Re: [Meditation Society of America] shaken, not stirred
- --- In email@example.com, Greg Goode <
> At 07:05 PM 5/29/2003 +0000, Jeff Belyea wrote:Nice distinction. The silence of
> >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 :-)
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.