The Buddha lived in a time of polytheism. He appears to suggests that polytheistic gods exist only if an individual believes them to do so,
‘More than other believers, the contemplative ought to be an “expert in atheism.” Does he believe? Perhaps, yet without believing, it seems to him. He
Rule St Beedict – Chapter 7 Obviously, this I the actual (unchanged) text of Chapter 7 of the Rule of St Benedict. I find its
Do not threaten or beat prisoners. If the prisoners disobey the rules or ignore warnings, report to your supervisor in writing or by mouth.
Chinese transliterations and translations are useful as the early Chinese scholars had to understand the Indian Pali and Sanskrit terms before they could be rendered effectively into the Chinese language. Obviously, some of the early transliteration of Indian Buddhist terms are purely ‘phonetic’ in nature and in themselves do not convey much meaning as ideograms. This represents an initial process of a slow, careful and gradual building-up of knowledge in China about a thoroughly ‘foreign’ Indian philosophy that had to develop an ‘interface’ with existing Chinese culture.
This photograph does not offend me in the same manner as racism, or social inequality. In fact it does not offend me at all. Religious