How the happiness U-curve echoes the Buddha’s teachings (COMMENTARY)

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A Buddhist statue on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow

A Buddhist statue on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow

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(RNS) I have not become a Buddhist. I am too attached to several of my desires, unwilling to let them go. But I see the structure of life bending me toward this wisdom and applying some form of this discipline to me.

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  • Billysees

    A737,

    According to this ‘timeline of religion’ —

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_religion

    — Buddhism appeared about 300 years before Jesus and Christianity. If there is ‘one God’, as Christianity teaches, that ‘one God’ must have created this religion.

    So, it must have God’s approval whether anyone likes it or not.

    Maybe this Bible verse explains it all —

    Man’s ways are of the Lord, so how can we understand our own ways?…….Proverbs 20:24

  • samuel Johnston

    Hi Author,
    I could not have said it better myself, and I am 70. My old philosophy professor prefaced many of his remarks this way: “Why just the other day I realized something. Of course, I should have realized it many years ago – I had all the facts.”

  • winny

    Billysees, just because it existed didn’t mean God approved. He “allowed” it is better way to think of it.
    Christianity is about choosing to love God. It being perfect.
    When your child disobey you consequences follow and you will still love them even though they may choose to hate you.
    Evil forces us to make decisions daily to chose to love or chose not to love God.

  • Billysees

    winny,

    ” …just because it existed didn’t mean God approved. He “allowed” it is better way to think of it. ”

    But I was saying that God must have ‘created’ Buddhism. Can anything exist without God’s knowledge or intervention or creative abilities? If he created it then he surely would approve of his own creation wouldn’t he? Certainly as long as it was doing some good in the world. God likes good works and deeds (the basic definition of the word righteousness) doesn’t he? —
    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness or always wanting to do good works and who want to do the right things because they will be satisfied……Jesus…..Matthew 5:6

    ” Christianity is about choosing to love God. It being perfect. ”

    I think we need to be somehow ‘encouraged’ rather than ‘choosing’ to love God. We need to be ‘touched’ from above and that we wouldn’t ordinarily love something we weren’t familiar with. That ‘encouragement’ comes from the ‘spirit’ he…

  • samuel Johnston

    Wow! You guys really “know” a lot about what your God is thinking. You could sure teach Dr. Farnsley a thing or two!

  • Art Farnsley

    What a kind comment. Thanks. Now I wish I could make a better connection between what I “know” and what I “do”.

  • P K Murthy

    Sure, we must repent; repent your immature comments.

  • Susan

    This post made me realize that RNS does not have columnist or commentators who are Buddhist or Hindu or any other Eastern religion.

    D7D2, who are you to tell Buddhists that they are practicing a false religion? I profoundly disagree that there is only one way to God. I don’t think you really understand what Buddhism is. Jesus is not the Messiah. Jesus did not fulfill the prophecy for the coming of the Messiah in the Hebrew Bible. The only way it is possible to see Jesus to fulfill the prophecies is to read the Bible
    backwards already believing that Jesus is the Messiah, but I do think that for believers Christianity can be a valid way to God. Why can’t you accept that other religions are too?

    I don’t see how knowing that meditation is a form of brain manipulation makes it unreal. It makes it more real to me. I don’t see what’s wrong with it.

  • Susan

    I don’t think that Buddhists think that one can completely destroy the ego or desire. Buddhist, to the best of my knowledge, want you to look at those desires with equanimity and realize that they are not permanent. They come and go.

  • Susan

    Jesus never literally said that he was the Messiah. Others made that claim. He may have believed he was the Messiah, but he never said so. If he believed he was the Messiah he wasn’t lying.

  • Billysees

    Susan,

    ” Jesus is not the Messiah. Jesus did not fulfill the prophecy for the coming of the Messiah in the Hebrew Bible. ”

    You can get challenged over an assertion like that. If I knew my Bible better, I’d be able to point out a few things that you might find interesting. As for me, I’m more interested in what the Holy Spirit ‘shows me’ rather than how well I know and understand scripture. It’s easier and a more efficient ‘spirituality’ that way.

    ” but I do think that for believers Christianity can be a valid way to God. ”

    I think it’s an excellent way and full of benefits too which makes it especially rewarding.

    Isn’t it really the ‘benefits’ that give one religion an advantage over another?