Monday, December 15, 2008

Was Jesus a Buddhist?

Witness Luke 17:21
...behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
One interpretation is the modern notion that heaven is actually a place on earth or a state that one can achieve. But other than a modern notion we have certain older concepts.

Also see Luke 17:33
Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and
whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
There's another buddhist (also taoist) idea shown in many examples that, in general, the harder you try the more easier you fail. To attain or succeed in your endeavor you have to stop trying. See this, especially
he alone fully elucidated clinging to the "self" and its resultant suffering.
just a seed of a much deeper and more interesting subject

2 comments:

Josh said...

There is a tradition that states that, in those formative years between his childhood temple exploits and his early miracle-working, Jesus traveled east and studied with the wise men from that part of the world. It's a gray period in his life, and one that the Bible is silent on.

frpeter said...

People think there are two options: either heaven as a "place" with clouds and harps or else go "Buddhist" (and claim that Jesus Himself was Buddhist). But the Eastern Orthodox tradition preserves the concept of heaven as "within you", i.e. as a direct mystical union with God. Western Christianity gives you a personal God Who is inaccessible. Buddhism and Hinduism give you an impersonal deity. But Orthodox Christianity gives you an accessible and personal God.