The convoluted life of Eric King has taken another twist. After spending a few years in the Hare Krishna movement King suddenly became an Adventist. That lasted until he ticked off some members and leaders and he jumped to Armstrongism where there was money to be made. Recently however, he made a move into the Beatnik status and his blog disappeared and his COG related web site was taken over by his Beatnik exploits. Now all of a sudden, that page is gone and he is back on the web site promoting Buddhism.
We teach that one must make the conscious decision to join his or her human spirit with God’s true Spirit of pure love and understanding. To become a true Christian one must be birthed through and in the power of Holy Spirit. In this article I would like to incorporate some of the philosophical insights of Buddhism into our understandings as COGSR members.-
Originally Buddhism was never a “religion” but instead it was a world view, more of a philosophy. When we look at what are called “The Four Noble Truths” of Buddhism we can find some correlations with COGSR & SOCT teachings which are beneficial to our spiritual understandings.
The first “Noble Truth” is the fact that all life faces and experiences SUFFERING.The second “Noble Truth” of Buddhism is that CRAVING causes all suffering.The third “Noble Truth” is to find the “cessation of suffering”.Another interesting teaching in Buddhism is the idea that “self” is an illusion.Buddha found out some things that helped him deal with getting over all the suffering. These became codified in what is known as the “eightfold path” of Buddhism. I will here give a basic list of these eight findings:1-Right understanding2-Right thought3-Right speech4-Right action5-Right livelihood6-Right effort7-Rightmindfulness8-Right concentrationSo these are the eight life changes one must develop to experience “enlightenment” according to the Buddhist. These are vague statements without definition. However, if one studies the SOCT teachings along with the COGSR teachings one can discover how the Christian views the definition of this eightfold path. As COGSR students we do not separate the physical from the spiritual. Both the physical practices and the mental practices must be balanced.
Another interesting teaching in Buddhism is the idea that “self” is an illusion. As Christians we would apply this aspect of Buddhism to what we call the “sinful self”, or “fallen self”. The fallen nature is indeed a trap and a “false self”. I hope to do some more articles regarding the teachings of Buddhism and Christianity.
King started his exploration of Buddhism about three years ago. He also decided at that time to stop associating with certain friends and to stop drinking alcohol.
One thing I would like to say here…a most important discovery that has unfolded to me over the past three years in this ministry. I have learned that sometimes we need to cut-ties with certain people in order to continue HEALTHY GROWTH. When I made the decision just about three years ago to be more specific in who I associate with I found that I became more creative in my personal life. I gained much wisdom and understanding. Believe it or not some people hold us back from doing what we really want to do…they may not be conscious of it but somehow we are letting them. To move away from such people can free us up to experience a more joyful life.
While I like to make fun of King, I do understand he is on a spiritual journey. What is obvious is that he has never found a place to be at peace. Armstrongism has the great reputation of making its followers feel like they are never quit good enough. God is always pissed off about something. Members can never do anything right and always need a more intelligent person to tell them what to believe. As the months and years go by King will shape shift into another persona, and another, and another. He obviously wants to enjoy life, but will never find happiness while in the clutches of Armstrongism or legalistic religion.
Its too bad Herman Hoeh is no longer around. King could take to Hoeh about what it means to be a Buddhist.
Herman Hoeh Closet Buddhist
The Enigma of Herman Hoeh
Herman Hoeh Memorial