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Os dentes de Buda

16.05.10

 

"The publication late last year of Buddhist Warfare, the book I coedited with sociologist and religious studies scholar Mark Juergensmeyer, was a bittersweet experience. It marked the culmination of a journey that began with an exploration of the peaceful aspects of Buddhism—only to end up chronicling portions of its dark side.

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I realized that I was a consumer of a very successful form of propaganda. Since the early 1900s, Buddhist monastic intellectuals such as Walpola Rahula, D.T. Suzuki, and Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, have labored to raise Western awareness of their cultures and traditions. In doing so, they have presented aspects of Buddhist traditions while leaving out others. Western academics quickly followed suit. By the 1960s, pop culture in the United States no longer depicted Buddhist traditions as primitive, but as mystical.

Thupten Tsering, codirector of the 1998 film Windhorse, a political drama surreptitiously filmed in Tibet, encapsulated the effect of this unsophisticated portrayal in a 2000 interview with the New York Times. “People assume that if you are Tibetan, you are peaceful and polite and smiley,” he said. “I tell people, when you cut me, I bleed just like you.”

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E sempre esta sensação de que não estou bem aqui...

28.07.09

The top score on the list below represents the faith that Belief-O-Matic, in its less than infinite wisdom, thinks most closely matches your beliefs. However, even a score of 100% does not mean that your views are all shared by this faith, or vice versa.

Belief-O-Matic then lists another 26 faiths in order of how much they have in common with your professed beliefs. The higher a faith appears on this list, the more closely it aligns with your thinking.

 

 

1.  Mahayana Buddhism (100%)
2.  Taoism (84%)
3.  Theravada Buddhism (80%)
4.  Liberal Quakers (79%)
5.  Unitarian Universalism (76%)
6.  Hinduism (76%)
7.  New Age (71%)
8.  New Thought (70%)
9.  Neo-Pagan (66%)
10.  Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (60%)
11.  Jainism (58%)
12.  Scientology (57%)
13.  Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (55%)
14.  Reform Judaism (44%)
15.  Orthodox Quaker (44%)
16.  Sikhism (41%)
17.  Seventh Day Adventist (29%)
18.  Baha'i Faith (28%)
19.  Secular Humanism (27%)
20.  Nontheist (25%)
21.  Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (22%)
22.  Orthodox Judaism (20%)
23.  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (16%)
24.  Islam (14%)
25.  Eastern Orthodox (8%)
26.  Jehovah's Witness (8%)
27.  Roman Catholic (8%)

 

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"The Devil's Publicist"

07.02.09

When the Catholic Church canonizes a new saint, a Devil's Advocate marshals all possible evidence against the candidate. Judging by current events in the Vatican, one might imagine Pope Benedict XVI has a full time employee called the Devil's Publicist, who is charged with finding the most embarrassing story to release at the worst possible time.

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Zeus, o Deus que nos faz falta

19.08.08

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"Why you should NOT live by “Christian Morals”

06.08.08

Escrito por um cristão e muito bem escrito. Completamente de acordo.

 

You see the word “morals” implies that there are good things and that there are bad things… and that you… as a human are to judge what is good and what is bad–then do more of the good than the bad things.

This is what “moral living” is, correct?

But you see, it’s this obsession with morals that IS the downfall of man. It is why our world is currently broken.  It is the foundation of the tree of knowledge of good and evil that Adam ate from that broke humanity ever since.

Living morally requires that you decide what is good and what is not… this is independence from God– this is the fall of man — us choosing what is right and what is wrong.

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