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hi there! Im currently under a project which requires a few thoughts on Buddhism. I was wondering if you can answer my questions? One of them would be: what is Buddha to you? (A god, a teacher, philosopher, etc.) and why. The other would be: how can you explain Buddhism to someone of my age (which is 14 y/o)? I would really be happy if you could answer this for me :) I find your insights really cool and hope you carry on the awesomeness of them^^
“The next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community; a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth.”
Hi there, I love your blog and I am grateful for you! My question is: Do you know of any references made by Buddha that say that total enlightenment can not be reached by humans while they are alive?
The loving kindness that the Buddha speaks of (which is often translated as compassion in Buddhist literature) and the love of God that Jesus talks about are pointing to the same foundational reality. Both of them see love and compassion as the full and final source and goal of religion. The goal of religion is to make people like God and “God is Love” (1 John 4:8).
How can we move into the wisdom of both Jesus and the Buddha? First, we Christians can start with honest Jesus scholarship, which is now readily available. We can be honest about who Jesus really was and what Jesus was really saying before we made him into “our” religion. Second, we need more concrete practice concerning the issues of the many levels of healing that Jesus was clearly concerned about, much clearer than any founding of a church institution or making dogmatic declarations. Then we will see for ourselves the immense similarities between the teaching of Jesus and the teaching of the Buddha.”
In many ways, Jesus and Buddha were talking about the same experience of human transformation.
Suffering is the teacher of transformation for both of them. It is the only thing strong enough to grab our attention and defeat the ego. Suffering, for me, is whenever we are not in control. It is our opposition to the moment, our inner resistance that says, “I don’t want it to be this way.” The ego is always trying to control reality and therefore it is invariably suffering, because reality is never fully what we want.
Jesus’ suffering on the cross was a correct diagnosis and revelation of the human dilemma. It was an invitation to enter into solidarity with the pain of the world, and our own pain. Lady Julian of Norwich understood it so well, as if to say, “There is only one suffering and we all share in it.” That is the way all mystics eventually see it. That is the way the Buddha saw it. There is only one suffering, and for Christians Jesus personified that surrender to that cosmic mystery—a “non-resistance” to reality until we learn its deepest lessons. The ultimate lesson is always resurrection.”