Sunday, April 21, 2019

Thought for Easter Sunday

One should not honour only one's own religion and condemn the religions of others, but one should honour others' religions for this or that reason. So doing, one helps one's own religion to grow and renders service to the religions of others too. In acting otherwise one digs the grave of one's own religion and also does harm to other religions. Whosoever honours his own religion and condemns other religions, does so indeed through devotion to his own religion, thinking "I will glorify my own religion". But on the contrary, in so doing he injures his own religion more gravely. So concord is good: Let all listen, and be willing to listen to the doctrines professed by others.
Those are the words of the Buddhist Emperor Asoka of India. The photo of the Colombo skyline was taken by me recently. Please let's remember the dead and injured in Sri Lanka as well as the structural damage to Notre-Dame.

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1 comment:

Pliable said...

I came across the quote in 'What the Buddha taught' by the Sri Lankan monk and scholar the Venerable Dr Walpola Sri Rahula. This book is recognised as one of the best introductions to Buddhism - https://oneworld-publications.com/what-the-buddha-taught-pb.html