A voicehearer’s path ~

A Christian Buddhist ~

I know, you have to seriously wonder if such a category even dares exist. And the painful truth is, not as an orthodox Christian. However, there are several points at which Buddhism and Christianity are so thoroughly alike that one needs to examine the differences as a matter of testing their importance. The results of such an examination might surprise you.

The major difference between Buddhism and Christianity is that Buddhism is a path of disciplined living toward becoming a happier and more fulfilled individual, while Christianity is (ostensibly) about being at the very center, of God’s will in how you live your life.¬† One Buddhist may believe in Indra, another in no God at all, another in Shiva. There is no contest among them, as Gautama Buddha taught that it was not a relevant issue toward one’s inner peace. Buddha, in fact would not allow his followers to make him into a God in any way. I am not sure that it would actually please him that there are statues of him all over the world. He said he was not a God.

Now, Y’shua may have actually claimed that he was the Son of God, but almost invariably when he is quoted as having said things of this sort, there is following a teaching on the fact that Hashem taught that we were all Sons and Daughters of God. However, his teachings were mostly about finding peace in obedience to the teachings. In other words, by pleasing a Holy God.

Yet, at the heart of both their teachings is only one command or discipline to be practiced. Compassion. This is the sum of the Buddha’s teachings, this is the sum of Y’shua’s teachings. When you realize this one thing, there should be no reason that one cannot be a Buddhist Christian.

The one difference that most orthodox Christians would point out, then, that cannot be overcome is that the churched do not believe in reincarnation. That is pretty basic to Paulist Christianity. And Paulist Christianity is what is practiced in every church I have ever been inside. I am not a Paulist. There were many things he wrote that I find helpful and wonderful, but the man did not even walk at Y’shua’s side, and I will not follow his teachings.

I have no problem with reincarnation, in fact, I believe it actually occurs. Therefore, for me, there is no problem in being a Buddhist Christian.

Comments on: "A Christian Buddhist ~" (3)

  1. I want to know the true path. I have already seen Christians telling me that God told them “xyz” about a certain biblical doctrine – and it is clearly NOT true – and this means to me that their way is incorrect.
    I am in love with the Buddhist way to escape “…the corruption in the world through lust” and they remind me of the Rechabites in Jeremiah.
    These are perilous times, and I want to know the truth…

  2. Daniel,

    Good morning, and how are you? Obviously, I believe that the true path lies in simply doing good to others, and being, in essence, kind. In John’s Gospel (chapter 14 is a good place to start, but the entire gospel is based on the principles, so read it all), Y’shua is quoted as having said there was only one command, to love one another. The word used for love meant a deep, from the very depths of your being, compassion.

    Buddha also taught that kindness was the essence of happiness of the inner being. If you discuss with a Rabbi what the meaning of the mitzvot are, he will tell you that everything boils down to deep compassion for your fellow beings, even the kosher laws were to spare animals their fear and pain in being killed for food.

    I cannot decide for you what the path is that will lead you into your personal truth. I can tell you that the Native American teachings also lead to kindness and forgiveness, “Walking with a light step,” toward all one’s fellow creatures. I hope that you find the way that is best for you!

    P.S. I see that the Rechabites were teachers of abstinence. An ascetic order then? Not a bad comparison, but do not focus on what one cannot or is not supposed to do as the way to follow the truth, that only puts you in a position of standing still and doing nothing. To follow, one must do something. Therefore, if you would follow the Masters, Y’shua, and Buddha, be kind.

  3. Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

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