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Title: For my friend, a philosophical Buddhist.
Post by: KBN1 on May 12, 2011, 03:18:47 PM
Please pray that this friend who is very dear to me come to a realization of the truth in Christ.  She was raised by nominally neo-pagan parents who sent her to a Lutheran church as a child to satisfy the grandparents.  She is now, in her own words, a philosophical Buddhist.  I pray that somewhere in the middle of all of that the light of Christ shines bright and that she responds to it.
Title: Re: For my friend, a philosophical Buddhist.
Post by: Papist on May 12, 2011, 03:19:39 PM
Lord, have mercy.
Title: Re: For my friend, a philosophical Buddhist.
Post by: SolEX01 on May 12, 2011, 03:23:42 PM
Lord have Mercy.
Title: Re: For my friend, a philosophical Buddhist.
Post by: akimori makoto on May 12, 2011, 06:17:19 PM
She is now, in her own words, a philosophical Buddhist.

Does she actually practise Buddhist morality, meditation, repetition of mantras, reading of Buddhist scriptures? Does she acknowledge that the "self" is a delusion, that suffering arises from attachment and from attachment alone, that existence itself is suffering? If she doesn't do most or a combination of these things, she is not a Buddhist but just another person who thinks describing themself that way makes them more fashionable than the rest of us.

I tend to side with Father Seraphim Rose in believing that if she's a sincere Buddhist seeking the truth, it will be easier for her to eventually acknowledge the True God. If she's just another fashion "Buddhist", the journey will be longer and more painful.

Whatever the situation -- Lord, have mercy!
Title: Re: For my friend, a philosophical Buddhist.
Post by: deusveritasest on May 12, 2011, 06:25:40 PM
that existence itself is suffering?

I think this particular description is not entirely faithful to the Buddhist doctrine.
Title: Re: For my friend, a philosophical Buddhist.
Post by: KBN1 on May 12, 2011, 06:39:30 PM
She is now, in her own words, a philosophical Buddhist.

Does she actually practise Buddhist morality, meditation, repetition of mantras, reading of Buddhist scriptures? Does she acknowledge that the "self" is a delusion, that suffering arises from attachment and from attachment alone, that existence itself is suffering? If she doesn't do most or a combination of these things, she is not a Buddhist but just another person who thinks describing themself that way makes them more fashionable than the rest of us.

I tend to side with Father Seraphim Rose in believing that if she's a sincere Buddhist seeking the truth, it will be easier for her to eventually acknowledge the True God. If she's just another fashion "Buddhist", the journey will be longer and more painful.

Whatever the situation -- Lord, have mercy!

She only takes Buddhism as a model of morality and that is why she is careful to explain that it is philosophical in nature for her.  She has spent time living in Asia and did spend a fair amount of time at their temples and with teachers.  I think it would be unfair to characterize it as fashionable to her.  It is not a visible accessory to her life.  It is a set of principles that she quietly bases her life on.  Beyond that, I don't know enough about Buddhism to say much more.  Circumstances in her life are such that she is seeking deeper meaning though so I am hoping...

Thank you for all your prayers.
Title: Re: For my friend, a philosophical Buddhist.
Post by: LizaSymonenko on May 12, 2011, 06:45:56 PM

Lord, have mercy!
Title: Re: For my friend, a philosophical Buddhist.
Post by: deusveritasest on May 12, 2011, 06:46:06 PM
She is now, in her own words, a philosophical Buddhist.

Does she actually practise Buddhist morality, meditation, repetition of mantras, reading of Buddhist scriptures? Does she acknowledge that the "self" is a delusion, that suffering arises from attachment and from attachment alone, that existence itself is suffering? If she doesn't do most or a combination of these things, she is not a Buddhist but just another person who thinks describing themself that way makes them more fashionable than the rest of us.

I tend to side with Father Seraphim Rose in believing that if she's a sincere Buddhist seeking the truth, it will be easier for her to eventually acknowledge the True God. If she's just another fashion "Buddhist", the journey will be longer and more painful.

Whatever the situation -- Lord, have mercy!

She only takes Buddhism as a model of morality and that is why she is careful to explain that it is philosophical in nature for her.  She has spent time living in Asia and did spend a fair amount of time at their temples and with teachers.  I think it would be unfair to characterize it as fashionable to her.  It is not a visible accessory to her life.  It is a set of principles that she quietly bases her life on.  Beyond that, I don't know enough about Buddhism to say much more.  Circumstances in her life are such that she is seeking deeper meaning though so I am hoping...

Thank you for all your prayers.

IMO, there is more to what would qualify "philosophical Buddhism" than just its ethnical principles.
Title: Re: For my friend, a philosophical Buddhist.
Post by: KBN1 on May 12, 2011, 06:48:36 PM
She is now, in her own words, a philosophical Buddhist.

Does she actually practise Buddhist morality, meditation, repetition of mantras, reading of Buddhist scriptures? Does she acknowledge that the "self" is a delusion, that suffering arises from attachment and from attachment alone, that existence itself is suffering? If she doesn't do most or a combination of these things, she is not a Buddhist but just another person who thinks describing themself that way makes them more fashionable than the rest of us.

I tend to side with Father Seraphim Rose in believing that if she's a sincere Buddhist seeking the truth, it will be easier for her to eventually acknowledge the True God. If she's just another fashion "Buddhist", the journey will be longer and more painful.

Whatever the situation -- Lord, have mercy!

She only takes Buddhism as a model of morality and that is why she is careful to explain that it is philosophical in nature for her.  She has spent time living in Asia and did spend a fair amount of time at their temples and with teachers.  I think it would be unfair to characterize it as fashionable to her.  It is not a visible accessory to her life.  It is a set of principles that she quietly bases her life on.  Beyond that, I don't know enough about Buddhism to say much more.  Circumstances in her life are such that she is seeking deeper meaning though so I am hoping...

Thank you for all your prayers.

IMO, there is more to what would qualify "philosophical Buddhism" than just its ethnical principles.

Ok, we will forget that I even said anything about Buddhism.  Ultimately it doesn't matter.  Just please pray for her.
Title: Re: For my friend, a philosophical Buddhist.
Post by: akimori makoto on May 12, 2011, 07:23:36 PM
Apologies for opening up that can of worms.

Whenever someone is seeking the truth, we should be hopeful that they will find it, as the Lord promised.

I pray that the Lord our God may reveal to her the gospel of righteousness and unite her to his holy, catholic and apostolic church.