Re: Religion and ethnocentrism

My Kingdom for A Phili Steak and Cheese (jackechs@MAIL.EROLS.COM)
Thu, 11 Apr 1996 18:54:45 -0400

ROFL ... and exactly how is the Buddha more historically accurate than the
Christ? Hhmmm? Naughty, naughty the Dali Lama wouldn't agree ... his
reverence would give value to both and has.

At 04:33 PM 4/11/96 -0500, Brian Michael Howell wrote:

>Of course. Buddhists (meaning orthodox Buddhism, not folk Buddhism,
>which is a whole diff. thing) use the teachings of Buddha, an historical
>figure, and his experience of enlightment as the basis of their
>religion. While there is not a centrality to this event in the same way
>as the history of Moses, Mohammed, or Jesus play in their respective
>faiths, there is a belief that the teachings of buddha are true because
>the Buddha was able to become a Buddha through those teachings. That is
>why I qualified the historicity of belief in Buddhism.

respectfully yours with some fava beans and a nice chianti, Anthony

"It was a pretty big year for predators
The marketplace was on a roll
And the land of opportunity
Spawned a whole new breed of men without souls
This year, notoriety got all confused with fame
And the devil is downhearted
Because there's nothing left for him to claim ..."

The Garden of Allah, 1995
Don Henley, Stan Lynch, John Corey, and Paul Gurian