|Jesus: The Teacher of Enlightenment
|Jesus: our Bodhisattva
The below website link will connect you with a different image
of Jesus of Nazareth that most of you are not familiar with. Our Gospel of Thomas website offers
an open-minded exploration of the parallel mystical sayings and belief system of Jesus with Shin and
Zen Buddhist teachings. Included are wonderful links with commentaries and historical analysis.
Parallel Sayings & Teachings
Exploring the Gospel
of Thomas, we discover that Jesus believed the self and the divine to be identical
and one. Furthermore the Kingdom of God is not in the future but is “right here.” and one only needs to be awakened
to this perfection. Jesus, in this gospel, speaks of enlightenment, the same
type that is taught by Shakyamuni Buddha, Shin teachers and Zen Masters. In addition Thomas
does not have a narrative story line but just 114 sayings attributed to Jesus, many of which are akin to Zen koans and
have parallel Buddhist sources. Here, Jesus is never presented as a Savior, but rather as a spiritual guide who is equal to
his students. In addition, the Gospel of Thomas does not contain a supernatural
virgin birth. It does not teach of original sin ...
Click here to enter the GOSPEL OF THOMAS: THE BUDDHIST JESUS? website.
Jesus said: Therefore I say that if one is unified, one will be filled with light, but if one is divided one will be
filled with darkness.
---Gospel of Thomas