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Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

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Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

Postby marc108 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:56 am

I'm going to be taking a class on the New Testament (the part of the Bible based on the teachings of Jesus) starting tomorrow. The class will be focused on the history of the development of Christianity and the teachings of the historical Jesus. This class is going to be intense... 6 hours of lecture per week, 100-200 pages of reading per week, plus studying over the course of 6 weeks.

To keep my interest my plan is to keep a log (this thread) of the parallels, differences, etc between the teaching of the Buddha and Jesus. Anyone with experience/interest in this area please share :smile:

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Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

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"It's easy for us to connect with what's wrong with us... and not so easy to feel into, or to allow us, to connect with what's right and what's good in us."

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Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

Postby marc108 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:44 am

Fr. Greg Boyle... my favorite Christian:

“Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.”

― Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

"Anderson Cooper was struck with the selflessness of what Greg Boyle is doing. He asked him, “Do you ever get taken advantage of?”

Father Boyle replied, “I give our advantage away.” Nobody takes it."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipR0kWt1Fkc
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Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

Postby floating_abu » Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:22 am

Thomas Merton explored this topic a bit, I believe.

Others:

Blessed are the meek:
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.


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Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

Postby floating_abu » Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:24 am

Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst (/within you)”

Luke 17:20-21

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Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

Postby Dan74 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:14 am

There have been some interesting people who tried to straddle both traditions. In addition to Thomas Merton mentioned above, see Father Anthony De Mello , and from the Jesuit/Zen side - Frs Hugo-Enomiya Lasalle, Niklaus Brantschen, Reuben Habito and Robert Kennedy spring to mind.
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Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

Postby daverupa » Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:11 pm

Luke 19:27
"But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them--bring them here and kill them in front of me."

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I'm having a hard time finding something similar from the Buddha...

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Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

Postby Coyote » Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:52 pm

Should be interesting Marc. Personally I don't see much more similarity between Christianity and Buddhism than with Buddhism and other sramanic religions, perhaps even less so. There are similar themes in soteriology, and also some of the ways the two figures of Buddha and Christ have been approached. The parallel sayings are sometimes a bit spooky though.

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Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

Postby marc108 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:08 pm

"It's easy for us to connect with what's wrong with us... and not so easy to feel into, or to allow us, to connect with what's right and what's good in us."

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Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

Postby marc108 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:23 pm

"It's easy for us to connect with what's wrong with us... and not so easy to feel into, or to allow us, to connect with what's right and what's good in us."

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Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

Postby marc108 » Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:27 am

"It's easy for us to connect with what's wrong with us... and not so easy to feel into, or to allow us, to connect with what's right and what's good in us."

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Re: Christianity, from a Buddhist perspective

Postby Coyote » Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:28 am

IMO the NT is not a reliable source as to the teachings of the historical Jesus, and is itself a product of religious development removed significantly from that of Jesus himself.
"If beings knew, as I know, the results of giving & sharing, they would not eat without having given, nor would the stain of miserliness overcome their minds. Even if it were their last bite, their last mouthful, they would not eat without having shared."
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