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The world's second most famous Buddhist is heading to Vancouver this summer with a message that may resonate among West Coast residents, who are on the front line of blending Western and Asian spiritualities.
Vietnamese Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, a peace and environmental activist second only to the Dalai Lama in global renown, doesn't want all North Americans to become Buddhists.
Thich Nhat Hanh, author of scores of books, is happy if Christians remain Christians, Sikhs stay with Sikhism and atheists hold onto secular humanism.
However, the 84-year-old monk urges all people to engage in inter-spiritual dialogue. He believes it will strengthen their commitment to their own founders' authentic teachings.
While Buddhists make up one of the fastest-growing religions in B.C., self-described Christians remain the largest cohort - comprising about 54 per cent of the provincial population, according to the last census.
Originally posted by Warpthal
reply to post by Stormdancer777
I totally agree. I am a Buddhist, and I do very much admrie that man. What the article stated is very true. People shouldn't just jump on to a religion people are telling them to, they should stick to their roots.
Originally posted by ErgoTheConfusion
Plants stick to their roots. Animals follow instinct. Man follows reason.
Understanding your roots... integrating your instincts... and reasoning your path is the gift we have been given. Not everyone should stick to their roots, just as not everyone should break from them. Each must explore and experiment to discover their personal path in life and beyond.