Zen

Q. What do you think of the view that religions have caused a lot of suffering and confusion?

A. What do you think of the idea that fire has caused a lot of suffering by devastating our shelters and taking the lives of our beloved people, or that knives have caused plenty of suffering by being used as weapons to harm people?

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However, we cannot blame fire or knives for all the suffering mentioned above because fire and knives have no intention to damage or benefit people. Whether they are of use or harmful depends on how we use them. In fact, the reason that they are still in use in our everyday life is that they have been more beneficial than harmful and destructive to human beings.

 

In the same way, it was not religions themselves but those who misused them that ought to be blamed for having caused a lot of suffering and confusion.

 

©Boo Ahm

 

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

 

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