GOSPEL OF THOMAS: THE BUDDHIST JESUS?

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1. And he said: whoever finds the correct interpretation of these sayings will never die.

 

21f. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

 

 

 

2. Jesus said: The seeker should not stop until he finds. When he does find, he will be disturbed. After having been disturbed, he will be astonished. Then he will reign over everything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3a. Jesus said: If your leaders say to you. “Look! The kingdom is in the sky!” then the birds will be there before you are. If they say that the Kingdom is in the sea, then the fish will be there before you are. Rather the Kingdom is within you and it is outside of you.

 

114. …Rather, the Kingdom of the Father is already spread out on the Earth, and people aren’t aware of it.

 

5. Jesus said:  Recognize what is right in front of you, and that which is hidden from you will be revealed to you. Nothing hidden will fail to be displayed.

Buddhist Teachings

 

For those who are ready, the door

To the deathless state is open.

You that have ears, give up

The conditions that bind you and enter in.  (Majjhima Nikaya)

 

 

However I pray to be without “I”, my character is that I cannot be without “I, and as I come to comprehend this, I cannot help feeling an inexplicable loneliness and desolation…Yet when I come to penetrate to the very bottom of that desolation, then as I stand, there suddenly manifest a power of absolutely unconditional compassion. It is a power which will never desert me. (Zen Abbot Obora)

 

True peace of mind…can be obtained only when one is personally awakened to the stark-naked fact that every effort is ultimately in vain (Zenkei Shibayama).

 

Like a bird, he rises on the limitless air and flies an invisible source. He wishes for nothing. His food is knowledge. He lives upon emptiness. He has broken free (Dhammapada).

 

At the moment of awakening, the Buddha exclaimed: “Wonder of wonders! All living beings are truly enlightened and shine with wisdom and virtue. But because their minds have become deluded and turned inward to the small self, they fail to understand this” (Kegon Sutra).

 

We don’t go out of this world in order to be born into the Pure Land but we carry the Pure Land. Being born in the Pure Land means discovering the Pure Land within ourselves….the Pure Land is this dirty Earth itself…My conclusion is that Amida is our inner-most Self and when that inner-most Self is found, we are born in the Pure Land (D.T. Suzuki).

 

The Pure Land is not millions and millions of miles away in the west, it is right here and those who have eyes can see it around them (D.T. Suzuki).

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