Friday, June 11, 2010

Martin Luther is not the Buddha.

A Reading from the Book of Wikipedia:

Martin Luther (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German priest and professor of theology who initiated the Protestant Reformation. Strongly disputing the claim that freedom from God's punishment of sin could be purchased with money, he confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. His refusal to retract all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the emperor.
I have heard of people who root their present attraction to Buddhism in their aversion to their Christian past. For these people, one cannot be cultivated without the other; together, they grow. They hold that this is not that, but do not see the flowering lotus in the Buddha's palm is Jesus' losing his life on the cross. Still they circle Hell, or perhaps not Heaven.

So, what are you willing to do to enter Heaven and to avoid Hell?

How much will people pay to escape their present, to become something different?


Cost: $350 (MRO Students: $275)
Retreat Dates: June 17 - 20
Course: BOD1064
Zen Mountain Monastery Aikido Seminar

Making offerings, saying prayers, performing rituals, perfecting forms, ...: Can doing these free you of that?

Believe that you do not need redemption or believe that you have already been redeemed? One is bad; one is not good. Still you carry the burden that every great sage---whether Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, Lao Tse, the Patriarchs, or another wise one---has already removed.

Now, have you no faith?

So it is true, then: Martin Luther is not the Buddha, but the Buddha is Martin Luther. Hallelujah!
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