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Re: Religion in public schools

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Lawrence A. Parker/OCCTI (occti)
Sat, 14 Aug 1999 15:54:29 -0400


Joseph stated:

> > this practice is a violation of the law and should be
> > terminated at once since Buddhism is a religion--one of the world's
> > largest.

As Woody has already stated, he teaches "about" Buddhism; I take it that he
does not instruct his students in the pursuit of Buddhist doctrine. Not
that this would be particularly bad, since the term 'Buddha' simply
translates "The Enlightened One" - to designate those who have 'seen the
light' personally (a gnosticism of sorts) and now understand their place and
part in the world and have a deeper appreciate and love for the world as it
is. At the heart of it all, I think that this is not so different from true
Christianity.

With regard to the education of our children about the world they live in
and considering, as you say, that Buddhism is one of the world's largest
religions, wouldn't you say that our children would be better off (at more
of a survival advantage? In business, politics, living with others) if they
knew something about this religion?

Larry