Saturday, November 7, 2009

Vajrayana: The Tibetan Buddhist Religion

Buddhism is a religion with some basic tenets that give you a practical approach to daily living. It is both intellectual and intuitive. Buddhism ultimately manifests itself entirely in the life of the person practicing it. There are no deities as in Christianity or Judaism. No book of words that reveals all the answers to life and the cosmos. Buddhism is about personal realization. Whatever is written, even in the Buddhist scriptures or sutras, becomes completely dependent on he who lives it. Because Buddhism does not have a god/creator the argument continues whether it is a religion or a philosophy. There is philosophy to be found in all religion. Buddhism is a religion, it has fundamental truths and a distinctive approach to living. Religion is about beliefs, faith, heart and even intuition. Any religion at it's core provides a compass by which we are to live, and a way to look at life, death and the world at large. Buddhism does all that and more and it is without question a religion.

"I believe the purpose of all major religions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts, Every major religion has the potential to create this. The greater our awareness is regarding the value and effectiveness of other religious traditions, then the deeper will be our respect and reverence toward our own religion, other religions, and religion in general." ~The Dalai Lama~

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