Sunday, May 30, 2010

If you had to convert to a non-Western religion, which one would it be?

I am not going to give this answer much in the way of the appropriate thought that it should have. And partly, I feel that I should do some research and think about it for a while and really, kind of, PRAY on it . . . you know? (For all the humor that brings to your mind . . . )

But, my initial gut reaction when i read the question was Buddhism.

The mental discipline aspect of it (or what I perceive it to be) appeals to me.

(And let me say as I go forward with this answer that I haven't done the aforementioned research and I'll speak in half-truths, misrememberances, demonstrations of profound ignorance, and who-knows-what-else as I complete this answer. But from this word on, I'll do it with CONFIDENCE.)

So . . . Buddhism seems like an attractive way to live a life. If you are really into it, it is a way of thinking about the world and your place in it. How you can connect with others and see how you affect (or don't affect) them. Such an attitude could probably help a lot of Christians, I venture to say.

Anyway, I've read some Daoist koans--back in college when "The Dao of Pooh" and "The Te of Piglet" were popular. (Yeah, I read them both.) But I also did read some honest-to-goodness koans. And I liked the thought-puzzle nature of the phrases. Plus, one of my brothers was into that at the time and I enjoyed the connection that it gave us.

Anyway, that my answer.

Thanks for asking.

1 comment:

eraisedtoipi said...

I'm Eastern Orthodox. Does that count as a non-western religion?