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Offline Ron-the-Elder

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Merry Christmas.  :hug:

My journey with regard to my Buddhist path as a practitioner began in 1963, while serving in The U.S. Army in South Vietnam.  The Dhamma as taught by Sakyamuni Buddha was new and seemed strange, even frightening;  foreign to my life experience to that point.  Christianity was what I felt to be familiar and comfortable. 

Every year since my introduction to Buddhism at the service of Zen monks I curiously observed and noted the conflict between Christ's words and the practices of those, who called themselves Christians.  In Japan, as a practicing and intellectually ideal Buddhist, I observed the same conflict between the words of Buddha and those, who called themselves Buddhists.  This incongruity between words and practices for many years caused mental conflict on my part, until I learned the true meaning of compassion as not only taught by Christ and Lord Buddha, but as practiced by each.  Both grand teachers of humanity seemed to understand the nature of our arising as humans.

So, in the spirit of this compassion I say to all of you, Merry Christmas. :hug:
What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Offline lisehull

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Merry Christmas to you as well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Lise

 


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