Jesus said, “And the truth shall set you free.”
As Buddhists, we interpret this as meaning:
the realisation of absolute reality of pure conscious awareness shall set you free.
When realised, you are free of ‘you’!
Teachers, traditions and cultures interpret truth in their own way. To be accurate, it is our own genuine experience that is the reality, rather than a reliance upon hearsay. Hearsay is like ‘whispering in a line’ which may become distorted, both unintentionally … and intentionally.
As a Buddhist, the ‘kingdom of heaven’ is the absolute reality of pure conscious awareness.
‘God’ is the absolute reality of pure conscious awareness.
The ‘Father’ is the absolute reality of pure conscious awareness.
Our true nature is the absolute reality of pure conscious awareness.
Truth is not a belief: it may be demonstrated or pointed out to any sentient being who has ears to hear.
Jesus said, “No one goes to the Father but by me.” As a Buddhist, this is read as, “No one attains enlightenment but by a teacher.”
To be more accurate; “No one realises absolute reality but by recognising the mistaken self-identity of the me’ “. This recognition is the unity of the two truths of relative and absolute reality. By virtue of one, the other is known.
When this is understood, experienced and realised, we become self-reliant and free. We use the pattern of our karmic behaviour to realise our true nature. Our karmic reactions are recognised within emptiness.
The path to enlightenment comprises steps of realisation.
The path to endarkenment comprises distractions and perversions.