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February 04, 2006


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What a great extract - and one that seems particular pertainant to the current religious protests. I think this story relates to all religions. It reminds me of the words of the Buddha:
"Rely not on the teacher/person, but on the teaching. Rely not on the words of the teaching, but on the spirit of the words.
Rely not on theory, but on experience. Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything because it is written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and the benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."

May we all continue to beware...


where is faith in all of this?

vince, faith is nowhere in all of this. Which is where it should be: nowhere.

At least, the sort of faith that is based on blind belief, rather than reasonable evidence.

We all use the latter sort of faith. If I come to a green light, I have faith that people going the other way will stop at their red light. (But I still glance in their direction to make sure.)

Religion doesn't rely on that sort of evidence-based faith. Rather, it would have us believe in dogma, and even holds up blind faith as a virtue instead of the vice that it actually is.

i had a dream in which a grey stone tablet appeared at the end of the vision/dream telling me to trust. TRUST i knew exactly what it meant.

At least, the sort of faith that is based on blind belief, rather than reasonable evidence.

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