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Re: Conciliatory moves over Easter

From:Adrian Morgan <morg0072@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 2, 2000, 5:20
Brad Coon wrote, quoting myself:

> > In a nutshell, my perspective on Buddhism is > > this: that the person and life of Buddha > > illustrates very nicely what Christ meant by: > > "Blessed are those that hunger and thirst for > > total righteousness, for they will be > > satisfied". > > And I was going to stay out of all this religious > stuff, sigh. > > Buddhism is all about the cessation of thirst and > desire. I once tried to explain the difference > between Buddhism (to which I weakly adhere) and > Christianity; Christianity offers the salvation > OF eternal life, Buddhism offers salvation FROM > eternal life.
I said 'person and life of Buddha', not 'teachings of Buddhism'. As I understand it, the whole historic basis of Buddhism is that upon discovering the existence of very dejected, unhappy people in the world, his resultant longing for a solution to the world's problems was so intense that he could not bear even to eat until he caught a glimpse/vision of such a solution. For many years I have held that this is a superb illustration of Christ's words. Adrian.