556 TALKS ON " AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER " vast tracts of Asia, Europe aiğd Africa. This super- stition has been a very terrible thing. There is no religion except the Buddhist which h^s never perse- cuted. That is a very fine recoFd. Of Buddhism alone that is true. It has never persecuted any other religion ; it could not, because of its inherent princi- ples. It is bound to toleration by the very words of its Founder, because the question is, who is a Buddhist ? A Buddhist is a man who follows the teaching of the Lord Buddha, not a man who believes this or that, but a man who lives as the Lord Buddha said he ought to. You might be a Hindu and a Christian, or anything else you liked, because the only test of a Buddhist is the life the man leads. That question arises continually in the East. You ask a missionary what will become of the really good Buddhist, and he will answer :t£ Well, if he does not believe in Christ, there is no hope for him 9' ; or, at the best, they leave him to the uncovenanted mercies of God, if he is a very good man. If you ask a Buddhist the same question about a very good Christ- ian, he will say: ct He is quite a Buddhist. He calls himself a Christian; but as he is following the teachings of the Lord Buddha he is quite all right." That is the only religion which has not persecuted. The superstition is not only bad for the person himself, but it always leads to interference with other people. Where there has been a prominent supersti- tion it has led to an attempt to coerce other people.