Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Dialogue

Source: Powerpoint & Jewish Rabbi's Blog -
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A brief dialogue between a Brazilian Christian Theologist Leonardo Boff and the Dalai Lama.
In a round table discussion about religion and freedom which Leonardo Boff ('LB') and Dalai Lama ('DL') were participating at recess.
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LB asked DL "Your Holiness, what is the best religion?"
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LB thought DL would say "Tibetan Buddhism" or "The Oriental Religion, much older than Christianity".
DL smiled and looked into LB's eyes replied "The best religion is the one that gets you closer to God. It is the one that makes you a better person."
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LB challenged DL "What is it that makes me a better person?"
DL responded:
"Whatever makes you
more compassionate,
more sensible,
more detached,
more loving,
more humanitarian,
more responsible,
more ethical."
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"The religion that will do that for you is the best religion."
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"I am not interested, my friend, about your religion or if you are religious or not. What really is important to me is your behaviour in front of your peers, family, work, community, and in front of the world. Remember, the universe is the echo of our actions and thoughts."
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"The law of action and reaction (aka Karma) is not exclusively for physics. It is also of human relations. If I act with goodness, I will receive goodness. If I act with evil, I will get evil.What our grandparents told us is the pure truth. You will always have what you desire for others. Being happy is not a matter of destiny. It is a matter of opinion."
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"Take care of your Thoughts because they become Words.
Take care of your Words because they become Actions.
Take care of your Actions because they become Habits.
Take care of your Habits because they will form your Character.
Take care of your Character because it will form your Destiny,
and your Destiny will be your Life."
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"There is no religion higher than THE Truth."

3 comments:

Yingel said...

"like" this

Robin said...

I saw a lot of version on this video on the youtube about a dialogue between The Dalai Lama and Dr Leonardo Boff on The Best religion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIxML6j1y68&feature=player_embedded

Can anyone confirm if this interview actually happened? So many emails have been circulated with his Holiness name and how can we know which one is true and which one is not.

I understand that it is about the finger pointing at the moon, but some would still like to clarify before they circulate this content further.

Metta
Robin

Boon said...

Hi Robin, I tried to verify the authenticity of this dialogue and I could only found the link from a Jewish Rabbi to support it. May be you could let me know the source after you have verified it.

At the end of the day, it is a meaning message. That's the most important.