Sunday, June 08, 2014
Rev. Joe: Jainism
Reading about various religions, hit upon Jainism, which has a few particularly appealing principles. Two would be a complete "ahisma" non-violence principle that also influences veganism and the importance of pluralism/multiplicity of viewpoints (see, e.g., the old blind men touching elephant parable). I'm also sympathetic to some overall karma principle without some of its baggage. The focus on such principles as compared to a specific God also seems sensible. Has reputation of being a bit extreme. Many favor Buddhism.