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Michael John Smith

Buddhist Attitude To Other Religions

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"Oh Blessed One, may I not come to the complete awakening if, when I have done so, the bodhisattvas of my land should not manifest their roots of merit and offerings before other Buddhas in forms entirely conforming to what is acceptable and desirable to those Buddhas."


This is the 24th vow of Dharmakara Bodhisattva and it constitutes a manifesto for respect toward other wholesome religious traditions.



This is what HH the Dalai Lama says about religion:

"Despite philosophical differences, all major world religions have the same potential to create good human beings. It is therefore important for all religious traditions to respect one another and recognize the value of each other's respective traditions. As far as one truth, one religion is concerned, this is relevant on an individual level. However, for the community at large, several truths, several religions are necessary."

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