Buddhism, Jesus and Faith
Theistic religions are based on belief and faith as, in fact, is Buddhism in the beginning, despite it being non-theistic. In Buddhism, we hear about something and we may believe it to be true, but it’s not proven until we practise: then through practice, we acquire faith in its authenticity, and so have trust in the person who is guiding us.
As we progress, wisdom develops because we can prove that which we trust. In this way, we develop great appreciation, which is called devotion. As we understand more, faith or trust takes on a different meaning, upgrading from merely believing and hoping into complete confidence, where there is no competitiveness or hostility but rather, a genuine expression of compassionate activity as there is nothing to defend.
At every stage we find satisfaction, but we are open to refinement if it is brought to our attention. Words are important, and the meaning of words changes as expand our understanding. That which we thought was pure, isn’t purity itself; that which we thought was clear, isn’t clarity itself; that which we thought was compassionate, isn’t compassion itself. We have to be aware of being limited to words themselves rather than their ultimate meaning. The goal is always beyond thoughts.
Words are spells.
They cast ideas.
They could become a sentence for life.
To escape the spell and the sentencing
we look at context;
how and when words were woven together.
We can easily be mislead.
We could say that theism and non-theism are very different, but if these two are looked at with reason, there isn’t any difference.
Jesus said, “No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”…”If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also”…
Buddha said, “Whoever sees me, sees the teaching, and whoever sees the teaching sees me.”
Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Buddha said,“By oneself is evil done; by oneself is one defiled. By oneself is evil left undone; by oneself is one made pure. Purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another.”
Knowing the ultimate nature of Jesus and knowing the ultimate nature of Buddha, we will know our own ultimate nature: “As above, so below.” Here we are not believing in something: it is our responsibility, our practice, to know and see. It is we who have to do this. We have to know and we have to see: it is in our own hands, and not a belief. No one can do it for us.
We need a teacher to help us understand the path that we have to tread.
We will only understand our true nature through understanding a teacher.
(This might beg a question about the word ‘Father’ in the bible. What does ‘Father’ mean? Is it an honorific respect for an authority? A deep appreciation of potential? However it is meant, God the Father’s very nature must be “pure” awareness, “pure” love itself: it can be nothing else. This is our potential, and the reason why we can re-cognise, re-know and remember.)
Whether we see pure awareness as an external phenomenon or as our own true nature, as long as it brings a feeling of well-being, it is the path that we have chosen, and which suits our temperament.
And the feeling of well-being is important to us all.