[Buddha-l] A friendly Quaker-Buddhist debate

Richard Hayes rhayes at unm.edu
Fri Jun 10 17:30:45 MDT 2011

On Jun 10, 2011, at 16:31, "S.A. Feite" <sfeite at roadrunner.com> wrote:

> More and more Buddhists are identifying with Quaker meetings as a way to find like-minded individuals in their communities.

Yes, and more and more Quakers are identifying themselves as Buddhists as a way of avoiding some of the negative trappings of theism. 

> As a descendant of Swiss Mennonites, it's not always easy to integrate the past with the present, unless you really like buttons, buggies, horses and dressing in black.

The Mennonites in these parts have left buggies and horses behind every bit as much as Quakers have left big black hats and buckled shoes behind. Proper attire for both Quakers and Mennonites these days is something from the L.L. Bean catalog, or the Vermont Country store. It's the Buddhist converts who are still prancing around in black robes from medieval Japan. 

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