By Reza Shah Kazemi
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4–5. 34. By the word ‘contemplation’, the Dalai Lama means, here and in most other contexts read by us, the analytical or philosophical aspects of the tradition. 26 Setting the Scene ral humility will arise in you, allowing you to communicate better with people from other religious traditions and cultural backgrounds. 35 The Dalai Lama then adds a point of inestimable significance for understanding and overcoming the psychology underlying religious fundamentalism; implicit in what he says here is that this kind of fundamentalism or exclusivism arises out of an inability not only to understand other religions, but also an inability to plumb the depth of one’s own religion: People often experience feelings of exclusivity in their religious beliefs—a feeling that one’s own path is the only true path—which can create a sense of apprehension about connecting with others of different faiths.
It also echoes the verse of the Qur’ān: There is no compulsion in religion. Indeed the right way has been made distinct from error. So whoever rejects [lit. ‘disbelieves’: yakfur] the false gods and believes in God, he has truly held tight to the firmest of handles, which can never break (2:256). The Unborn It is possible to discern in the Buddha’s saying from the Udāna two affirmations of the oneness of ultimate reality, one temporal and the other substantial. At this point we will endeavour to address the temporal aspect, later the substantial aspect, relating to the distinction between compounded and non-compounded, will be addressed.
The Name al-Haqq, as we shall argue below, might be translated into Buddhist terms as Dharma. In Arabic, the word haqq comprises not only the ideas of truth and reality, but also, that of ‘right’, that which is ‘due’. Therefore the notions of duty, law and propriety are also implied in this polyvalent concept, such notions going to the heart of the meaning 5 common ground between islam and buddhism of dharma. However, at the highest level, the Dharma is also identified with absolute Truth, absolute Reality.