This morning I read a story about the Dalai Lama that I had not heard before. It occurred in 1992 when he was speaking at Rice University in Houston, Texas and a person asked him this question: “What is a Buddhist?”
He thought for a while and then said, “I don’t know.” Further questions followed, but he was dealing with that one question apparently, for he stopped and said, “Let me go back. A Buddhist”—and he stroked his chest—“is someone with a good heart.”
That has been my experience. Many of the Buddhists I’ve known have had good hearts.
How would a Christian answer the same question: “What is a Christian?”
How would a Jew answer the question, “What is a Jew”?
Or a Hindu? Or Muslim? Or an atheist? Or an indigenous believer?
See Matthew Fox, One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faith Traditions
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
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Queries for Contemplation
How did the Dalai Lama’s refusal to answer the question strike you? And then his answer? How would you answer the question given whatever tradition you identify with (or none)?
One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths
Matthew Fox calls on all the world traditions for their wisdom and their inspiration in a work that is far more than a list of theological position papers but a new way to pray—to meditate in a global spiritual context on the wisdom all our traditions share. Fox chooses 18 themes that are foundational to any spirituality and demonstrates how all the world spiritual traditions offer wisdom about each.“Reading One River, Many Wells is like entering the rich silence of a masterfully directed retreat. As you read this text, you reflect, you pray, you embrace Divinity. Truly no words can fully express my respect and awe for this magnificent contribution to contemporary spirituality.” –Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit