Ladies and Gentlemen, I find the best way to make a decision is to have the facts in front of me. Due to a recent posting on our favorite social media, I find myself tired of syncretism [the pollution of two belief systems by mixing them together and coming up with a weakened, tainted system in an effort to avoid offense or for the sake of inclusion]. This is NOT spoken against people, but a lack of knowledge. If you are willing to take the challenge…[disclaimer…I serve a risen Savior]
Zen – Buddhism
Blaise Pascal – “It is a disease natural to man to believe he possesses the truth.” [does not believe in ANY truth, entirely subjective, find your own path…the 60’s followed that path “do whatever feels good” …res]
zen-buddhism.net – Zen does not seek to answer subjective questions because these are not important issues for Zen. What really matters is the here and now: not God, not the afterlife, but the present moment here and now. [hmmm…no higher power than self? …res]
Who is Buddha?
zen-buddhism.net – “he calmly and peacefully decided to abandon his family, wealth, and power to achieve Enlightenment. Buddhists call this decision “The Great Renunciation”, and they consider it a turning point in history.
One night, having made his decision, Gautama left the gigantic palace, abandoning his wife and child to travel the world in search of Enlightenment. He traveled as a beggar in northern India…”
[His search for SELF allowed him to abandon his family, his responsibility, and his work ethic! Hmmm…sounds fun. …res]
Uh oh! He went to extremes, decided that didn’t work either. Sat for 49 days and reached “Enlightenment” and what did he find…TRUTHS! There must be answers after all…Truths! Well, he got that part right.
First Noble Truth – To Live Means To Suffer
During his meditation, he realized that ‘life is suffering.’ The reason for this being the fact that human beings are not perfect. Likewise, the world inhabited by them is also ridden with imperfections.
Second Noble Truth – The Origin Of Suffering Is Attachment
The second noble truth tells us that the root of all suffering is attachment. To avoid suffering, we need to understand what causes suffering and then weeding out these causes from our lives.
Third Noble Truth – The Cessation Of Suffering Is Attainable
This liberation from attachment and sorrow frees the mind of all troubles and worries. The attainment of this liberation is called “Nirvana” in Sanskrit and “Satori” in Japanese.
Fourth Noble Truth – The Eightfold Path To The Cessation Of Suffering “Zen”
Buddha says that salvation (Nirvana/Satori) is a condition that can be attained by leading a balanced life. And to lead a balanced life, one needs to follow the Eightfold path which is a ‘gradual path of self-improvement.’
Buddha was a man, not a god, per their own dogma…truth…simply an enlightened man. I will qualify that statement by saying that he was a pampered young man faced with a brutal awakening when he was exposed to “the real world” like any other. He made bad choices and lived poorly, made some good choices and lived well…he matured. At the ripe old age of 35, he decided that he was indeed enlightened and should gather seekers to himself and preach complete detachment from people and things in order to avoid suffering.
To this day, people worship a good, but very dead, man at Buddhist temples. Choose YOU this day whom you will serve…your self, your enlightment, your not-so-noble philosophy? As for me, I will serve a selfless, devoted, and willing-to-die-for-me Jesus/Yeshua who did not desert a wife and child, did not starve himself to prove a shallow point, and did not shrink away from suffering…EVER!