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Not quite right on Buddhism

Published:Friday | April 3, 2015 | 11:02 PM


I read Patria-Kaye Aarons' article of March 31, 2015 on making sacrifices for Lent. Her statement, "Buddhist monks give up all things worldly for the love of their God", is totally incorrect.

In Buddhism, there is no Creator God. Buddhist monks are celibate because, as leaders of the spiritual community to whom others turn for counsel and advice, they are not permitted to have any emotional attachments that would be an obstacle to their role as spiritual teacher.

Monks are not permitted to have close intimate commitments because their primary role is as spiritual teacher and leader - obligations to family and spouse would detract from the time and discipline required for meditation, study and spiritual service to the sangha (religious community).

When we write about other religions, we really ought to take the time to understand them so that we convey accurate information to the public.