tiltbillings wrote:I wonder what Western Dharma center is being referred to here?
Catholic Encyclopaedia was written nearly 100 years ago and not by Pope Benedict.
Nevertheless, this kind of misunderstanding or perspective is common in Catholicism. For example:http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/ponti ... ge_en.html
There are a few garbled perspectives on Buddhism there, but it's more talking about Catholics taking up non-catholic spirituality, something seen as a big problem in modern catholic circles by Catholics, and something I understand PB and his predecessor wanted to address. It's seen as something spiritually dangerous for those who are baptised to engage in.
I'd say this kind of thinking is common and perhaps even expected from a religion that sees God's creation as ultimately good, and to be restored to it's original perfection after the last judgement. Denial of that seen is pessimistic and hopeless, and even dangerous.
"If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of miserliness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared."