Saturday, July 4, 2015
Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue: Two False Religions Looking for the "Ultimate Truth"
I avoid direct links to the Vatican but google this article...
"Cardinal Tauran: Catholic-Buddhist seeks to grasp "ultimate Truth"
"The Document NA points out that “Men look to the various religions for answers to those profound mysteries of human condition which, today even as in older times, deeply stir the human heart:” (NA 1). It further states that “From ancient times down to the present, there is found among various peoples a certain perception of that hidden power which hovers over the course of things and over the events of human history […]” (NA 2). Regarding Buddhism, it says that “in its various forms, realizes the radical insufficiency of this changeable world; it teaches a way by which men, in a devout and confident spirit, may be able either to acquire the state of perfect liberation, or attain, by their own efforts or through higher help, supreme illumination” (NA 2).
We are all pilgrims and I see this Buddhist-Catholic dialogue as a part of our ongoing quest to grasp the mystery of our lives and the ultimate Truth. According to a saying from the Desert Father, a brother went to see Abba Moses and begged him for a word. The old man said, “Go and sit in your cell and your cell will teach you everything.” The cell is a metaphor for the inner cell of human heart where one discovers the mystery of oneself and of God or the Dharma.
Vatican Cardinal Hails Buddhist Wisdom
Buddhists and Catholics Meet at the Vatican
A Catholic article admits the serious overlaps with Catholicism and Buddhism.
"The influence of Buddhist thought in some Catholic circles has been evident since the 1960s. In the wake of the Second Vatican Council's call for respectful dialogue with other religions, many Catholics, including many priests and religious, dove headlong into studying Buddhism. Much was made (and still is) of the many "common characteristics" of Catholicism and Buddhism, especially in the realm of ethics. External similarities, including monks, meditation, and prayer beads, seemed to indicate a newly discovered closeness between the followers of Christ and Buddha. While some helpful interreligious dialogue and study was accomplished, some Catholics mistakenly concluded that Buddhism was just as "true" as Christianity, and that any criticism of Buddhism was "arrogant" and "triumphalistic."
This attitude still exists, of course, as do attempts to combine the two faiths. It's not uncommon for Catholic retreat centers to offer a steady diet of classes and lectures about Zen Buddhism, Christ and Buddha, and even "Zen Catholicism." Their bookstores feature titles such as Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit, Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings, and Going Home: Jesus and Buddha As Brothers. Comparisons are often made between Christian mysticism and Buddhist mysticism, at times suggesting that the two are essentially identical in character and intent."
When I was UU before I became a Christian the main point and focus of the Unitarian Universalist church was mankind searching for the "ultimate truth". As I have always written the UU was the microcosm of the planned macrocosm of "unity in diversity" and all false religions joined together. This is one way Rome presents it's universalist outlooks in seeking to unite all the false world religions. I did explore Buddhism while UU and even explored a Buddhist temple, many UUs do. Zen philsophies are often promoted in the UU church and one avenue of seeking after spirituality. I have written in the past here how Catholicism and Buddhism have overlapped with Catholic monks and nuns practicing Buddhism. Often many of the meditation techniques of opening and clearing the mind in both the buddhist temple and the monastery overlapped.
Catholicism being the lead harlot mixes and blends well with all of Babylon.
Catholicism, Buddhism and the Dalai Lama