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 on: Today at 06:54:59 PM 
Started by Perennial1 - Last post by stavros_388
It's fascinating talking with you, P1!

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There is then room for convergence: Buddhism thinks that grace is not necessary while Christianity thinks that grace is necessary, but they both agree that it is accomplished by our human effort.

I have been searching for a specific quote by St. Theophan that addresses this directly, but try as I might, I can't locate it. If my memory serves me, he says that we must strive with all of our power and intelligence and will to perfect ourselves, but also accept that without God, we can do nothing. The entire attitude of the Orthodox Christian should be therefore one of humility and surrender. As much as I (like you) have great respect for Buddhism, it does not much emphasize humility, and nowhere but in Orthodoxy have I seen such emphasis on humility. So I agree that there is some convergence, but I can't quite agree that both traditions agree that it is accomplished by human effort. Maybe we're not so far apart in our thinking, though, because a good deal of human effort is most definitely required of both!

Again, to quote St. Theophan:
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"The Lord sees your needs and your efforts, and will give you a helping hand. He will support you and establish you as a soldier, fully armed and ready to go into battle. No support can be better than His. The greatest danger lies in the soul thinking that it can find this help within itself; then it will lose everything. Evil will dominate it again, eclipsing the light that as yet flickers but weakly in the soul, and it will extinguish the small flame which is still scarcely burning. The soul should realize how powerless it is alone; therefore, expecting nothing of itself, let it fall down in humility before God, and in its own heart recognize itself to be nothing. He who in humility puts himself in the hands of the merciful God, attracts the Lord to himself, and becomes strong in his strength. Although expecting everything from God and nothing from ourselves, we must nevertheless force ourselves to action, exerting all our strength, so as to create something to which the divine help may come, and which the divine power may encompass. Grace is already present within us, but it will only act after man has himself acted, filling his powerlessness with its own power."
--pp. 136-7, "The Art of Prayer - An Orthodox Anthology"

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I wonder though... why do Christians think that all meditational spiritual practice has to involve communication with God?

More St. Theophan...
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"First of all it must be understood that it is the duty of all Christians - especially of those whose calling dedicates them to the spiritual life - to strive always and in every way to be united with God, their creator, lover, benefactor, and their supreme good, by whom and for whom they were created. This is because the centre and the final purpose of the soul, which God created, must be God Himself alone, and nothing else - God, from whom the soul has received its life and its nature, and for whom it must eternally live."
--p.46, "The Art of Prayer - An Orthodox Anthology"

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Mahayana Buddhists cultivate compassion (or "love") for other beings to the highest possible degree. I agree though that they are assuming "persons" even thought they don't admit it.

I don't give the Mahayana Buddhists enough credit, perhaps. The Bodhisattva is a Buddhist example of surrender, love (compassion), and self-sacrifice.

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 on: Today at 06:37:18 PM 
Started by Ebor - Last post by Justin Kissel
Daily Tidbit of Wisdom #228: All people are created equal and are endowed with certain unalienable rights, some of the cooler ones being: existence, limited autonomy, and the acquisition of consumer electronics.

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 on: Today at 06:33:34 PM 
Started by minasoliman - Last post by Antonious Nikolas

But I am afraid that Orthodox intentions without positive administrative steps are useless. 

A resident ORTHODOX bishop is needed. 


Agreed.


are you saying HG Bishop Michael is candidate for one of the Canadian dioceses?

No.  I'm pointing out that Stavro's assessment - that an enthroned Orthodox bishop is the best remedy for irregularities of a certain sort - is particularly relevant in H.G. Anba Michael's situation.  That's why some people don't want to see him enthroned.

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 on: Today at 06:19:23 PM 
Started by SolEX01 - Last post by rakovsky
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It conjures up the horrifying scenario of a human brain trapped inside an animal's body. The original study involved isolating human stem cells - the 'mother cells' that can develop into any other type of cell - and then introducing them into mice.

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Human brain trapped in human body can be scary enough!

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 on: Today at 06:15:37 PM 
Started by Twenty Nine - Last post by Twenty Nine
If a person is defined as an existence of an essence, would there not be three essences since there are three Persons? Huh  Kind of confused.

No because God is three Persons, one Essence. We are persons of the human essence.

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 on: Today at 06:11:11 PM 
Started by minasoliman - Last post by minasoliman

But I am afraid that Orthodox intentions without positive administrative steps are useless. 

A resident ORTHODOX bishop is needed. 


Agreed.


are you saying HG Bishop Michael is candidate for one of the Canadian dioceses?

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 on: Today at 06:00:35 PM 
Started by Ebor - Last post by kelly


Nice shoes, Beetlejuice.

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 on: Today at 05:44:10 PM 
Started by Ebor - Last post by methodius
wazza matta?

looks like the aunts in your pants trying to team up with the aunkles

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 on: Today at 05:43:18 PM 
Started by minasoliman - Last post by Antonious Nikolas

But I am afraid that Orthodox intentions without positive administrative steps are useless. 

A resident ORTHODOX bishop is needed. 


Agreed.


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 on: Today at 05:36:39 PM 
Started by TheTrisagion - Last post by methodius
.....just as a matter of curiosity;
     is Matt. Heim-bach a descendant of JSB?


Would his melodies [if any] be found in a Hym-bukk?

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