Saturday, July 4, 2015

Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue: Two False Religions Looking for the "Ultimate Truth"

                                        [from korean buddhism .net]


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 SpiritJesus 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

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

LOL...

Sorry, very little other comment here.

There are only 2 faiths in this world, and many flavours of each.

The Way of God and His Anointed (Christ), and the way of Babylon (Nimrod / Baal / Moloch / Ashteroth / Tammuz etc)

All I'm seeing here is two Babylonian daughters having a chat, trying to reunite in their truth of Babylon.

The Catholics, Aztecs, Hindus, Persians (Zoroastrians), Egyptians and every other false religion of this earth worship the same harlot mother.

That mother is Babylon.

The remnant of the little flock all worship the same Father, that is God, in hope of redemption of sin in Christ Jesus.

Catholics did not create these religions. They are sisters of the same mother.

The daughters of these false religions are not daughters - they are grand-daughters of Babylon.

Just like there are only two Bibles in this world, Antioch and Egyptian. Tyndale / Geneva / KJV is Antioch, and every new age bible of Westcott and Hort, and Nestle and Alland and are all Alexandrian. Egypt was the centre of all Gnosticism for hundreds of years after Christ until even the Catholics had the good sense to destroy their heresy forever - until now. Knowing that ancient Egypt has long passed thousands of years ago, what is left of her other than the Egyptian Gnostic biblical texts? The new age bibles are modern Egypt.

Two lost daughters, same mother, reunited.

This is the very essence of ecumenicalism - the total return to mother Babylon in unity.

The real mother of harlots is much bigger than we think it is.

Aren't family reunions a hoot...

And haven't we been warned of exactly this.

Bible Believer said...

Yes you got it, two daughters of Babylon, working together. Good post.