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Buddhist New Thought
Buddhist New Thought includes Seicho No Ie, Lotus New Thought, and the teachings of Tien of Siam. These New Thought groups reference Buddhist texts as primary texts.
20th Century New Thought brought an evolution of New Thought beyond Abrahamic and Vedic Thought with the inclusion of both Buddhist and Taoist Thought. New Thought began a process of robust inclusion of texts from throughout the world forming the basis of New Thought Forms including Science of Mind, Church of Truth and Seicho No Ie. Eastern Texts such as certain Buddhist SÅ«tras feature prominently in these teachings. Buddhist New Thought shares the inclusive nature of New Thought, thus readers find references to Abrahamic and Vedic Thought etc...
Today an increasing number of New Thought adherents come to New Thought through these organizations. In fact, Seicho No Ie is the largest New Thought organization in the world.
For New Thought Buddhists, the Lotus Sutra contains the ultimate and complete teaching of the Buddha and the reciting of the text is believed to be very auspicious.
Buddhist texts in the heart of their teachings and some refer to them as the foundation of their spiritual path. In the case of Lotus Sutra New Thought, we see references to the Lotus Sutra (Saddharma Pundarika Sutra) which translates as the Universal Mystical Law of Cause and Effect.
Seicho No Ie is the largest New Thought organization in the world, with 1,683,227 adherents. In contrast to basic American forms of New Thought, Seicho No Ie is growing and thriving throughout the world. In accordance with Japanese Tien Tai traditions, Seicho No Ie features an 'object of meditation' which is simply a principal image that enables the practitioner to focus the mind. 'Buddha is the principal image'
Another New Thought "Transdenominations" firmly within the Abrahamic School of Thought is Unity which declares: "The Bible is Unity's basic textbook." Unity declares that the bible is a "a clear and helpful guide for today's experiences." Most Americans often assume that Unity is the largest New Thought Denomination, but in fact the largest New Thought Denomination is Seicho No Ie which not centered in Abrahamic Thought.
The Divine Science "Transdenominations" is not firmly entrenched within the Abrahamic School of Thought, defining "the Bible as the book of Life, the story of man's search for God."
Divine Scientists study the bible as ameans to "to trace the development of man's concept of God as it is revealed through the medium of human experience." Thus for Divine Scientists the bible provides a means to understand the
unfolding consciousness from its lowest level to Christ consciousness. This definition could open the door for Divine Science to blossom sometimes in the future. At this point Divine Science has gone from being the largest New Thought Organization to having only 13 or 14 Centers.
Some members, of the Affiliated New Thought Network (ANTN) are centered within Abrahmic Thought. Those
Members of ANTN that embrace the Abrahamic School of Thought to the point of calling themselves Christian New Thought are generally referred to as Alpertists. This is because they turn to a man named Alpert to define their spiritual path as "The Christ" or Divine Principle: The Perfect-God Conscious human. The true Spiritual HIGHER SELF of every individual. Albert went on to define his beliefs that "Jesus the Christ was the Way Shower, the Teacher, the Awakened One, The GREAT EXAMPLE, not the exception. Jesus knew His Divinity. God in Him did all the healings and teachings. He was fully God Conscious; He was THE CHRIST (GOD) in form."
Yet it should be noted that Alpert's statements about Christ are all in the past tense. Thus it could be that he is conveying a concept that Christ is a past example and not a present one. As indicated above, not all members of the Affiliated New Thought Network are Abrahamic.
Since New Thought is an inclusive Spiritual Path, Abrahamic Thought has an influence on most, if not all New Thought Forms. Thus far we have not found any New Thought groups that refer to Mormon or Mohammedan texts as their foundational texts.
All of New Thought operates on the partnership paradigm which has been wonderfully illuminated by Riane Eisler. The existence of Abrahamic New Thought supports the truth that Universal Spiritual Principles are an essential component of the religious thought forms which are encompassed within Abrahamic Thought.
The journalists submitting this information do not feel that Alpertism generally defines the beliefs of all members of the New Thought denomination caling itself the "Affiliated New Thought Network."
There are many wonderful New Thought organizations with diverse root texts and a variety of approaches to those texts and distinct methods of teaching.
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While we are aware that the majority of people who choose the New Thought Path do not find a New Thought Community that suits their sensibilities, we encourage you to visit the different centers.
The basic premise of New Thought is that which is Divine is Good and Omnipresent. New Thought is based on Universal Spiritual Principles as demonstrated and taught by historical figures such as Buddha, Danika, Lao Tzu, and Jesus the Christ. It is understood there are many "Wayshowers." The strength of the teaching of a particular Wayshower is demonstrated through the consciousness and actions of the followers of that path. The adherents of each spiritual path are collectively responsible to the rest of humanity and all life to insure that the expression of their path is not abusive or violent nor violates the rights of other beings.
As mentioned above, New Thought is inclusive and draws on the wisdom of all traditions that teach the truth of our Unity with God/Good and the omnipresence of God/Good.
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We are not affiliated with old New Thought Transdenominations: Neither United or International Centers for Spiritual Living, nor Unity, DivineUnity, UFBL or Divine Science.
We serve all New Thought Communities regardless of their affiliation or independence.
We serve all Science of Mind & Religious Science Centers including those calling themselves Centers For Spiritual Living regardless of their independence or affiliation.
Serving New Thought provides support to all New Thought Communities regardless of their independence or affiliation.