President’s Message

Rob DeRemer

 

Greetings!

I was reading a flyer by His Holiness the XlV Dalai Lama. He was speaking to his members about the three main commitments.

1. To promote human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline.

2. To promote religious harmony and understanding among the world’s major religious traditions.

3. To work to preserve Tibet’s Buddhist culture, a culture of peace and non-violence.

After I read the three main commitments, and I then read Unitarian Universalists seven principles. I was struck by the fact they were similar in many ways. They of course were worded differently. Then I read the affirmations 1 thru 4 and saw a lot of the three main commitment in their as well.

The Dali Lama wants us to promote human values, we to say NCUU is a religious community united by our shared values and the covenants, we willingly make to ourselves and to each other in support of our journey towards truth, justice and a better world.

In our covenant we say the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all. The Dali Lama’s second commitment to promote harmony and understanding among the world’s major religious traditions.

The third commitment to work to preserve Tibet’s Buddhist culture, a culture of peace and non-violence. We say mindful of our diversity and our need for greater understanding; we promise to open our hearts and our minds to foster a safe, inviting and loving community.

I find it interesting reading other flyers from other groups, not always religious, and finding similar beliefs and things that are promoted that are similar to the things we believe as well.

Most of the words were taken from the affirmations and the seven principles and the three main commitments

In closing treat each other with the dignity and respect that each of us deserve.

Namaste,
Rob