What Didn’t Make the Cut
Jesus & Buddha: Penance
A fifteen to twenty-minute sermon necessitates that some ideas and quotes fall to the ground of the cutting room floor. Below are some of those which didn’t quite make it past the first round from this last Sunday.
This week we looked at the background to Lent and its original ties to the Roman Catholic Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. I was unable to tie in the Buddhist perspective of forgiveness and reconciliation.
1. In the eBook “Buddha in a Nutshell” Narada Mahathera points out that “it was the belief in the ancient days that no deliverance could be gained unless one leads a life of strict asceticism.” Siddhartha Gotama (The Buddha) practiced all forms of severe austerities, “Adding vigil after vigil, and penance after penance,” for six years. After this extended period he decided to forego the two extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification and walk a middle path. He called this “Maijhima Patipada.” http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/nutshell.pdf
2. Buddhist Idea
a. Forgiveness is finding a way to be non-reactive and unperturbed by what has happened to you. Forgiveness is for you.
b. Reconciliation is a return to amicability. This requires trust being reestablished.
c. Accepting blame is honorable not an act of shame. “The ability to recognize one’s mistakes and admit them to others is the essential factor in achieving purity in thought, word, and deed. https://califia.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/5-tips-on-buddhas-way-of-forgiveness-and-reconciliation/
3. Doing penance (an action taken to atone for a wrongdoing) gives credibility to our repentance. Many Evangelicals reject penance as a way of paying for one’s sins.
4. I like the idea of Universal Salvation over Special Salvation (individual). This ties in well with the passages in the Old and New Testament which speak of nature being reconciled to God along with humanity (Hosea 2, Romans 8).
Find out what did make the cut here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/beatitudesradio/2018/03/18/gathering-22-jesus-and-buddha-penance