I must confess that I do not aspire to live on one grain of rice per day. Nor do I wish to die a grisly death. However, I do not think that Buddha ever taught that people in general should aim to live on one grain of rice per day. Nor did Jesus ever advocate grisly deaths as a good idea, for people in general.
Do you wish to live on one grain of rice per day? Would you like to die a grisly death? Do you think that either experience would be beneficial and positive, for you, or for the human race, or the world in general?
If so, why have you not proceeded with your plan?
The question arises - what might Buddha or Jesus like to see, in the way that a modern-day person (eg you, or me, or Tony Tone Tone) lives his life? To bring the LOA more squarely into the picture, how would the above contrast with the way that, say, Abraham might like to see, in the way that a modern-day person (eg you, or me, or Tony Tone Tone) lives his life?
Have you considered that?
To me, a very central idea of Christianity is universal love.
To me, a very central idea of Buddhism is understanding what we normally perceive as reality, is in fact not "reality", but a creation of our own minds. Buddhism teaches us not to be fooled by the apparent separateness of things - there is no separation, no "other".
Well, it so happens that both these central ideas of Christianity and Buddhism are also central ideas in Abraham Hicks.
The pillar of Abraham's teachings is what he calls the emotional guidance scale. At the top end of the EGS is love. (Other occupants being wisdom, joy and peace etc). At the bottom end of the EGS are emotions like hate, fear and anger. In case you're not familiar, Abraham's main teaching is that people should constantly move, as best as they can, towards the top end of the scale. If his teachings had to be summarised in one sentence, this would be a good summary - "Keep moving towards Love."
As for the topic of reality, mind etc, well, the parallels between Abraham and Buddha are so striking that anyone who knows both sets of teachings will see the parallels immediately. The real fundamental difference may be expressed as follows:
(1) Buddha teaches people how to stop creating their own suffering;
(2) Abraham teaches people how to start creating their joys
And the end result, if it comes to be, is, quite frankly, the same.
**** To Be Continued ****
Last edited by Acting Like Godot; 06-25-2009 at 04:04 AM.