Sunday, August 22, 2010

Buddhism and (other) religions

No, I'm not going to write an extensive paper on the difference between buddhism and (other) religions.

But last week I had a talk with someone and I said that to me the difference was very clear.

When I was young the religion of my parents told me the rules of behaviour. And in fact, that religion still does.
It doesn't state how to deal with life, it just gives the end result, an order.
One needs to be perfect and how to become perfect isn't adressed properly.

Buddhism provides the way how to.
It provides all sorts of ways to deal with the experiences of life and transform them to a nourishing experiences. Buddshim provides the tools to become a better person.
Buddhism allows room for failing without the need to feel guilty about being imperfect.
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