Archive for the ‘Buddhism’ Category

The Locus of Control within Buddhism

January 10, 2009

Notice that it is your thoughts, attitudes and actions that are the concern, not those of others. We are responsible for the world that we see around us. The imperative is ‘do not judge but be just’.

Care of Thomas:

Do not be concerned with the faults of other persons. Do not see others faults with a hateful mind. There is an old saying that if you stop seeing others faults, then naturally seniors are venerated and juniors are revered. Do not imitate other’s faults; just cultivate virtue. Buddha prohibited unwholesome actions, but did not tell us to hate those who practice unwholesome actions.

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Locus of control and Existentialism

December 27, 2008

The primary ethic of existentialism is concerned with Locus of control, which is perhaps the greatest idea of psychology – though unoriginal.

The point is, regardless of historical circumstances, genetics, family upbringing, etc., you are free and responsible for your own life. You create your own life, meaning and destiny.

The Buddha preached the locus of control also. Rather than looking to judge others, the external world or Satan  Рfor whatever absurd reason Рas the source of pain and misery, the Buddha saw that is was the subjective, human sensitivity to pain that was the problem. A solution to this problem was only to be found in the self.

Jesus and Buddhism: A Christian View

September 13, 2008

Jesus and Buddhism: A Christian View by Marcus Borg.

Of obvious interest to a blog such as this. I will discuss similarities and differences between Christianity and Buddhism in later posts. For now, I will say that both religions present a ‘way’ of coming to being of truth and ultimate reality, variously called ‘salvation’ or ‘enlightenment’.