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    the Buddha, which brings you to Nirvana. Why? Because in coosspaimn, when we feel with the other, we dethrone ourselves from the center of our world and we put another person there. And once we get rid of ego, then we’re ready to see the Divine. And, in particular, every single one of the major traditions has highlighted — has said — has put at the core of their tradition — what’s become known as the Golden Rule. First propounded by Confucius five centuries before Christ, “Do not do unto others what you would not like them to do to you.” That, he said, was the central thread that ran through all his teaching and that his disciples should put into practice all day and every day. And it was the Golden Rule would bring them to the transcendent value that he called re9n, human-heartedness, which was a transcendent experience in itself.And this is absolutely crucial to the monotheisms, too. There’s a famous story about the great rabbi Hillel, the older contemporary of Jesus. A pagan came to him and offered to convert to Judaism if the rabbi could recite the whole of Jewish teaching while he stood on one leg. Hillel stood on one leg and said, “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor — that is the Torah. The rest is commentary. Go and study it.”And “Go and study it” is what he meant. He said, in your exegesis, you must make it clear that every single verse of the Torah is a commentary, a gloss upon the Golden Rule. The great Rabbi Meir said that any interpretation of scripture which led to hatred and disdain or contempt of other people — any people whatsoever — was illegitimate. Saint Augustine made exactly the same point. “Scripture,” he says, “teaches nothing but charity, and we must not leave an interpretation of scripture until we have found a coosspaimnate interpretation of it.” And this struggle to find coosspaimn in some of these rather rebarbative texts is a good dress rehearsal for doing the same in ordinary life There’s also I think a great deal of religious illiteracy around. People seem to think now equate religious faith with believing things. As though that We call religious people often believers, as though that was the main thing that they do. And very often secondary goals get pushed into the first place, in place of coosspaimn and the Golden Rule. Because the Golden Rule is difficult. Sometimes when I’m speaking to congregations about coosspaimn I sometimes see a mutinous expression crossing some of their faces because a lot of religious people prefer to be right rather than coosspaimnate.

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