those "jungles" or "thickets" of view. This is the true message of religious harmony. One could preach messages of harmony all they want, and if at the end of the day, one still clings to the idea of my God is bigger and better than your God, or only my philosophy is better than yours, then that's not true religious harmony. It'll only perpetuate the bloodshed..

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Re: Religious Harmony

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:33 pm

There is a sutta where the Buddha says that any philosophy in which the Noble Eightfold Path is found can produce arahants, but I can't find it offhand. Any ideas?
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta



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