The Bible says not to be yoked with unbelievers... are Buddhists believers or not? Believers in God. This I don't really know... it seems more that they have incorporated God into their daily lives as part of their being... this is hard to criticize. The following instructions would have made me an infinitely happier, healthier person than did the lectures, rants, and beatings that accompanied my parents' training in how to be a good Catholic. They drove me and my six siblings away from God (I am the only one who speaks to Him, so far as I can ascertain... the subject is taboo amongst us). Buddhists seem to be satisfied with the offerings of a person to their religious personages/institutions, no Christian church I've ever been to has been satisfied, no matter how much I gave. This is very telling to me.
I'm about to turn from the Western medicine treatment of my anxiety symptoms to Chinese medicine. I don't want to offend God in any way... but Western medicine ignores the obvious and picks at the superficial and this has nearly killed me while ignoring the cause of my symptoms/illnesses. Chinese medicine looks for the cause and treats it first. In Western medicine psychiatrists are the doctor of last resort... in Chinese medicine there is a seven-layer hierarchy of practitioners.... the bottom layer is those who treat the physical body, the top layer is those who treat the spirit. Good system. Since our system is the opposite, if I have strictly physical ailments I will trust Western medicine for those... but my problems are spiritual so I'm off on a pilgrimage for health. Not for religion... I already know God and He knows me - :D Thank you God.
Instructions for life from the Dalai Lama -
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
Follow the three R’s:
- Respect for self
- Respect for others and
- Responsibility for all your actions.
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. (I don't believe in luck or coincidence - I believe that to believe in those is to worship chaos - I believe in the love of God and in his goodness)
Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
Spend some time alone every day.
Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life. (from birth to death)
In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
Be gentle with the earth.
Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other. (I like this as a way to figure out who your friends are)
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.