Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Jesus the Buddha

I haven't blogged for a while. I haven't been sure where this blog was going, who I'm writing for. Maybe just for myself?

Visiting My Parents, My Earthly Roots

I just returned to Moab from a bicycle trip to Fruita, Colorado to see my parents & brother. It was nice seeing them and my brother's 2 boys also. The bike trip was splendid, too. I did part of it on Kokopelli's trail, which kinda follows the Colorado river. I saw 3 different herds of pronghorns, and the weather was perfect for riding.

My parents and I talked a lot about the Christian walk and the Bible. I'm often astounded at how accepting they are of my chosen lifestyle. It is about getting us to face the teachings of Jesus, after all. Growing up, Christianity was the center of our home-life, so was always the center of conversation - and still is. When I went through years of clinical depression, with bitterness about the hypocrisy of Christianity, there was a lot of silence when I visited my parents. Then I realized there can be no Divine Peace until we find reconciliation with our roots, and, in fact, find reconciliation with every particle of the universe.

This time, looking beyond the political & religious disagreements, I learned profound things from my parents, could see their spiritual authenticity shining through.

The Middle Path Between the Two Extremes

The path of Truth is a razor's edge, the Upanishads say. It's the narrow way, so Jesus and the Tao Te Ching tell us. It's the Middle Way, the Buddha declares.

Yes, the Middle Way, between the Two Extremes, the Buddha says. YHWH between the Two Cherubim, the Torah states. Truth does not, cannot, take sides. On the one side I have Christianity and my conservative upbringing - my family and conservative friends. On the other side I have Secularism, other religions, and my liberal ("progressive") friends. It's like I'm a child of divorced parents, searching for reconciliation between the two. Both try to manipulate me to take their side.

When I see the profound truths of secularism and non-Christian Religion and do not speak it for fear of what Christians might think, I am not a servant of Truth. When I see profound truths in Christian thought and I do not speak it for fear of offending non-Christians, I am not a servant of truth. Find the truth in EVERYTHING, and leave the rest. ALL truth is One Truth. When we know truth and don't speak it for fear of what somebody thinks, are we worthy of having a spine and walking upright?

For years I have basked in the light of secularism and the non-Christian world and Eastern Religion, because I saw that it had more integrity and honesty in it. But all this time I have seen layers upon layers of profound truth in Christianity, and profound wisdom in Christians, including my parents. But I have been afraid to speak it for fear of being categorized with the Jerry Falwells and Pat Robertsons and the Crusades and the we're-right-and-everybody-else-is-wrong mentality.

Jack Kerouac and Dharma Bums

Jack Kerouac's Dharma Bums is so popular you can rarely find a copy in the library that's not checked-out or stolen. I've found that when I just talk about wandering moneyless and my ponderings in Eastern religious thought, people out there lap it up. But as soon as I relate it to the teachings of Jesus, I lose one audience and gain another - the Christian audience. Seems to be an either or. Then I get attached to my new audience and find myself in fear of losing this Christian audience, so I keep the profound truths of Eastern Religion under my hat. Yet I know in my deepest heart that Enlightenment or Salvation or whatever you want to call it is exactly the same thing in Hinduism as it is in Christianity. Exactly.

Now a funny thing I've discovered is if you really want to turn off everybody, talk about Mormonism's deep truth. I have been astounded to find the most profound truth in the Book of Mormon. When I speak it, it goes over like a lead balloon. The rarest gems of all are the most hidden, least recognized - and most lost in hypocrisy.

Back to Dharma Bums. A couple years ago I read some published pages from Jack Kerouac's personal journal while he was on the road. They were all musings over New Testament passages, mainly Jesus' teachings. These were his main preoccupation! Yet we hear nothing of this in his books for the public. In his books for the public, it seems his main preoccupation is Zen Buddhism. He was divided, and I totally get why. Both Eastern and Western Religion are my constant preoccupation, because both are One. But to the public I become divided. But I am fairly certain that Jack Kerouac would not have died a lost alcoholic if he could have found the courage to state ALL of his mind, to not waste energy in trying to please one side. We must find reconciliation with every particle of the universe, leaving nothing out, if we are to find Divine Peace. It comes down to this: do we prefer popularity or Divine Peace?

Omnipresent Means Omnipresent

To Christians I will keep repeating: if you truly believe your own Christ, you will believe the Buddha, you will believe Krishna, you will believe Lao Tzu. If you do not keep Jesus' teachings, then you do not believe Jesus, and your "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life" business is meaningless hot air. To Buddhists I will keep repeating, if you truly believe your own Buddha, you will believe the Christ. "Here, O Israel, YHWH your Elohim is One YHWH." Every Hebrew student knows that Elohim is plural, meaning Gods. Literally, Gods is One.

Evangelicals want to evangelize, proselytize. Really, that means all Christianity is evangelical - because that's its nature. But I have learned that to evangelize means Jesus' Golden Rule: "Do unto others what you would have them to do unto you," which more often than not means keeping your mouth shut and learning from others, not teaching. How do you feel when a Muslim tells you your religion is bullshit and his is the only right way? Don't you think he feels exactly the same when you tell him his religion is bullshit and yours the only right way? If you don't think Islam has something profound to teach you, you are not worthy to talk to a Muslim. It is Spirit we are spreading, not words. Spirit is Love. Buddhists and Hindus have taught me the depths of my own Christianity.

If God (Truth) is limited to one religion, then God is not, cannot be, Omnipresent. This is the common sense of all common sense.

Whoever you are - conservative, liberal, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Animist, Atheist, Agnostic - my only challenge to you is to speak and act the truth that you know. Are you afraid to speak and act what you know because of what people might think? Are you afraid it will get you crucified? An atheist who speaks the truth as he knows it and gets nailed to a cross for it knows the Divine, though he thinks he doesn't. In Jesus' parable of the 2 sons, one son has the actions and not the words and the other has the words and not the actions. Which do you think is a child of the Kingdom of God? (Matthew 21:28-31). The goats think they are righteous and are not, while the sheep think they are not righteous and are (Matthew 25:31-45).

Here is the Gift of the universe: when you speak and act what you know, what you do not know becomes revealed to you.

Buddha means Awakened
Jesus the Buddha
Awakened from Sleep
Resurrected from Death

When one is Awakened
All are Awakened
Beyond Time


  1. Great post, one of your bests.

    I'm glad you wrote it.


  2. Yep, I used to want to get on your case and say, Come On Suelo, just come out with it. If the truth is worth opening our mouths to talk about, then it's worth standing for. After all, IT will stand when everything else falls--when everything else FAILS.

    People tried to stop me from what I was doing by comparing me to those outside "our" circle--to the Mormons, the Catholics, the Muslims, a CULTIST--now a SINNER of many colors (now THIS I am!). I have become all things to all men--wear a COAT of many colors!

    When you stop fearing man and fear only God Himself, you feel so FREE and POWERFUL! What can anybody do to you when you are afraid of NOTHING, need to curry favor no one?

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  5. Suelo mio, that comment from "Chris" is just a spam junk mail designed to make money. Out of respect for your core philosophy, it wouldn't be a bad thing to delete it and your response, as unworthy.

  6. Done. Thanks for the tip, Romanos.

    Please, if somebody wants to market religion & spirituality, be respectful & don't use this blog.

  7. I once wrote a paper on the similarities of Jesus and the Buddha. I think I still have it somewhere. this entry made me think of it.

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  9. Your ideals and philosophy are not unfamiliar to me and have spent some time both reading and hearing about them. It is very obvious that you are searching for answers and understanding in a world that is filled with riddles and misconceptions of existence. What is your world view? Are we all the product of a creator? Is everything we see created for our enjoyment? I would think that after traveling around the great state of Utah and the southwest you would have noticed the majesty that is all around you. I question how one can relate the salvation of John 3:16 to any other religion in the world. Stop. I think people shut down when you say religion. True Christianity is really a personal relationship with the triune GOD and creator of the Universe. I understand that you feel he is called by many names, but we must not forget that salvation from our sinful nature only comes through the death of his son Jesus on the Cross. You most certainly can find glimpses of understanding from other religions and we all can respect them, but at the same time we can’t be blind to the fact that there is really only the TRINITY and all else fall short. How do we explain this? All other ‘religions’ try and earn salvation through works and spirituality. Only through Christ atoning sacrifice for our sins are we truly forgiven and granted forgiveness. It is by believing in HIM and having a personal relationship with Him that we find mercy and grace. God’s love is omnipresent in every human being. He loves us all endlessly as we are HIS children. ‘If God truth is limited to one religion, then God can not be Omni-present,” Firstly, don’t put God in a box. He is the great’ I Am’ he is without limit or constraint. No human definition of what we think our creator is can be phrased in a human terms. We are slaves to his great and most awesome power.
    You state: “But as soon as I relate it to the teachings of Jesus, I lose one audience and gain another - the Christian audience.” Do not speak for the thoughts of others. Speak absolute truth and you will find your audience. You heart is conflicted. It is easy to see that. You think that if I try and put a piece of the idea of God in every other religion it some how validates our existence. What you loose sight of is in doing so you basterdize the truth. I hope that you find it and I will pray that you and those like you will find God Grace in the silence apart from human corruption.

    In Christ,
    JGS- Utah/Wisconsin

  10. JGS & co:
    All I can do is challenge you to believe your own Jesus. Who keeps his teachings? Wouldn't you be thrilled if I wrote "Jesus is Lord"? If your formula produced ANY good fruit, I would follow it. "Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not the things that I say?" I challenge you to look at all your great Evangelical preachers & teachers & leaders (ie Billy Graham & James Dobson & George W Bush) and ask yourself if you have EVER, EVER heard them proclaim the teachings of Jesus, much less practice them. The teachings of Jesus are, as the Bible calls them, the Gospel, written in your gospels. When you PRACTICE Jesus' teachings & LIVE by Jesus' example, then come back & tell me about the Way, the Truth, and the Life! When you can say "I would rather starve, I would rather die, than serve Mammon, than live unethically", then come back & tell me you understand the Sacrifice of Christ.

  11. always choose the middle path for it is the best path. too close to either side will tip you over.

    it was interesting to read your idea of eastern and western. In Islam it is believed Allah sent down 125,000 messengers to each corner of this earth. To show man there is One Creator. If you study all religions in depth there are so many similiarities, how can this be?

    never be afraid in what you believe in


    peace be onto you