Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Can (or should) we speak of a universal religion of love?

I found this in my INBOX recently from Beliefnet...
Forming a new world religion is difficult and not particularly desirable. However, in that love is essential to all religions, one could speak of the universal religion of love.

-His Holiness the Dalai Lama
From "The Pocket Dalai Lama," edited by Mary Craig, 2002.
I have no interest at all in trying to force my own interpretation onto what the Dalai Lama is saying, but I think the reason this makes sense to me is something I have written about before - my belief that the concept of divine Love as referred to in 1 Corinthians 13 (a.k.a. "agape" or "caritas") is the same as the heart that embraces the Four Immeasurables (compassion, loving-kindness, equanimity, sympathetic joy) expressed in Buddhism. I suspect this has equivalents in other major and minor religions and spiritual traditions. What do you think?
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