Individual wrote:If everyone was Buddhist, Buddhism would cease to be Buddhism. The more widespread an idea is, the more diluted it tends to become.
PeterB wrote:I dont know what happens in Thailand concerning the slaughter of animals for meat, but in Old Tibet, you let the Muslims do it for you. You then felt entitled to look down on the Muslims as animal killers...
Individual wrote:One more thing: Either you don't truly regard it as impossible or you don't understand how it is illogical to speculate about the impossible. Being impossible, any understanding of it would be fictitious. Being fictitious, there can be no objective evaluation of its nature.
As an analogical question: If unicorns really existed. what color would they be?
Dhammakid wrote:Not sure what thread to put this under...
So, what do you think: what if, for one reason or another, everyone in the world started following Buddhism (in any form)? Good or bad thing? Is that something we Buddhists should want to see happen?
Obviously this is virtually impossible, but it's an interesting question. I see Buddhism as the path to liberation for everyone, not just those predisposed to following it. I would recommend the path to absolutely everyone, without exception. However, I definitely have issues with it being the only religion in the world.
Let me know what you think.
meindzai wrote:I think you'd have to phrase the question more specifically to even begin to speculate. What kind of Buddhist ? Practicing how? All lay practitioners or all monks?
Buddhism does predict it's own demise (in any given world system), and if you look at the vinaya and the history of Buddhism, the demise does seem to come about through dilution. The vinaya rules weren't even necessary until the Sangha started to grow and become more well known. It seems that it's harder to keep things pure with such a a large amount of people.
To borrow and skew another buddhist analogy, I see the Dhamma as a drop of ink in a thimble size full of water (the original sangha). As the water (people) increases in volume, the dhamma becomes less recognizable as such. Drop the ink in an ocean and you won't even know it's there.
Lazy_eye wrote:How might Buddhism be introduced to, say, Greenland?
Hope this isn't a frivolous question -- I was mulling it over the weekend. Life in Greenland is practically dependent on hunting and fishing. Abstaining from these activities would entail starvation. As a Greenlandic Buddhist, what would you recommend to your family/clan/people?
-- Move out of Greenland to some other environment? (This could entail conflict with other communities)
-- Import food from elsewhere while developing more wholesome local industries, perhaps artisan in nature, for trade with the rest of the world? (This is feasible in a globalized economy, but globalization presents its own perils)
-- Concentrate on developing the monastic sangha and a strong monastic/lay relationship...Laypeople would not be expected to give up their livelihood but at least they could build merit, and by supporting the sangha materially, they create the possibility for earnest practitioners to follow the path...?
-- Pure Land?
The third choice seems like the most realistic to me. What do you think?