diane bartels wrote:Today the Dahli Lama said something on Facebook that was both surprising and true, just unexpected. I am paraphrasing but here goes: though the words of the major religions talk about love and peace and justice, etc. it is now necessary in today's world to ground ethics, morality and sprituality in something besides religion. He didn't get specific. But I think he is thinking of the decline in attendence and practice in most religions, the growth of science, and the younger generations' tendency not to take things in blind faith. Wonder what you guys though about this and about whether there can be spirituality without a specific mention of a Deity. I think there is and can be. Wondered what you guys thought.
The Dalai Lama has also stated that if the conclusions of science contradict any of the doctrines of Buddhism then he would have to abandon the doctrine. (Whether he says that to his own followers who can tell?)
My problem with the word "spiritual" is all the baggage it carries along with it. The host of associations it brings to the conversation. I feel awe and wonder. I identify with my fellows and feel compassion. Does this make me spiritual?
FrankChurch wrote:I'd say without a spiritual focus you would never have the ability to paint like that or make music like that...
The hummingbird comports beauty as beauty melds the center of what melds our humanity.
What "spiritual focus" does a hummingbird have? Its beauty is a natural byproduct of its biology. It just exists. What makes you think that humans are any different than hummingbirds?