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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 expounded.”

Dharma Nature: “It is the ultimate essence that is the basis of everything. The true nature of all existing things. It is synonymous with Shinyo.

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? Certainly –

“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.

Sister Juliemarie
of the Sisters of Embracement

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