Re: a muslim seeker
- Dear Dwain,
There were no difficulties with anything you asked. No criticism was
perceived on my part.
I'm not too sure I understand what you mean by "...what produced..."
H.H. the Dalai Lama. He is a product of his karma (actions) in this
lifetime and, if one believes in rebirth, in previous lives.
Don't think that there is any difference between Islam and Buddhism
since in any belief structure there are "...the 'believers' and the
'non-believers'...." You must understand we all live in a dualistic
world. What we perceive is not reality, otherwise your world would be
no different than mine. That's not Buddhist; that's just truth.
Buddhists call it dhamma (dharma) -- not The Dharma. It's not
indigenous to any one religion or belief -- it belongs to them all.
It's just that we (collectively) are seeking what is best for us at
this point, this Now. Neither "right" nor "wrong." Again, I admonish
you to look within your Self; your "Impersonal Self" to find your own
truth -- and you will recognize it when you find it. It may be Islam.
It may be Buddhism. It may be whatever. But you've got to seek it
Personally, I suggest you seek first within the faith that you've been
practicing for these twelve-odd years since it must have given you
comfort and meaning in the past. Don't focus on a few traditions
within your faith with which you may disagree. As you stated in an
earlier posting, you may want to practice a more liberal, less
dogmatic version of Islam. Islam is certainly getting a "bad wrap"
among Westerners of late but you may be able to make some significant
changes in that regard. Don't let the opinions currently being
bantered by the ignorant sway you.
I feel as though I just delivered a sermon (LOL).
I do hope you downloaded and read the FAQ file since (I hope) it may
answer some of your inner, private thoughts.
Well, I've bored you enough for one day (night).
May all be at peace.
--- In Buddhism_101dwain dolan <abdulmatin10@...> wrote in part:
>what i mean? im not trying to criticize the tradition. i want to live
>its all about His Holiness' teachings. what produced him? you know
and learn the tradition. in Islam, the world is divided into the
'believers' and the 'non-believers' i cant live in a dualistic world