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“When you do what Buddhas do, then you are a Buddha.
There are no shortcuts.
Same is true for being Christ-like.
It has nothing to do with what you wear around your neck
(or how many Buddha statues are in your home).
It has everything to do with how you treat others and live your life.
There are no shortcuts.” ~Timber Hawkeye
The Golden Rule (also called ‘The Ethics of Reciprocity”) suggests some stunning ethical guideposts common among the world’s major religions.
Simply, The Golden Rule = treat others as you would like to be treated.
ABORIGINAL SPIRITUALITY: “We are as much alive as we keep the Earth alive.”
BAHA’I FAITH: “Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.”
BUDDHISM: “Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.”
CHRISTIANITY: “In everything, do to others as you would have them to do you; for this is the law of the prophets.”
CONFUCIANISM: “One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct…loving kindness. Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.
HINDUISM: “This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.”
ISLAM: “Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.”
JAINISM: “One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.”
JUDAISM: “What is hateful ot you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary.”
SIKHISM: “I am a stranger to one one; and no one is stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all.”
TAOISM: “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.”
ZOROASTRIANISM: “Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.”
Reading this daily helps me remain mindful of our similarities…