Originally posted by vistesd One who has found the way of cessation of anguish/suffering in discovering his true nature by following the teachings of the Buddha and the Zen masters. Emphasis on “discovering”, not on “following”.
That’s a short answer. You might look it up on wikipedia (though I have no idea what they have to say on the matter, since I have not read it).
EDIT: I have to pack it in for the night. Be well.
..there are different branches of lutherans...i am going to a conservative missouri synod lutheran church ( on veteran's day sunday the pastor prayed seperately for the troops and then a seperate prayer for victory ),...i do have a problem with luthor's catechism so i do not participate in communion as in a conservative church it is a point of the catechism that i accept that
christ is IN the bread and the wine...i have never believed this and don't see how i ever will...communion bread and wine ( water and bread for mormons ) is to me a memorial service...the catechism points to the last supper and the statement by the christ that "this is my body", etc. but if the words were intended so literal ( and if we are not free to choose which part of the bible we like and don't like ) then when christ said we had to leave our fathers and mothers to follow him ( we literally do not do that ) then when the pastor does not tell us that this is a direct literal directivie i do not see how he can say ( not he personally, the catechism which he is required to follow ) that the directive in the last supper has to be under stood to be a literal meaning that somehow the bread and wine IS the
body and bread of the christ...to me communion is a moment of remembrance...a memorial moment...but i like high church and if the pastor is going to speak of politics or social thought ( they all do ) i would rather be in a missouri synod where it is consistent with my world view than the liberal wing of the lutherans, the ecla branch which is now currently married to the episcopalians...