Thich Nhat Hahn

   Whenever there is understanding,
                        Compassion is born.                        Without understanding
                    there cannot be true love,                     And without love
   there cannot be true understanding.

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The Five Wonderful Precepts by Thich Nhat Hahn are not of a Christian tradition, but are of a Buddhist tradition.  It is good to be aware of other traditions.  For me personally the Five Wonderful Precepts help me to explore and examine my Christian faith more deeply.  Understanding and practicing the Five Wonderful Precepts will do a Christian no harm; but may lead you to a deeper understanding of your own faith.  eoa  

By respecting the differences in our own church
And seeing how these differences 
enrich each one another. 
We are more open to appreciating
the richness and diversity of other traditions. 
In a true dialogue, both sides are willing to change. 

Thich Nhat Hahn

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1. Introduction

2. Quotes "Living Buddha, Living Christ"

3. "The Five Wonderful Precepts"

4.  Ten Selfless Precepts

5. "Jesus and Buddha the Parallel Sayings"

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Thich Nhat Hahn

“Until there is peace between religions,

there can be no peace in the world.

People kill and are killed

because they cling too tightly

to their own beliefs and ideologies.

When we believe that ours

is the only faith

that contains the truth,

violence and suffering

will surely be the result.


One should not honor only one's own religion and condemn other religions. Instead, one should honor other religions for various reasons. By so doing one helps one's own religion to grow and also renders service to the religions of others. In acting otherwise one digs the grave of one's own religion and harms other religions as well. Someone who honors his own religion and condemns other religions may do so out of devotion to his religion, thinking, 'I will glorify my religion'; but his actions injure his own religion more gravely. Concord is good. Let all listen and be willing to listen to the doctrines professed by others. -- S.N. Goenka


Thich Nhat Hahn

1. Introduction

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk, a renowned Zen master, a poet, and a peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1967, and is the author of many books, including the best-selling "The Miracle of Mindfulness." 

This is an Introductory Page, which encourages you to read some of Thich Nhat Hahn quotes, books, and links to gain more wisdom, insights into Christianity, and discernment/enlightenment living in the Present Moment! The Present Moment is the Kingdom of God. 

How did the teachings of a Buddhist Monk get on a Christian website? Let me explain:

My daughter Jennifer got me into Yoga as an exercise. This was a real STRETCH for me but I really did enjoy it! As is so happens my church, Arapaho United Methodist Church in Richardson, Texas offered Yoga classes on Tuesday nights by a gifted church member Shelly Niebur. And Oh My, what an eye opener it was for me. “Breathing, awareness, and Living-Right” were  emphasized. 

"Believe" artwork by Shelly Niebur

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“Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he
destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is
considered as if he saved an entire world.

Save a Life, Save the World



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Life Changing

Physical Fitness * Exercise *  Lifestyle * Spirituality

*Life Changing! Yes! Through Yoga I now exercise regularly, I was introduced to Thich Nhat Hahn, and “Meditation” has become a part of my daily habit. I really do look at the sky everyday to to be aware of how beautiful and how BLUE the skies are. 

Really hearing the bird sing
Or really seeing the blue sky, 
                     We touch the seed of the Holy Spirit within us.              
- Thich Nhat Hahn

By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.

     - Thomas Merton



Impermanence "Oh to love what is lovely and will not last." Inspired by the poem: SNOW GEESE by Mary Oliver. Music by Deuter.

I notice the clouds, the phases of the moon, I am aware now of many of the small things; the stopping to smell the roses. And because of being introduced to Thich Nhat Hahn’s “The Five Wonderful Precepts” I have committed myself to a Vegetarian lifestyle; at least 3  days of the week of eating Vegan.  I also have made an effort to restrain from alcohol.  Lifetime Habits do not change overnight, but with “Awareness” thought, and meditation I am making progress. - eoa

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Each Spiritual Yoga and Meditation lesson is just one step on a long journey. Each week I have slowly progressed through the Yoga positions. But more importantly this also became an Hour-Plus  of prayer. In Yoga you exercise your mind and body!!! At the end of the class we would be in deep relaxation/mini-meditation. Then we would have a short lesson by Shelly. The lessons were inspiring and effective (and even Life Changing! - *more on that later. 

Shelly introduced the class to Thich Nhat Hahn a very gifted Buddhist monk. Hahn also has a deep spiritual knowledge of Jesus Christ and of Christianity. Shelly gave us a handout on “The Five Wonderful Precepts by Thich Nhat Hahn (see Precepts below.) 

They are wonderful! I also checked out Hahn’s quotes, which are truly wonderful (see below.) 

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” - Thich Nhat Hanh Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life 

In this quote by Thich Nhat Hahn enlightenment is “Awareness!” To see the everyday miracles in our everyday lives. To see the Kingdom of God here and NOW! Through a prayerful meditation we commune with God. We are spiritual people. Yoga practice prepares us greatly for meditation; and the meditation helps our Spirit to mingle with God’s Spirit (The Holy Ghost)

This is a process of “Letting GO!” Apart from God we can do Nothing! JOHN 15:5

The meditation is another Gift of God’s Grace, if we can just surrender our minds to it. 


“I always encourage them to practice in a way that will help them go back to their own tradition and get re-rooted. If they succeed at becoming reintegrated, they will be an important instrument in transforming and renewing their tradition. – Thich Nhat Hahn

Hahn is encouraging Christians to fully embrace and realize the full potential and beauty in their/your own faith tradition. There is no attempt to proselytize you to another religion/faith/domination. It is about opening YOU to the Kingdom of God that is available to us NOW. We do not have to die for Salvation is NOW! or to enter into the Kingdom of God! God’s Invitation of Love & Grace are available to us NOW… in the present… if we can just surrender and open up our hearts and minds to it! 

We do not have to die
To arrive at the gates of Heaven. 
In fact, we have to be truly alive. 
The practice is to touch life deeply
So that the Kingdom of God becomes a reality. 
This is not a matter of devotion. 
It is a matter of practice. 
The Kingdom of God is available
HERE and NOW! 

― Thich Nhat Hanh


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Back to my story! After months of Yoga lessons I started to go to the Dallas Meditation Center- Richardson / Dallas, Texas AWAKENING HEART (Community of Mindful Living) Facilitated by Brother ChiSing This was another Spiritual Awakening! 


We are told that Jesus often went out to pray... under a tree at the Mount of Olives, on a hillside, a mountain, and in the wilderness. Jesus spent much time in prayer connecting his Spirit with God’s Spirit. This is available for us also! Continued spiritual practice is a means to cultivate a closer relationship with God, the 
Great Out There; the Universe.


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May all beings be happy.
May all beings be free from suffering.
May all beings be well
May all beings be at peace
Namaste

This short meaningful prayer is how we close each of our Yoga sessions at Spiritual Yoga with Shelly Niebuhr. These Yoga teachings do not compete or conflict with my Christian faith... in many ways these teachings enhance my Christian Faith! Many of these Yoga teachings are common sense and an experience for me of Communion... "a closeness with God." 


This Prayer is expanded upon at the Dallas Meditation Center:

May we and all beings be happy and free.

May we and all beings transform our suffering.

May we and all beings rejoice in all joys.

May we and all beings be at Peace.

Awakening to the Truth of who we are: 

AMITABHA – Infinite Light, Infinite Love


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Bhavatu sabba maṅgalaṃ! 
May all beings be happy!

- S.N. Goenka

"Sādhu! Sādhu! Sādhu! (Well done!)

Sadhu is a Pali word which means good, excellent, righteous/pious, an expression of approval.

 

Aham avero homi, avyāpajjho homi,
Anīgho homi, sukhī attānam pariharāmi.

Mātā pitu ācariya, ñati samūhā

averā hontu, avyāpajjhā hontu, anīghā hontu,
sukhī attānam pariharantu.

Sabbe sattā, sabbe pānā,

sabbe bhūtā, sabbe puggalā,
sabbe atta-bhāva pariyāpannā,
sabbā itthiyo, sabbe purisā,
sabbe ariyā, sabbe anariyā,
sabbe manussā, sabbe amanussā,
sabbe devā, sabbe vinipātikā,
averā hontu, avyāpajjhā hontu, anīghā hontu,
sukhī attānam pariharantu.

Sabbe sattā sukhī hontu, sabbe hontu ca khemino.

Sabbe bhadrāni passantu, mā kiñci pāpamāgamā,
mā kiñci dukkhamāgamā, mā kiñci sokamāgamā.

May I be free from ill-will; may I be free from cruelty;
May I be free from anger; May I keep myself at peace.

May my mother, father, teacher, relatives, the whole community

be free from ill-will, free from cruelty, free from anger;
May they keep themselves at peace.

May all creatures, all living things,

all beings, all individuals,
all persons included,
all women, all men,
all noble ones, all worldlings,
all humans, all non-humans,
all celestial beings, all those in states of woe
be free from ill-will, free from cruelty, free from anger;
May they keep themselves at peace.

May all beings be happy; May they all be secure.

May they all see good fortune; May no evil befall them.
May no suffering befall them; May no sorrow befall them.

S.N. Goenka



And from my teacher Ven. Tashi Nyima comes this yoga Dedication and Aspiration:


 Aspiration

 May what I’m about to do yield favorable results.

 May it give me the capacity to benefit others.

 May it help me to overcome ignorance and limitation.

 May it clear all obstacles on the path.

 May it lead me to the union of wisdom and compassion.


Dedication

By the merit:

 May all be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.

 May all embrace happiness and the causes of happiness.

 May all abide in peace, free from self grasping.

 May all attain the union of wisdom and compassion.






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Healing Buddha Chant with Brother ChiSing


INFINITE LIGHT

INFINITE LOVE

INFINITE LIFE

"Amitabha"

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2. Quotes from "Living Buddha, Living Christ"

“Until there is peace between religions, 
there can be no peace in the world.”

People kill and are killed because they cling too tightly
to their own beliefs and ideologies. 
When we believe that ours is the only faith
that contains the truth, 
violence and suffering will surely be the result. 

“Do not think the knowledge you presently possess
is changeless, absolute truth. 
Avoid being narrow minded and bound to present views. 
Learn and practice nonattachment from views 
in order to be open to receive others’ viewpoints.” 

― Thich Nhat Hanh

But if brothers and sisters in the same tradition cannot understand and communicate with each other, How can they communicate with those outside their tradition? 

― Thich Nhat Hanh 

By understanding your own tradition better, 
you also develop increased respect, consideration, 
and understanding for others. 

By respecting the differences in our own church
And seeing how these differences 
enrich each one another. 
We are more open to appreciating
the richness and diversity of other traditions. 
In a true dialogue, both sides are willing to change. 

We have to allow what is good, beautiful, and
meaningful in the others tradition to transform us.
 
― Thich Nhat Hanh

Our capacity to make peace with another person
and with the world
depends very much on our capacity
to make peace with ourselves.
 
― Thich Nhat Hanh

In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.                     ― Thich Nhat Hanh

When we have peace within, 
real dialogue with others is possible.
 
― Thich Nhat Hanh

Whenever there is understanding, 
Compassion is born.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

When you touch deep understanding and love, 
You are healed.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

All of us have the seed of the Holy Spirit in us, 
The capacity of healing, 
transforming and loving. 

― Thich Nhat Hanh

Buddha is always smiling. 

Those who are blind may feel that if they could recover their sight they would be dwelling in paradise, but we who have good eyes rarely take the time to appreciate that we are already in paradise. 
― Thich Nhat Hanh 

Really hearing the bird sing
Or really seeing the blue sky, 
We touch the seed of the Holy Spirit within us. 
Children have little difficulty recognizing
the presence of the Holy Spirit.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.          ― Thich Nhat Hanh

In Buddhist meditation
Body and Mind become One. 


The word "Buddha” comes from the root buddh,
which Buddhist regard the Buddha 
as a teacher 
and a brother, 
Not as a god. 


When you stand up and your feet touch the ground, 
You know the earth belongs to God. 
When you wash your face, 
You know that the water is God. 
Piety is the recognition that everything 
is linked to the presence of God
in every moment.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

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We don't stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.
- George Bernard Shaw

"Walk as if you are kissing the Earth
with your feet."
― Thích Nhất Hạnh

And forget not that the earth delights
to feel your bare feet
and the winds long to play with your hair.
Kahill Gilbran

“We are here to awaken
from our illusion of separateness.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh

My Actions are my only true belongings.
Thích Nhat Hahn

"I cannot escape the consequences
of my actions...
My actions are the ground on which I stand.
― Thich Nhat Hanh

"Our own life has to be our message."
Thích Nhat Hahn

The whole idea of compassion
is based on a keen awareness
of the interdependence of all these living beings,
which are all part of one another,
and all involved in one another.
― Thomas Merton

We do not exist for ourselves.
- Thomas Merton





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We can appreciate Jesus Christ
as both an historical door
and an ultimate door.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

Buddha and Jesus are most important, 
Because as human beings, 
They lived in ways that we can live, too.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

When He opened to His heart, 
The door of heaven was opened to Him.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

But the Holy Spirit is not just for Jesus alone; 
It is for all of us. 

From a Buddhist perspective, 
Who is not the son or daughter of God.
― Thich Nhat Hanh

We touch God not as a concept but as a living reality.
― Thich Nhat Hanh

Without understanding there cannot be true love, 
And without love there cannot be true
understanding.                                                                                             In Buddhist meditation
Body and Mind become One. 


When you stand up and your feet touch the ground, 
You know the earth belongs to God. 
When you wash your face, 
You know that the water is God. 
Piety is the recognition that everything 
is linked to the presence of God
in every moment.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

Discussing God is not the best use of our energy.
If we touch the Holy Spirit,
Thick Nhat Hahn

Jesus is not only our Lord, 
But He is also our Father, 
Our Teacher, 
Our Brother, 
And our Self. 
The only place we can touch Jesus
And the Kingdom of God
Is within us. 

― Thich Nhat Hanh

We must practice living deeply
Loving and acting with charity
If we truly honor Jesus.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

Many who have neither the way nor the life
try to impose on others
what they believe to be the way. 

― Thich Nhat Hanh

When the church manifests Understanding, 
Tolerance, and Loving-Kindness, 
Jesus is there.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

Please don’t waste a single moment…
Every moment is an opportunity to manifest
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 

― Thich Nhat Hanh

For Buddhist the person is Buddha. For Christians the person is Jesus Christ. Through your daily life, you can help that person continue. You only need to walk in mindfulness, making peaceful, happy steps on our planet.

Breathe deeply, and enjoy your breathing. Be aware that the sky is blue and the birds’ song is beautiful. Enjoy being alive and you will help the living Christ and the living Buddha continue for a long, long time. 
― Thich Nhat Hanh 


"Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet."

― Thich Nhat Hanh


And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

Kahill Gilbran


“Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers: ‘Grow, grow’…”

—The Talmud






Sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering.
Out of fear of the unknown,
they prefer suffering that is familiar.

The seed of suffering in you may be strong,
but don't wait until you have no more suffering
before allowing yourself to be happy.

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky.
Conscious breathing is my anchor.

Life is available only in the present moment.

Hope is important because it can make the present moment
less difficult to bear.
If we believe that tomorrow will be better,
we can bear a hardship today.

Thich Nhat Hahn
Peace Is Every Step,
The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Smile, breathe and go slowly.

Breathing in, I calm the body and mind.
Breathing out I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment
I know this is the only moment.

Because you are alive, everything is possible.

Through my love for you,
I want to express my love for the whole cosmos,
the whole of humanity, and all beings.
By living with you,
I want to learn to love everyone
and all species on Earth...
This is the real message of love.

Thich Nhat Hahn, Teachings on Love


The Five Wonderful Precepts
by Thich Nhat Hanh

1. Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I vow to cultivate compassion and to learn the ways of protecting the lives of people, animals and plants. I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to condone any act of killing in the world, in my thinking, and in my way of life. 


2. Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice, stealing and oppression, I vow to cultivate loving-kindness and learn ways to work for the well-being of people, animals and plants. I vow to practice generosity by sharing my time, energy, and material resources with those who are in real need. I am determined not to steal and not to possess anything that should belong to others. I will respect the property of others, but I will do everything in my power to prevent others from human suffering of other species. 

3. Aware of the suffering caused by sexual misconduct, I vow to cultivate my responsibility and learn ways to protect the safety and integrity of individuals, couples, families and society. I am determined not to engage in sexual relations without love and long-term commitment. To preserve the happiness of myself and others, I am determined to respect my commitments and the commitments of others. I will do everything in my power to protect children from sexual abuse and to protect families from being broken by sexual misconduct. 

4. Aware of suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to the suffering of others, I vow to cultivate loving speech and deep listening in order to bring joy and happiness to others and relieve others of their suffering. Knowing that words can create happiness or bring suffering, I vow to learn to speak truthfully, with words that can inspire self confidence, joy and hope. I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain, and not to criticize or condemn things I am not sure of . I will refrain from uttering words that can cause division or discord, or that can cause the family or the community to break. I will make every effort to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, even small. 

5. Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I vow to cultivate good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by practicing mindful eating, drinking, and consuming. I vow to ingest only items that preserve peace, well-being and joy in my body, in my consciousness, and in the collective body and consciousness of my family and society. I am determined not to use alcohol or any other intoxicants, or to ingest foods or other items that contain toxins, such as certain T.V. programs, magazines, books, films and conversations. I am aware that to damage my body and my consciousness with these poisons is to betray my ancestors, my parents, my society, and future generations. I will work to transform violence, fear, anger, and confusion by practicing a diet for myself and for society. I understand that a proper diet is crucial for self-transformation, and for the transformation of society.

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Thich Nhat Hahn "The Five Wonderful Precepts" by Bible Basics.
Spiritual, inspirational, meditative video lesson. The Five Wonderful are truly wonderful ways to live your life too the fullest. Incredible wisdom from Thich Nhat Hahn: A Vietnamese monk, a renowned Zen master, a poet, and a peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1967, and is the author of many books, including the best-selling The Miracle of Mindfulness" and "Living Buddha, Living Christ." ENJOY!



Ten Selfless Precepts

 1.       RESPONSIBILITY.  To take responsibility for my life.  Not to blame others for my own unhappiness, nor make excuses for my own mistakes.

 

2.      SELF DISCIPLINE.  To regard each moment as a precious opportunity for spiritual practice. Not to waste time in frivolous pursuits, nor overindulge in alcohol or escapist entertainments.

 

3.      HARMLESSNESS.  Not to injure or kill and being heedlessly or needlessly.

 

4.      STEWARDSHIP.  Not to waste the resources upon which other beings depend.

 

5.      HONESTY.  Not to deceive others by word or deed.

 

6.      INTEGRITY.  Not to take what does not belong to me.

 

7.      HONOR.  To regard my word as sacred; not to give it lightly but, once given, strive to honor it under all circumstances.

 

8.      SEXUAL RESTRAINT.  To make sex a sacrament, not to profane it in the pursuit of selfish ends.

 

9.      CHARITY.  Not to be possessive of people or things, but to give unsparingly of my assets, both material and spiritual, for the alleviation of suffering.

 

10.    REMENBRANCE.  Do recite these precepts once a day, reviewing my vows and remembering the path which I have freely chosen.

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Anger and The Power of Prayer...The Power of Words


4. Jesus Buddha The Parallel Sayings

Just reading a few of these quotes and excerpts is NOT sufficient to understanding Living Buddha Living Christ edited by Marcus Borg introduction by Jack Kornfield.  Mr. Borg and Kornfield has collected so many insights, research, the connecting the dots, commentary, and unraveling the amazing parallels of Jesus Christ and Buddha that just reading a few passages will deprive you of much wisdom.  This book is worth the buying and the reading! eoa

Here are just a few examples!

COMPASSION:


JESUS: Do to others as you would have them do to you.                                         Luke 6:31

BUDDHA: Consider others as yourself.                                                                          Dhammapada 10.1


JESUS: If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also.  Luke 6:29

BUDDHA: If anyone should give you a blow with his hand, with a stick, or with a knife, you should abandon any desires and utter no evil words.  ajjhima Nikaya 21.6


JESUS:    27 “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again.   Luke 6:27-30 NRSV

BUDDHA:  Hatreds do not ever cease in this world by hating, but by love, this is an eternal truth…

Overcome anger by love, overcome evil by good. Overcome the miser by giving, overcome the liar with truth.

Dhammapada 1.5 & 17.3


JESUS: This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  John 15:12-13

BUDDHA: Just as a mother would protect her only child at the risk of her own life, even so, cultivate a boundless heart towards all beings. Let your thoughts of boundless love pervade the whole world.

Sutta Nipata 149-150



JESUS: Truly I tell you, just as you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do it to me. Matthew 25:45

BUDDHA: If you do not tend one another, then who is there to tend to you?  Whoever would tend me, he should tend the sick.

Vinaya Mamavagga 8.26.3



WISDOM:


JESUS:  41 Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? 42 Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.

Luke 6:41-42

BUDDHA: The faults of others are easier to see than one’s own; the faults of others are easily seen, for they are sifted like chaff, but one’s own faults are hard to see. This is like the cheat who hides his dice and shows his dice of his opponents, calling attention to the other’s shortcomings, continually thinking of accusing him.

Udanavarga 27.1


JESUS:4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5 Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”

7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”  John 8:4-5 & 7

BUDDHA:  Do not look at the faults of others, or what others have done or not done; observe what you yourself have done and have not done.

Dhammapada 4.7


JESUS:   … Your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.  Matthew 5:45

BUDDHA:  The great cloud rains down on all whether their nature is superior or inferior. The light of the sun and the moon illuminates the whole world, both him who does well and him who does ill, both him who stands high and him who stands low.

Sadharmapundarika Sutra 5


MATERIALISM:


JESUS: If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also.   Luke 6.29

BUDDHA: If anyone should give you a blow with his hand, with a stick, or with a knife, you should abandon any desires and utter no evil words. Majjhima Nikaya 21.6


JESUS: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. From anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again.    Luke 6.27-30

BUDDHA: Hatreds do not ever cease in this world by hating, but by love; this is an eternal truth….. Overcome anger by love, overcome evil by good. Overcome the miser by giving, overcome the liar by truth. Dhammapada 1.5 & 17.3


JESUS: Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take the sword will perish by the sword.   Matthew 26.52.

BUDDHA: Abandoning the taking of life, the ascetic Gautama dwells refraining from taking life, without stick or sword. Digha Nikaya 1.1.8


JESUS: Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.                                                               Matthew 25.45

BUDDHA: If you do not tend one another, then who is there to tend you? Whoever would tend me, he should tend the sick. Vinaya, Mahavagga 8.26.3


JESUS: Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.                               John 1.17

BUDDHA: The body of the Buddha is born of love, patience, gentleness, and truth. Vimalakirtinirdesha Sutra 2


JESUS: I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.   Luke 15.10

BUDDHA: The bodhisattva loves all living beings as if each were his only child. Vimalakirtinirdesha Sutra 5.


JESUS: This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.     John 15:12-13

BUDDHA: Just as a mother would protect her only child at the risk of her own life, even so, cultivate a boundless heart towards all beings. Let your thoughts of boundless love pervade the whole world. Sutta Nipata 149-150


JESUS: You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honour your father and mother.”   Mark 10.19

BUDDHA: Abstain from killing and from taking what is not given. Abstain from unchastity and from speaking falsely. Do not accept gold and silver. Khuddakapatha 2


JESUS: The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.    Matthew 13.31-32

BUDDHA: Do not underestimate good, thinking it will not affect you. Dripping water can fill a pitcher, drop by drop; one who is wise is filled with good, even if one accumulates it little by little. Dhammapada 9.7


JESUS: Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbour, “Friend, let me take the speck out of your eye,” when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.   Luke 6.41-42

BUDDHA: The faults of others are easier to see than one’s own; the faults of others are easily seen, for they are sifted like chaff, but one’s own faults are hard to see. This is like the cheat who hides his dice and shows the dice of his opponent, calling attention to the other’s shortcoming, continually thinking of accusing him. Udanavarga 27.1


JESUS: Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness. Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.   Luke 11.34-36

BUDDHA: As a man with eyes who carries a lamp sees all objects, so too with one who has heard the Moral Law. He will become perfectly wise. Udanavarga 22.4


JESUS: Your father in heaven makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. Matthew 5.45

BUDDHA: That great cloud rains down on all whether their nature is superior or inferior. The light of the sun and the moon illuminates the whole world, both him who does well and him who does ill, both him who stands high and him who stands low.Sadharmapundarika Sutra 5


JESUS: Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?      Matthew 6.25-26

BUDDHA: Those who have no accumulation, who eat with perfect knowledge, whose sphere is emptiness, signlessness, and liberation, are hard to track, like birds in the sky. Those whose compulsions are gone, who are not attached to food, whose sphere is emptiness, signelessness, and liberation, are hard to track, like birds in the sky. Dhammapada 7.3-4


JESUS: Jesus knew all people and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone.   John 2:24-25

BUDDHA: He was expert in knowing the thoughts and actions of living beings. Vimalakirtinirdesha Sutra 2


JESUS: The police answered, “Never has anyone spoken like this!” John 7.46

BUDDHA: Neither have I seen, nor has anyone heard of such a sweet-tongued master coming down from heaven to the midst of the many. Sutta Nipata 955


JESUS: No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.    Luke 6.43-45

BUDDHA: Whatsoever a person commits, whether it be virtuous or sinful deeds, none of these is of little import; all bear some kind of fruit. Udanavarga 9.8


JESUS: There is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.  Mark 7.15

BUDDHA: Stealing, deceiving, adultery; this is defilement. Not the eating of meat. Sutta Nirata 242


JESUS: They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” He said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”    John 8.4-5 & 7

BUDDHA: Do not look at the faults of others, or what others have done or not done; observe what you yourself have done and have not done. Dhammapada 4.7


JESUS: No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.   Luke 16.11

BUDDHA: One is the way to gain, the other is the way to nirvana; knowing this fact, students of Buddha should not take pleasure in being honoured, but should practice detachment. Dhammapada 5.16


JESUS: How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. Mark 10.23 & 25

BUDDHA: Riches make most people greedy, and so are like caravans lurching down the road to perdition. Any possession that increases the sin of selfishness or does nothing to confirm one’s wish to renounce what one has is nothing but a drawback in disguise. Jatakamala 5.5 &15


JESUS: Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.   Luke 6.20

BUDDHA: Let us live most happily, possessing nothing; let us feed on joy, like the radiant gods. Dhammapada 15.4


JESUS: If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Matthew 19.21

BUDDHA: The avaricious do not go to heaven, the foolish do not extol charity. The wise one, however, rejoicing in charity, becomes thereby happy in the beyond. Dhammapada 13.11


JESUS: He said to them, “When I sent you out without a purse, bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “No, not a thing.”   Luke 22.35

BUDDHA: Then the Lord addressed the monks, saying: “I am freed from all snares. And you, monks, are freed from all snares.”


JESUS: He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”    Luke 21.1-4

BUDDHA: Giving is the noble expression of the benevolence of the mighty. Even dust, given in childish innocence, is a good gift. No gift that is given in good faith to a worthy recipient can be called small; its effect is so great. Jatakamala 3.23


JESUS: Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.            Matthew 6.19-20

BUDDHA: Let the wise man do righteousness: A treasure that others can not share, which no thief can steal; a treasure which does not pass away. Khuddakapatha 8.9


JESUS: He told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, “What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?” Then he said, “I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat drink, be merry.” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich towards God.” Luke 12.13-21

BUDDHA: “These children and riches are mine”; thinking thus the fool is troubled. Since no one even owns himself, what is the sense in “my children and riches”? Verily, it is the law of humanity that though one accumulates hundreds of thousands of worldly goods, one still succumbs to the spell of death. All hoardings will be dispersed, whatever rises will be cast down, all meetings must end in separation, life must finally end in death. Udanavarga 1.20-22


JESUS: Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.                                    Matthew 7.15

BUDDHA: What good is hide clothing? While your inward state is a tangle, you polish your exterior. Dhammapada 26.12


JESUS: Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son on Man has nowhere to lay his head.   Matthew 8.20

BUDDHA: The thoughtful exert themselves; they do not delight in an abode. Like swans who have left their lake they leave their house and home. Dhammapada 7.2


JESUS: Those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it.   Mark 8.35

BUDDHA: With the relinquishing of all thought and egotism, the enlightened one is liberated through not clinging. Majjhima Nikaya 72.15


JESUS: Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.   John 14:27.

BUDDHA: May fear and dread not conquer me. Majjhima Nikaya 6.8


JESUS: I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against his house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.    Luke 6.47-49

BUDDHA: As rain leaks into a poorly roofed house, so does passion invade an uncultivated mind. As no rain leaks into a well-roofed house, passion does not invade a cultivated mind. Dhammapada 1.13-14


JESUS: Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin.    Mark 3:29

BUDDHA: Do not let there be a schism in the order, for this is a serious matter. Whoever splits an order that is united will be boiled in hell for an aeon. Vinaya, Cullavagga 7.3.16

JESUS: Out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.         Matthew 15.19-20

BUDDHA: One does not become pure by washing, as do the multitude of mortals in this world; he who casts away every sin, great and small, he is a Brahmin who has cast off sin. Udanavarga 33.13


JESUS: Whenever you enter a town and they do not welcome you, go out into its streets and say, “Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you.”                 Luke 10.10-11

BUDDHA: The wise man does not befriend the faithless, the avaricious and the slanderous, or the one who stirs up strife; the wise avoid the wicked. Udanavarga 25.1


JESUS: Everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.                     John 8.34

BUDDHA: People compelled by craving crawl like snared rabbits. Dhammapada 24.9


JESUS: The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they said, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!”    Matthew 11.19

BUDDHA: They agreed among themselves: “Friends, here comes the recluse Gautama who lives luxuriously, who gave up his striving and reverted to luxury.” Majjhima Nikaya 26.26


JESUS: The devil was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.     John 8:44

BUDDHA: Mara, the evil one, appeared desiring their ruin, and he closed off the safe and good path that led to their happiness, and he opened up a false path so that they might later come upon disaster and loss. Majjhima Nikaya 19.25-26


JESUS: A woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee who had invited him saw it, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would have known who and what kind of woman this is who is touching him – that she is a sinner.”    Luke 7:37-39

BUDDHA: The courtesan Ambapali, having mounted a magnificent vehicle, went off to see the Lord. She approached on foot and having greeted the Lord, sat down at a respectful distance. She spoke thus to him: “Will the Lord consent to a meal with me tomorrow?” The Lord consented by becoming silent. Vinaya, Mahavagga 6.30.1-2


JESUS: The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread along.’”Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.”Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” 

BUDDHA: Then Mara the evil one drew near to him, and said: “Let the Exalted One exercise governance, let the Blessed One rule.”“Now what, O evil one, do you have in view, that you speak this way to me?”“If the Exalted One were to wish the Himalayas, king of the mountains, to be gold, he might determine it to be so, and the mountains would become a mass of gold.”The Exalted One responded: Were the mountains all of shimmering gold, it would still not be enough for one man’s wants. He that has seen suffering – how should that man succumb to desires?”Then Mara the evil one thought: “The Exalted One knows me! The Blessed One knows me!” And sad and sorrowful he vanished then and there. Samyutta Nikaya 4.2.10


JESUS: When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until and opportune time.   Luke 4.13

BUDDHA: During the six years that the Bodhisattva practiced austerities, the demon followed behind him step by step, seeking an opportunity to harm him. But he found no opportunity whatsoever and went away discouraged and discontent. Lalitavistara Sutra 18


JESUS: He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.   Matthew 4:2 & 11

BUDDHA: I thought: “Suppose I practice entirely cutting off food.” Then the deities came to me and said: “Good sir, do not practice entirely cutting off food. If you do so, we shall infuse heavenly food into the pores of your skin and you will live on that.” Majjhima Nikaya 36.27


JESUS: One of the criminals who was crucified there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”   Luke 21.39-43

BUDDHA: The Buddha performed a feat of such supernormal power that the bandit addressed him thus: “I will indeed renounce evil forever.” So saying, the bandit took his swords and weapons and flung them in a gaping pit. Then the bandit worshipped at his feet and uttered this exclamation, “Who once did live in negligence and then is negligent no more, he illuminates the world like the moon freed from a cloud.” Majjhima Nikaya 86.5-6 & 18


JESUS: As he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick, for I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”   Matthew 9.10-11

BUDDHA: The bodhisattva made his appearance at the fields of sports and in the casinos, but his aim was always to mature those people who were attached to games and gambling. To train living beings, he would appear at crossroads and on street corners. To demonstrate the evils of desire, he even entered the brothels. To establish drunkards in correct mindfulness, he entered all the taverns. Vimalakirtinirdesha Sutra 2


JESUS: You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. John 8.32

BUDDHA: One who acts on truth is happy in this world and beyond. Dhammapada 13.2


JESUS: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.   Matthew 5.8

BUDDHA: Anyone who withdraws into meditation on compassion can see Brahma with his own eyes, talk to him face to face and consult with him. Digha Nikaya 19.43


JESUS: Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who take it.   Matthew 7:13-14

BUDDHA: Just as there are few pleasant parks and lakes, but many dense thickets and inaccessible mountains, so are there few beings who will be reborn among men. More numerous are those who will be reborn in purgatory. Anguttara Nikaya 1.19


JESUS: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.    John 3:16-17

BUDDHA: A certain Brahmin said to the Lord “Reverend Gautama, it is as if a man were to seize someone by the hair who had stumbled and was falling into a pit, and to set him on the firm ground – just so, I, who was falling into the pit, have been saved by you!” Digha Nikaya 12.78


JESUS: No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.”    John 3:5-7

BUDDHA: There are these two gifts, the carnal and the spiritual. Of these two gifts the spiritual is preeminent. He who has made the spiritual offering – such a one, the best of mankind, is honoured by all beings as one who has gone beyond. Itivuttaka 4.1


JESUS: The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.     Matthew 13:44

BUDDHA: If by giving up limited pleasures one sees far-reaching happiness, the wise one leaves aside limited pleasures, looking to far-reaching happiness. Dhammapada 21.1


JESUS: The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.    Mark 4.26-29

BUDDHA: The yeoman farmer gets his field well ploughed and harrowed. But that farmer has no magic power or authority to say: “Let my crops spring up today. Tomorrow let them ear. On the following day let them ripen.” No! It is just the due season which makes them do this. Angutara Nikaya 3.91


JESUS: Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.    John 11.26

BUDDHA: Those who have sufficient faith in me, sufficient love for me, are all headed for heaven or beyond. Majjihma Nikaya 22.47


JESUS: Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels……The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned.                                    Mark 8.38 & 16.16

BUDDHA: Just as someone possessed of virtue and wisdom would here and now enjoy final knowledge, so I say that someone not possessing that state of mind and speaking against me will be carried off to hell. Majjhima Nikaya 12.21


JESUS: Whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.    Matthew

BUDDHA: These worthy beings who were well-conducted in body and mind, after death have reappeared in a happy destination, even in the heavenly world. But those worthy beings who were ill-conducted in body and mind, after death have reappeared in the realm of ghosts. Majjhima Nikaya 130.2


JESUS: Many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold.    Matthew 24.11-12

BUDDHA: Monks who are untrained will give guidance to others, and they will not be able to lead them in the way of higher virtue. And those in turn who have not been trained will give guidance to others and will not be able to lead them. Anguttara Nikaya 5.79


JESUS: Again the high priest asked him. “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus said, “I am; and ‘you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power.’ And ‘coming with the clouds of heave.’ …. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.”                                  Mark 14.61-62 & John 14.26

BUDDHA: There will arise in the world a lord, a fully enlightened buddha endowed with wisdom and conduct, enlightened and blessed, just as I am now. He will teach the dharma and proclaim the holy life in its fullness and purity. Digha Nikaya 26.25


JESUS: I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgement; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, “You fool,” you will be liable to the hell of fire.    Matthew 5.22

BUDDHA: Here, student, some man is of an angry and irritable character; when criticised even a little, he is offended, becomes angry, hostile, and resentful, and displays anger, hate, and bitterness. Because of performing and undertaking such action, after death, he reappears in a state of deprivation, in an unhappy destination, in perdition, even in hell. Majjhima Nikaya 135.9


JESUS: Heaven and earth will pass away.    Mark 13.31

BUDDHA: This great earth will be burnt up, will utterly perish and be no more. Anguttara Nikaya 7.62


JESUS: The good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.    Matthew 24:14

BUDDHA: I will not experience final nirvana until I have disciples who are knowers of the dharma and who will pass on what they have gained from their Teacher, declare it and teach the dharma of wondrous effect. Digha Nikaya 16.3.7


JESUS: In a little while the world will no longer be able to see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.                          John 14.19

BUDDHA: And the Lord said. “It may be that you will think: ‘The Teacher’s instruction has ceased, now we will have no teacher!’ It should not be seen like this, for what I have taught and explained to you will, at my passing, be your teacher.” Digha Nikaya 16.6.1


JESUS: He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.    Mark 4.39

BUDDHA: Now at that time a great rain fell and a great flood resulted. Then the Lord made the water recede all round; and he paced up and down in the middle on dust-covered ground. Vinaya, Mahavagga 1.20.16


JESUS: When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea.    Mark 6.48

BUDDHA: He walks upon the water without parting it, as if on solid ground. Anguittara Nikaya 3.60


JESUS: Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them.      John 20.26

BUDDHA: He goes unhindered through a wall. Anguttara Nikaya 3.60


JESUS: Truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17.20

BUDDHA: A monk who is skilled in concentration can cut the Himalayas in two. Anguttara Nikaya 6.24


JESUS: Jesus cured many people of diseases, plagues, and evil spirits, and had given sight to many who were blind. And he said to them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard; the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them.:     Luke 7.21-22

BUDDHA: As soon as the Bodhisattva was born, the sick were cured; the hungry and thirsty were no longer oppressed by hunger and thirst. Those maddened by drink lost their obsession. The mad recovered their senses, the blind regained their sight, and the deaf once more could hear. The halt and the lame obtained perfect limbs, the poor gained riches, and prisoners were delivered of their bonds. Lalitavistara Sutra 7


JESUS: Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute, and many others. They put them at his feet, and he cured them. Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for the crowd and I do not want to send them away hungry.” Ordering the crowd to sit down on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish; and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. Those that had eaten were four thousand men, besides women and children.                                           Matthew 15.32, 35, 36 & 38

BUDDHA: During the times of maladies, true bodhisattvas become the best holy medicine; they make beings well and happy, and bring about their liberation. During the times of famine, they become food and drink. Having first alleviated thirst and hunger, they teach the dharma to living beings. Vimalakirtinirdesha Sutra 8


JESUS: That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick.     Matthew 8:16

BUDDHA: The venerable Kassapa was sick and afflicted, stricken with a sore disease. The Buddha spoke to him and Kassapa was delighted. Then and there he rose up from his sickness and abandoned it. Samyatta Nikaya 46.14


JESUS: When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.    ACTS 1.9

BUDDHA: The venerable Dabba rose from his seat, saluted the Exalted One with his right side, rose into the air and, sitting cross-legged in the sky, attained the sphere of heart, and rising from it passed finally away. Udana 8.9


JESUS: See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will hurt you.      Luke 10.19

BUDDHA: Now at that time a certain monk, bitten by a snake, passed away. They told this matter to the lord. He said: “If this monk had expressed loving kindness to the four royal snake families, then he, although bitten by a snake, would not have passed away.”Vinaya, Cullavagga 5.6


JESUS: The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, asking him for a sign from heaven, to test him. And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to their generation.”  Mark 8:11-12

BUDDHA: A wonder of psychic power is not to be exhibited to everyone. Whoever exhibits these powers openly is doing wrong.Vinaya, Cullavagga 5.8.2


JESUS: Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountains apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.   Mark 9.2-3

BUDDHA: Ananda, having arranged one set of the golden robes on the body of the Lord, observed that against the Lord’s body it appeared dulled. And he said: “It is wonderful, Lord, it is marvellous how clear and bright the Lord’s skin appears! It looks even brighter than the golden robes in which it is clothed.” Digha Nikaya 16.4.37


JESUS: He told them a parable: “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit?” Luke 6.39-40

BUDDHA: When these Brahmins teach a path that they do not know or see, saying, “This is the only straight path,” this cannot possible be right. Just as a file of blind men go on, clinging to each other, and the first one sees nothing, the middle one sees nothing, and the last one sees nothing – so it is with the talk of these Brahmins. Digha Nikaya 13.15


JESUS: To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”   Luke 9:59-62

BUDDHA: He who, having cast off human attachment, has left behind the attraction of the gods, he who is free from all attachment, he, I declare, is a Brahmin. Udanavarga 33.52


JESUS: Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”   Matthew 16.17-19

BUDDHA: Were it to be said of anyone: “He is the son of the Blessed One, born of his breast, an heir in the dharma, not an heir in material things,” it is of my follower Sariputta that this should be said. The matchless wheel of the dharma is kept rolling by Sariputta. Majjhima Nikaya 111.22-23


JESUS: He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.     Mark 6.7 & 12-13

BUDDHA: Walk, monks, throughout the land for the blessing of the people, for the happiness of the people, and out of compassion for the world. Let not two of you go by one way. Vinaya, Mahavagga 1.11.1


JESUS: “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables.” He did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.      Mark 4:11 & 34

BUDDHA: Such talk on the dharma is not given to lay people clothed in white. Such talk on the dharma is given to those who have gone forth. Majjhima Nikaya 143.15


JESUS: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.      Matthew 28:19-20

BUDDHA: Teach the dharma which is lovely at the beginning, lovely in the middle, lovely at the end. Explain with the spirit and the letter in the fashion of Brahma. In this way you will be completely fulfilled and wholly pure. Vinaya Mahavagga 1.11.1


JESUS: To all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.                John 1.12-13

BUDDHA: You are my own true sons, born of dharma, created by dharma my spiritual heirs, not carnal heirs. Itivuttaka 4.1


JESUS: His disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” But he said to them, “Not everyone can accept this teaching, but only those to whom it is given.”      Matthew 19.10-11

BUDDHA: The wise man should avoid promiscuity as if it were a burning charcoal pit. If he is unable to lead a celibate life fully, let him not transgress with another’s wife. Sutta Nipata 396


JESUS: Many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him;.     John 6:66

BUDDHA: Sixty more gave up the training and returned to the lower life, saying: “Hard is the task of the Exalted One!” Anguttara Nikaya 7.68


JESUS: Looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”    Mark 3.34-35

BUDDHA: Just as the great rivers, on reaching the great ocean, lose their former names and identities and are reckoned simply as the great ocean, so do followers lose their former names, and clans and become sons of the Buddha’s clan. Vinaya, Cullavagga 9.1.4


JESUS: Jesus spoke unto them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”    John 8:12

BUDDHA: When a Bodhisattva descends from heaven, there appears in this world an immeasurable, splendid light surpassing the glory of the most powerful glow. And whatever dark spaces lie beyond the world’s end will be illuminated by this light. Diggha Nikaya 14.1.17


JESUS: “I came from God and now I am here. I did not come on my own, but he sent me. You do not know him. But I know him. I do know him and I keep his word.”     John 8: 42 & 55

BUDDHA: It might be said that a man, on being asked the way, might be confused or perplexed. But I know Brahma and the world of Brahma, and the way to the world of Brahma, and the path of practice whereby the world of Brahma may be gained. Digha Nikaya 13.38


JESUS: Jesus said to him. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Have I been with you all this time, Phillip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me; but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who live me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”    John 14.6 & 9 & 18-21

BUDDHA: Even if a monk should seize the hem of my garment and walk behind me step for step, yet if he is covetous in his desires, careless and unrestrained, then that monk is far from me and I am far from him. What is the cause of that? Monks, that monk does not see dharma. Not seeing dharma he does not see me. Even though a monk should dwell far away, yet if he is not covetous in his desires, not fierce in his longing, not malevolent of heart, not of mind corrupt, but composed, calm, mindful and restrained in sense – then indeed that one is near to me and I am near to him. What is the cause of that? Monks, that monk sees dharma. Seeing dharma he sees me. Itivuttaka 3.5.3


JESUS: For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.    Mark 10.45

BUDDHA: I am your surety for not returning. Itivuttaka 1.1.6


JESUS: I saw one like the Son of Man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; his eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and from his mouth came a sharp, two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining with full force. Revelation 1.14-16

BUDDHA: This prince is endowed with the marks of a Great Man. On the soles of his feet are wheels with a thousand spokes. His complexion is bright, the color of gold. He has a Brahma-like voice, like that of a bird. His eyes are deep blue. The hair between his eyebrows is white, and soft like cotton-down. His head is like a royal turban. Digha Nikaya 14.1.32


JESUS: I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.               John 17.14-16

BUDDHA: Just as, brethren, a dark blue lotus or a white lotus, born in the water, comes to full growth in the water, rises to the surface and stands unspotted by the water, even so, brethren, the Buddha, having come to full growth in the world, passing beyond the world, abides unspotted by the world. Samyutta Nikaya 22.94


JESUS: The high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus said, “I am; and ‘you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power’ and ‘coming with the clouds of heaven.’”    Mark 14.61-62

BUDDHA: This prince is endowed with the marks of a Great Man. To such, only two courses are open. If he goes forth into the world, then he will become a fully enlightened Buddha, one who draws back the veil from the world. Digha Nikaya 14.1.31????


JESUS: The crowd answered him, “We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains forever.”    John 12:34

BUDDHA: Whoever has developed the four roads to power could undoubtedly live for a century. The Buddha has developed these powers. He could undoubtedly live for a century. Digha Nikaya 16.3.3


JESUS: Pilate asked him, “So you say you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”   John 18.37

BUDDHA: I am a supreme king. SO let your doubts about me cease. I am the holy one beyond compare. I rejoice free from fear.Majjhima Nikaya 92.17 & 19


JESUS: When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. This took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son.”      Matthew 1:18 & 22-23

BUDDHA: When the Bodhisattva had descended into his mother’s womb, no sensual thought arose in her concerning men, and she was inaccessible to any man having a lustful mind. Majjhima Nikaya 123.10


JESUS: In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we have observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”     Matthew 2:1-2

BUDDHA: For what reasons are these signs revealed? Is it that a god of great merit has been born? Or is it that a buddha has emerged in the world? Never before have we seen such signs! We must trace them together, crossing a myriad of lands, seeking the glow and investigating it together. Sadhamapundarika Sutra 7


JESUS: In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.”    Luke 2:8-10

BUDDHA: They took the hermit and showed him the newborn prince. He was shining, glowing and beautiful. It was like seeing molten gold in the hands of a master craftsman as he takes it out of the furnace. To see the prince was to see brightness – brightness of the flames of a fire; the brightness of the constellations crossing the night sky; the brightness and clarity of the autumn sun shining on a cloudless day. It was a sight that filled the hermit with joy, and he experienced great delight. In the sky above, invisible beings were holding up a vast canopy. From its center stretched over a thousand spokes. Other gods waved fans on golden stems. Sutta Nipata 686-688


JESUS: Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God.     Luke 2.25-28

BUDDHA: The long-haired sage looked at the baby and with great joy he picked him up. Now the Buddha was in the arms of a man who had waited for him, a man who could recognize all the signs on his body – a man who now, filled with delight, raised his voice to say these words: “There is nothing to compare with this: this is the ultimate, this is the perfect man!” Just then the hermit remembered that he was going to die quite soon – and he felt so sad at this that he began to cry. Sutta Nipata 689-691


JESUS: In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.                                    Mark 1.35

BUDDHA: Then the Lord sat cross-legged in one posture for seven days at the foot of the tree of awakening, experiencing the bliss of freedom. Vinaya, Mahavagga 1.1.1


JESUS: Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has looked favourable upon his people!” This word about him spread throughout Jedea and all the surrounding country. The disciples of John reported all these things to him. So John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”                                            Luke 7.16-19

BUDDHA: Pokkharasati said to Ambattha: “Gautama is staying in the dense jungle. And concerning that Blessed Lord a good report has been spread about: ‘This Blessed Lord is a fully enlightened Buddha.’ Now you go to see the ascetic Gautama and find out whether this report is correct or not, and whether the Reverent Gautama is as they say or not.” Digha Nikaya 3.1.4


JESUS: The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.                                                                           Luke 2.40

BUDDHA: This prince will come to the fulfilment of perfect enlightenment. The religious life will be fully expounded. Sutta Nipata 693


JESUS: When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.    Luke 2.45-47

BUDDHA: Meanwhile, the King, having noticed that the Bodhisattva was missing, inquired concerning his absence, asking: “Where has the young prince gone? I do not see him anywhere.” So a great crowd of people spread out in all directions to look for the prince. Shortly, one of the king’s advisors caught sight of the Bodhisattva in the shade of the jambu tree, seated with his legs crossed, deep in meditation. Lalitavistara Sutra 11


JESUS: Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe the good news.”                                         Mark 1.14-15

BUDDHA: To turn the dharma-wheel I go to the city, beating the drum of deathlessness in a world that has grown blind….. Felicitous is the emergence of the enlightened, felicitous is the teaching of truth. Vinaya, Mahavagga 1.6.8 & Dhammapada 14.16


JESUS: Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top of bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. Matthew 27.50-51

BUDDHA: At the Blessed Lord’s final passing there was a great earthquake, terrible and hair-raising, accompanied by thunder.Digha Nikaya 16.6.10


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