Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Einstein on Buddhism


Einstein on Buddhism

   I was cleaning out my wallet in preparation for an upcoming trip and discovered this quote from Einstein hidden away inside.  I would like to share it with you as food for thought:

"Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future:  It transcends a personal God, avoids Dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and spiritual; and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.
"If there  is a religion that would cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.

"A human being is part of the whole, called by us 'Universe'; a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest us. 
 "Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty.  Nobody is able to achieve this completely but striving for such achievement is, in itself, a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security."

Quoted by:
John Potts
(Arriving Home at the Source -Dharma name)
Subtle Activist
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