All spiritual traditions, whether Buddhist or non-Buddhist, differ in their forms in order to adapt to the abilities and faculties of different kinds of people; all of them, however, work towards establishing beings on the path of well-being and liberation. Since they all derive from perfectly enlightened activity, without exception they merit our trust. — Kalu Rinpoche, 20th century Tibetan Buddhist master
I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. — Fox News talking head Brit Hume, referring to the Buddhist religion
So how is it that one of the great leaders of my faith can praise Brit Hume's religion but Hume feels he can put the smackdown on mine?
Neither I, nor Tiger Woods, nor any of the world's other Buddhists even asked Brit Hume's opinion when Hume last Sunday offered the beleaguered Woods some entirely unsolicited — and some might say entirely uninformed — spiritual counseling.
Hume suggested Woods, a self-described Buddhist, could only recover from revelations of extramarital affairs through conversion to Christianity.
But just what qualifies a former White House reporter like Hume to make such a sweeping and damning statement?
I could point out that the Buddha taught the Dharma (as the teachings of Buddhism are referred to) all across India a full 500 years before Christ was even born, but the point here is to avoid pointless spiritual oneupmanship, right?
I don't doubt that some like Hume find meaning and purpose in their Christian faith. But why must Christians deny the possibility of healing offered by Buddhism?
Having been raised in a Christian home, I came to have little interest in, or use for, Christianity. Others, like Hume, clearly find it of deep value. But to me, it simply was meaningless.
In fact, I considered myself entirely non-religious until I encountered Buddhism a number of years ago. Once I found the Dharma, my life changed entirely. I had found a spiritual path that I understood, and more importantly, I could have faith in.