Bridges: A footbridge between Buddhism and Christianity -
Jesus is the Way to the Father
5Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are
going, so how can we know the way?"
6Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really knew
me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know
him and have seen him." - John 14:1-7
When Jesus answered Thomas we discover in His words we discover
something very important and central to Christianity – Jesus
IS THE TRUTH. Something ALL Christians are taught is that Jesus
and God the Father are one. (A concept that should not foreign to
Buddhists who strive to be one with the Buddha). Do Buddhists have
such a concept? Certainly they do…Shakyamuni Buddha, a man
who was a great teacher and originator of Buddhism, spoke of the
Creator as being an Eternal Truth. Consider the following definitions
from “Aiming for Nirvana
Dharma: “This refers to the universal truths that Buddha
Dharma Nature: “It is the ultimate essence that is the basis
of everything. The true nature of all existing things. It is synonymous
At the day of Pentecost, the disciples and Mother Mary where baptized
with the Holy spirit. They became temples of the Holy Spirit, temples
of God, temples of The Truth. Do Buddhists have such a concept?
“Each of us is a vessel of the Dharma” – Keishu-sama
in her New Years 2004 sermon
Just as Christians are taught that they are temples of God, temples
of the truth, so too are Buddhists. What is the difference? Semantics!
Buddhists simply refer to the Truth as “Dharma”
…and that’s the truth…
Peace be with you.
of the Sisters of Embracement
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