[Buddha-l] buddha-l Digest, Vol 103, Issue 6
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Thu Sep 12 10:14:29 MDT 2013
>Religion is ultimately an individual
> Dave Living/Aryacitta Southend on Sea Essex UK
That's very Protestant of you. To impose that idea on other traditions would
be imperialistic. "Choice" = will, so this is an expression of "free will",
ergo the Protestant emphasis on "faith", "belief," etc. Most other religions
stress actions over beliefs (e.g., you are a good Hindu based on what you do
and don't do, not on what you believe; you can believe in one, many, or no
gods, and still be a good Hindu, but you can't marry certain castes, etc.).
In any case, history argues that shifting from an action-value tradition
such as Hinduism to a faith-choice religion such as Islam does NOT infuse
people or regions with peaceful intent. Central Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan,
etc.) used to be Buddhist. Look at it today.
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