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90. Jesus Said: Come to me. My yoke is easy. My mastery is gentle, and you will find rest for yourselves.

 

 

 

14c. For what goes into your mouth will not defile you, but what comes out of your mouth can defile you.

 

 

 

 

27a. If you do not fast from the world you will not find the Kingdom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

34. Jesus said: If a blind person leads another blind person, both of them will fall into a ditch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

66.  Jesus said: show me the stone that the builders rejected. It is the cornerstone.

 

 

33b. For nobody lights a lamp and puts it underneath a bushel basket or in a hidden place. Rather, it is placed on a lamp stand so that all who go in and out may see the light.

 

 

 

6. His disciples questioned him: should we fast? In what way should we pray? Should we give to charity? From which foods should we abstain? Jesus responded: do not lie. If there is something that you hate, do not do it, for everything is revealed beneath heaven. Nothing will fail to be displayed. Nothing covered will remain undisclosed.

 

14a. Jesus said to them: if you fast you will bring sin to yourselves and if you pray you will be condemned, and you give to charity you will damage your spirits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

42. Jesus said: Be a passerby.

 

Buddhist Teachings

 

When a mendicant, though still young, yokes himself to the Buddha's teachings, the world is illuminated like the moon freed of clouds (Dhammapada).

 

Stealing, deceiving, adultery; this is defilement. Not the eating of meat. (Sutta Nipata).

 

 

With the relinquishing of all thought and self-centeredness, the enlightened one is liberated through non-attachment (Majjhima Nikaya).

 

Do not live in the world, in distraction and false dreams, outside the dharma (Dhammapada).

 

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).

 

 

I can make bits of rubble turn into gold (Amida Buddha’s Primal Vow from Tz’u-min’s poem).

 

Whosoever has heard the dharma of virtue and vice is as a person who has eyes and carries a lamp, seeing everything. He will become completely wise (Udanavarga).

 

 

Some piously affirm: “the truth is such and such. I know! I see! And hold that everything depends upon having the “right” religion. But when one really knows, one has no need of religion (Mahavyuha Sutra).

 

 

Don’t go by gossip and rumor, nor by what’s told you by others, nor by what you hear said, nor even by the authority of your traditional teachings... nor from awe of the teacher…”(Kalama Sutta) .

 

Kutadanta accused the Buddha, “…you tear down religion. Your followers despise rituals and abandon sacrifices. But reverence to Gods can only be shown through sacrifices…” The Buddha replied: “Greater than massacring of bullocks is the sacrifices of the self. He who offers up his evil desires will see the uselessness of slaughtering animals at the altar. Blood has no power to cleanse but the giving up of harmful action will make the heart whole. Better than worshiping God(s) is following the ways of goodness. (Digha Nikaya).

 

All sentient beings, just as they are. There is no expectation of any transformation. Indiscriminately, beings are reached by the Buddha’s wisdom (Rennyo Shonin).

 

It is entirely due to Other Power and is free from self-power. Thus the Nembutsu is non-practice and non-good for those who practice it (Shinran Shonin).

 

 

Coming, going, the waterfowl leaves not a trace, nor does it need a guide (Dogen-zenji).

 

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