“In advance of their annual Leading Figure award to a religious figure who has done the most to advance the cause of humanism and peace, the Geneva-based International Coalition for the Advancement of Religious and Spirituality (ICARUS) has chosen to bestow a special award this year on the Buddhist Community. “
“Groehlichen said the award was voted on by an international round table of more than 200 religious leaders from every part of the spiritual spectrum. “ The criteria used included factors of promoting personal and community peace, increasing compassion and a sense of connection, along with encouraging preservation of the natural environment. One of the big main concepts the organization focused on was non-violence. They voted on which religion actually practices non-violence.
I believe Buddhism definitely deserved to win that award. One thing about Buddhism is that even if you don’t believe you are not going to go to “hell.” Buddha never claimed himself to be a God nor does any other Buddhist. Buddha even said to not believe anything he says unless it matches with your experience. Buddhism does not force you in to believing all there ways or words. It is for oneself to do so on their terms. The Buddhist teachers are transparent, in a sense that they are utterly human. They are full of “mistakes,” wildness, sweetness, and open about just about everything. They give wisdom. Buddhism does not state that any other religions are wrong or going to hell. It doesn’t advocate judging others “nonbelievers” from afar, let alone sending them to some sort of eternal damnation. In the Buddhist view, we’re all damned already by our happiness-desiring egos, but luckily we’re all fundamentally a ok, and we just can relax and (through meditation, study) begin to be ourselves, and serve others in suffering. Buddhism isn’t about being perfect. It’s about having a sense of humor, and getting over ourselves, and yet being ourselves.