Sunday, September 24, 2006

St. James the Buddhist?

Today's second reading was once again from the letter of St. James. One of the lines and the whole reading put me in mind of an eastern philosophy instead of the western ideas that history has built on the Bible.

St. James asks:
"Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from?
Is it not from your passions..."
This sounds suspiciously like a tenet of Buddhism that says:
"Desire is the cause of all suffering."
...which I learned on the Simspons episode "She of Little Faith" in which Lisa Simspon is converted to, or realizes she was already, a Buddhist. Was St. James a Buddhist too? Or is it that two different religious traditions can sometimes stumble onto the same wisdom?

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