What Mahayana Buddhists Believe

Central tenets of the Mahayana Buddhists.

AtaD

09/14/2011 09:19:37 AM

Guesses, I agree the problem is that it is difficult to summarize the vastness of Buddhism in one page. It does give generalizations that could easily offend those sensitive about specific practices of their Buddhist path, or particularly invested in a certain issue. I do find the "contemporary issues" section of this summary to be fodder for possible dischord, as it is actually about the individual cultures in which Buddhism is practiced, rather that Buddhist teaching. So, for example, if one is seeing the statment "strongly opposed to homosexuality" as being a teaching of Buddhism in a country rather than a cultural issue that exists outside of the religion, this will certainly bristle many. And abortion, of course, is always a topic that creates very intense feelings!

guessses

09/01/2010 09:34:45 AM

Does it surprise anyone? 1. This was meant to be a summary. 2. Asia has the most land mass and populace. 3. There are over 38,000 Denominations of Christianity and Buddhism has been around a lot longer. Peace, Mike/NAFOD

bobjim

06/11/2010 08:41:25 PM

I wonder what the motivation for saying that Asian Buddhists are generally strongly opposed to homosexuality when Vietnam is one of the few countries in the world to have never had any law against homosexuality and Japan only had such a law for a few years under Western influence. Homosexuality is clearly not frowned up in Buddhist societies nearly so much as was the practise in Western societies (the latter being something which has only changed recently).

mponi

02/13/2010 10:52:52 AM

The author was quick to point out that abortion is considered murder. The way this article reads, it leads me to think the author is intending the reader to believe that abortion is the only thing in Buddhism considered murder. In Buddhism, killing ANY sentient being, with the intention to kill them, is "murder". That goes from killing ants, to cows, to soldiers. If, for instance, you accidently run over a rabbit while driving, that would not be "murder" because you did not intentionally do it. If you are at a seafood restaurant, point to a lobster in a tank, and tell the waiter you want that lobster for dinner, and it's then killed for you, then you have committed *murder*.

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