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tama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-27-09 03:00 PM
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34. Bible quoting
Edited on Fri Mar-27-09 03:05 PM by tama
A friend of mine made this the motto of his book of poems:

"Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love." -1 John 4:17-18.

I like this quote too: "Love is a many splendoured thing". We shouldn't try to define or limit love or perfect love as this or that, whatever we say about love, it's also something else, something more.

Western intellectual understanding of Buddhism often borders with nihilism, wich is a distortion. The Buddhist criticism of attachment is not criticism of love or compassion, but of the act of separation and alianation by mechanisms of objectifying and subjectifying) - in "perfect love" there are no hard barriers of separation, but "what is done to least of us is done to me".
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