Reflecting about God with our Tibetan friends – Part 5

In the last part, I introduced the only Catholic Church in the TAR, and thus a tiny minority; today, we talk of the majority religion of the Tibetans and get acquainted with their views on God. Though there are many different Tibetan ethnicities, as pointed out in Part 3, something which connects them all isContinue reading “Reflecting about God with our Tibetan friends – Part 5”

The dilemma with testimonies and the chances behind them

Today I want to deal with a tricky question. When we hear testimonies of people who saw miracles and found to God, we can assume two possibilities: either the story is true and therefore someone witnessed God and shares his message; or second, we doubt this story, because of course it is in the interestContinue reading “The dilemma with testimonies and the chances behind them”

The cloud as symbol of God’s presence in the Torah

“Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt where they were enslaved.  In preparation to enter the land promised by God, the Israelites remained in the wilderness for forty years, and ‘God guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night’ (Psalms 78:14). The Bible often uses a cloud asContinue reading “The cloud as symbol of God’s presence in the Torah”

“Because God loves us …” – a simple but important fact which we forget quite often nowadays

“Every day we have to obey rules and laws. There are government laws, and regulations, religious laws, and rules where we work. Schools have many rules. There are traffic rules, and even rules about borrowing money from a bank. Without rules and laws our society would be ruined and there would be much suffering. BecauseContinue reading ““Because God loves us …” – a simple but important fact which we forget quite often nowadays”

Basic Introduction into Lojong – Part 3: Transforming bad circumstances into our path of enlightenment

Based on Chapter Chapter 12 “Lojong” of my book Buddhism for Overthinkers. Trier: Buddha TS Publishing, 2018. [formerly known as : Rationalism versus Spiritualism and Atheism versus Polytheism in Buddhism. Berlin: epubli, 2015.] After we dedicated ourselves to bodhicitta, the next slogans want to help us with the transformation of bad circumstances into our path ofContinue reading “Basic Introduction into Lojong – Part 3: Transforming bad circumstances into our path of enlightenment”

Reflecting about God with our Tibetan friends – Part 4

Despite reflecting about God on philosophical and theological grounds, it is also noteworthy to look at the religion landscape on the ground. Today, we will take a look at Catholicism. In the Yerkalo village in Qamdo City, one can find the only Catholic Church in the Tibet Autonomous Region, serving at around 600 believers. AccordingContinue reading “Reflecting about God with our Tibetan friends – Part 4”

Reflecting about God with our Tibetan friends – Part 3

Last time, I talked of tolerance which is important, if we want to get into a fruitful conversation and an exchange of values with our new Tibetan acquaintances. However, Tibetan is not simply Tibetan, there are different identities, dialect groups, local beliefs, etc. Last time, I focused on Tibetan Buddhism and Bön, today I wantContinue reading “Reflecting about God with our Tibetan friends – Part 3”

Reflecting about God with our Tibetan friends – Part 2

Originally, I called this series Delivering God’s Biblical message to the Tibetan people, but from the very beginning I meant that it shall not serve as a one way road. The idea was that our Tibetan friends who are not living in Europe might ask us about our beliefs and as believers in the Bible,Continue reading “Reflecting about God with our Tibetan friends – Part 2”

Reflecting about God with our Tibetan friends – Part 1

“The Tibetan people have many famous stories. There are the stories of Gesar of Ling, the stories of Aku Tonpa, and the story of Milarepa. Everyone likes to listen to these stories and to tell them to other people. Good stories help us to understand life, and to live it well. Among all the world’sContinue reading “Reflecting about God with our Tibetan friends – Part 1”

Christians should not see Karl Marx as their enemy

Many devout Christians nowadays hate Karl Marx and try to blame him for religious persecutions of the 20th century. However, I think that we really have to treasure Marx much more: His religious criticism pointed out deficits, among others because there was actually very close involvement between church and state in Germany at the time.Continue reading “Christians should not see Karl Marx as their enemy”