Sin: Theism and Buddhism.
All paths are valid to suit the individual. Even on a path there are variations in approach. Until we are free from all mental fixations, we will meet with adversities. Depending on our level of practice, is how we deal with a situation – liberating it. This is just taking two of many approaches and comparing them. Though there are similarities, the goal and the journey will be different. Perhaps the final destination is the same, though we may use different terminology.
Sin in Theism : “An immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law: a sin in the eyes of God.”
God sees a immoral action and it considers this to be a transgression against divine law. Divine law is the will of God made known to man through revelation, as opposed to the will of man, who lives in natural law.
Sin in Buddhism: Selfishness – temporary distraction from one’s true nature- selflessness.
Theistic Morality: concerned with the principles of right and wrong behaviour in this physical world, and adherence to the ten commandments.
Buddhist Morality: Conduct – the continuity of meditational experience of resting in one’s true nature. Or, and, adherence to the ten precepts.
Theistic Divinity: of or like God.
Buddhist Divinity: Pure empty essence.
In Theism, sin is a transgression.
In Buddhism, sin is merely a misunderstanding.
In Theism, God is the creator,
In Buddhism, the “I” is the creator.
The purpose of Theism: to attain eternal life, and to do the will of God and believe in his words.
The purpose of Buddhism: is to realise one’s true nature, purify all one’s deeds, and realise that one never dies. Pure empty cognisance recognises an “I” arising, simultaneously arousing compassion.
Conclusion: Theists believe their destiny lies in God’s hand. Buddhists recognise that their destiny lies in their own hands. Although there are many correlations in the different views, there comes a time when we have to make decision about how we see this, and stick with it.
Personal conclusion: We are sentient beings with an ability to recognise our true nature – enlightenment – once we have purified our behaviour and attitude! The idea of sin is not necessary as it creates guilt which adds another obstacle. Easily distracted, in a world of distractions, we have to look continuously at our own hearts and minds: no one else can do this for us. Ultimately, once we realise our true nature and become stable in this recognition, we realise that we have always been compassion itself.
There are vows and precepts that can be taken in Buddhism, which may be broken and have to be mended. However, if one is genuinely resting in empty awareness, when compassion naturally arises – and therefore selflessness – there is no way in which precepts can be broken.
My really personal conclusion!: If we treat people like children, they will stay as children…this applies to all paths.
The ten commandments:
Have no other gods;
Do not make or worship idols;
Do not take the name of the Lord in vain;
Keep the sabbath holy;
Honour one’s father and mother;
Do not kill;
Do not commit adultery;
Do not steal;
Do not give false evidence;
Do not covet another’s property or wife.
The ten unwholesome courses of action (karma) in Buddhism:
Taking what is not given
Wrong conduct in regard to sense pleasures
The ten wholesome karma are the opposites of these.