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> At 07:05 PM 5/29/2003 +0000, Jeff Belyea wrote:
> >This is an awesome bit of Buddhism. Thanks.
> >While I can admire their goals, I can't
> >say that their strategy does a whole lot
> >to appeal to me.
> >I can see the parallel to the Hell, Fire
> >and Brimstone crowd of Christianity.
> I can too, but I myself haven't seen these Buddhist meditations being mis-used by those wanting to manipulate *others* into doing stuff. I have seen Christians do it a lot. I'm sure the Buddhists have done it too, but I don't live in a largely Buddhist country :-)
Nice distinction. The silence of
this type of meditation does not
impose the way the spoken and
shouted words of fundamentalism
do. So the parallel only runs
to the "hell" imagery; each
finding that imagery distressful,
one as a consegrated act and
the other as an avoidance strategy.