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By Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha)

"The Dhammapada" is a set of aphorisms that illustrate the ethical teachings of Buddha - the non secular route to the preferrred fact. most likely compiled within the 3rd century BCE, the verses are prepared in keeping with topic, protecting rules comparable to self-possession, strong and evil, watchfulness and patience. jointly they describe how anyone can reach the enlightenment of Nirvana, the best objective of Buddhism. the line to Nirvana, as illustrated in "The Dhammapada", is slender and hard to barter, however the present of everlasting lifestyles supplies desire and resolution to the traveller.

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Some Christians think that one who does not believe in the existence of God, and who cannot be convinced by any of the traditional arguments, is somehow deficient in the religious sense, but this is to identify the religious sense with the theistic sense, as it may be called, which is merely one of its numerous forms. Not only are there primitive societies in which the idea of an almighty Creator is unknown; there are, also, advanced cultures that have no word for such an idea. A Thai Buddhist once told me that when the early Christian missionaries started translating the Bible into the Thai language they were astonished to find it had no word for God.

I did, however, find time to read about Christianity. Besides taking up the thread of my old studies, as I have already related, I read several scholarly volumes on the Eastern Orthodox Church as well as a few works of popular theology. The most interesting of the latter was the best-selling Honest to God by John A. T. Robinson, then Bishop of Woolwich. It was of interest to me principally on account of the Bishop’s apparent belief that theism was finished, a view that to my mind pointed in the direction of non-theistic religion, even in the direction of non-theistic Christianity, and thus to a possible overlap between Christianity and Buddhism, of which the Bishop seemed not to have heard.

At the time of the massacre the reigning pontiff was Alexander VII, but responsibility for the holocaust cannot be ascribed to any one person, however eminent. It must be ascribed, ultimately, to the fundamental character of the Catholic Church, with its conviction that the Christian faith can be permanently enclosed within a particular form of words, its horror of heresy, and its readiness in the past to have recourse to violence and bloodshed in support of its claims. Five Christian Mythology When I was twelve my parents gave me a copy of Milton’s Paradise Lost for Christmas, thus giving me what I have elsewhere described as ‘the greatest poetic experience of my life’.

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