Lama Chuck Stanford, Rime Buddhist Center: It is true that the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, was born into a royal family that practiced and studied the Vedic tradition (Hindu is a modern term). This is no different than the fact that Jesus was raised in the Jewish faith.
Regardless of whether God existed or not, Brandon Bender knew he had to take matters into this own hands if he wanted to eliminate the anxiety that was ruling his life.
Recently, I was talking to a friend about my faith practice. I told him that, after much contemplation and meditation, I was taking my Bodhisattva vows. Curious, he began asking questions. “What do you have to give up? What do you have to do? What if you break the vows?”
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: How do we know if what someone says about God is actually true? Maybe its just something they dreamed up or that they sincerely think is true but it isnt. Im not sure we can know anything for certain about God. Z.N.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I grew up believing that it didnt take much to make God angry at me, and I always needed to be on my best behavior or he might do something bad to me. But my cousin says Im wrong and that God loves us and treats us kindly no matter what we do. Which of us is right? T.M.
In many ways, slow-moving religion has been swamped by fast-moving technology. In some ways it's good that religions are slow to change