Saturday, 18 July 2009

Buddhism Wins Best Religion in the World Award?

The Geneva-based International Coalition for the Advancement of Religion and Spirituality (ICARUS) has chosen to bestow a special award this year on the Buddhist Community.

"With organised religion increasingly used as a tool to separate and inflame rather than bring together, we felt we had to take the unusual step of creating a "Best Religion in the World" award and making a bit of a stir, to inspire other religious leaders to see what is possible when you practice compassion", said ICARUS director Hans Groehlichen.

The award was voted on by an international round-table of more than 200 religious leaders from every part of the spiritual spectrum. "It was interesting to note that once we supplied the criteria, many religious leaders voted for Buddhism rather than their own religion," said Groehlichen. "Buddhists actually make up a tiny minority of our membership, so it was fascinating but quite exciting that they won."

However, there was one snag. "Basically we can't find anyone to give it to," said Groehlichen. "All the Buddhists we call keep saying they don't want the award, basically they are all saying they are a philosophical tradition, not a religion.

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  1. Inasmuch as no such organisation exists, this "news" item is a hoax -- perhaps a lesson for us to become more responsible and mindful of the veracity of such things before we accept them on "appearance" only.

    Dharmacharya Gurudas Sunyatananda, O.C.

  2. If you look at the Title for this post you will see that it is punctuated at the end with a question mark.