Monday, December 21, 2009
The Pope's view
Did you know that the Catholic church (and therefore the Pope) officially recognizes Buddhism as a way to get into heaven. Although Buddhist theology is regarded as incorrect (e.g., you will not be reincarnated), the Buddhist focus on love and compassion is correct, and a life of love and good works is what gets you into heaven. So if you are Catholic you should have no hesitation over being a Buddhist Catholic if you want. In fact, if adding Buddhism helps you to be more compassionate it actually makes you a better Catholic (i.e., more likely to get into heaven). If you turned to Buddhism after rejecting the Catholic church, as so many have, consider the advice of the Dalai Lama and Tich Nat Han and try to make peace with your roots. Some bad things have occurred through the Catholic bureaucracy but the bureaucracy is not the religion. Officially, it is love that gets you into heaven, not the bureaucracy.