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In most religious traditions one prays to the deities of the tradition in the hopes of receiving their blessing, which will benefit one in some way. In the vajrayana Buddhist tradition, however, the blessing and the power and the superlative qualities of the enlightened beings are not considered as coming from an outside source, but are believed to be innate, to be aspects of our own true nature. Chenrezig and his love and compassion are within us.
AnnaS wrote:Well, I think "don't kill people" is at the very core of all religious beliefs. Yes, Islam too.
Letha.. wrote:AnnaS wrote:Well, I think "don't kill people" is at the very core of all religious beliefs. Yes, Islam too.
I agree. Isnâ€™t it ironic that so many have been killed in the name of religion?
TominTN wrote:In the best case, religious formulations can be like "training wheels" that we can use as a guide to get the feel of living in the Presence. Once we experience that moment-by-moment awareness, the formulations are no longer needed.** We know how to behave to be of help to ourselves and others without doing harm, and we're open to new information about what's harmful and what's helpful, so we're willing to adjust our behavior as new information becomes available through our experience. Like the training wheels, the formulations then need to be removed and laid aside so they don't interfere with the bike ride. In less desirable cases, religious followers confuse the guidelines with the goal and seek to impose their guidelines on everyone around them.
Letha.. wrote:multiplied when more copies of the mantra are included
...and spinning the Mani wheels faster increases the benefit as well.
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