Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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A Tibetan Monk Points to Heaven at the Kotel…

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths

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…Gutman Brings It Down to Earth

Buddhist religious teachings sound so wonderful… until you try them on. Last week, a Buddhist monk came to the Kotel. I asked him, “What is the main principle of Buddhism?”

     He smiled warmly and said, “Have respect for all human beings, and for their ideas.”

     I quickly answered, “Do not have respect for murderers!”

     He smiled again, unmoved by my statement. He said, “We must have compassion on all beings.”

     I said, “It is more compassionate to kill a murderer than to let him go free and kill again.”[i]

     If you live on a mountaintop, it is easy to love all ideas. When you live in the world, your ideas have to fit reality. One of the main differences between Eastern spiritual philosophy and the Torah is that they are told, “To be spiritually successful, you must withdraw from the world, detach, let go.”

We are told to go out into the world and elevate it. Make it a better place. [ii]


[i] Mishnah Sanhedrin 8:5
[ii] Genesis 2:15

2 comments:

vincent said...
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y said...

please wrote more about this as many jews are attracted to buddhism.

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