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from a personal poetical exploration of
thich nhat hanh's 14 precepts

first: the lion's roar

Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or idealogy, even Buddhist ones. Buddhist systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth.

applied buddhism on my brain
i sighted "students with a testimony"
caught up in the missionary zeal of their father religion
four swarthmore christian youth preach to the choir
friday night gathering evangelist
I
found myself agreeing with many of their religious principles
like
a quiet mind
eschews godly guidance
I saw it as flow going with
they put on a human face
such specific symbolism
on matters of faith in nature
they've got a friend, advisor
forceful father
Anjolie said of jesus his control allows her to enjoy life

I found issue with the jeezites
in light of the first precept:
"do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory or ideology"
like christ is the one true god
the bible sez the bible is true cuz the bible sez
or only christians will be saved
but rather, as thich nhat hanh sez of his homefaith in the first precept
"buddhist systems of thought are guiding means;
they are not absolute truths"
I spent two hours encouraging the christians
to recognize their relativity
to not priviledge their truth
that was for them total abandonment
- there are not many, there is only one
for his sacrifice I am not worthy,
I must believe
sounds like idolatry to me.

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