...for the Christian practitioner, the Creator and the acceptance of the|
Creator as almighty, is a very important factor within that tradition in order
to develop self-discipline, compassion, or forgiveness and to increase them in
one's intimate relationship with God. That's something very essential. In
addition, when God is seen as absolute and almighty, the concept that
everything is relative becomes a little bit difficult. However, if one's
understanding of God is in terms of an ultimate nature of reality or ultimate
truth, then it is possible to have a kind of unified approach.
...As to one's personal religion, I think this must be based on one's own
mental disposition.... Generally speaking, I think it is better to practice
according to your own traditional background, and certainly you can use some
of the Buddhist techniques. Without accepting rebirth theory or the
complicated philosophy, simply use certain techniques to increase your power
of patience and compassion, forgiveness, and things like that.
-- H.H. the Dalai Lama, "Healing Anger: The Power of Patience from a
Buddhist Perspective", translated by Thupten Jinpa, published by Snow