One might ask how a real born-again Christian comes to allow Buddhism, specifically Soto Zen, into his Life. I tell you I am just such a Christian. I love God and my Saviour Jesus Christ with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind, and I love my neighbor as myself. I can never fully realize the nature of this Good until after death, or evil. This means that I love myself and other people fully. As the Buddha was human, I can read the study of Buddhism and embrace his teachings as I would Paul Tillich or Rhinhold Neighbor. Philosophies have all contributed to the great body of thought whereby we as a human I come to understand. I can read Buddhist very humane contributions to our ideas and ideals, as I would Leo Marx or Ken Kesey, or JD Salinger, or Fitzgerald, or Hemmihgway or William Shakespeare, or John Donne of the great humanism of the ages as in Lao Tsu or Hegal, or for that matter the philosophy of Karl Marx as applied to early Christianity, for indeed, the Buddha of Sidharta Gautama the man who advocated renunciation of things or grasping after the material in selfish behavior as it would result in ultimate death, and this is not different from Christ saying to seek the Kingdom of God within, and so admittedly the Buddha does not deal with dieties claiming this is not the aspusis of his phylosophy. Thus Christian faith leads to a subjugation of death which we as Christians embrace as the ultimate truth. Still the precepts, as the domain of the four noble truths and the final of these truths the eightfold path in which we renounce attitudes and actions of harm to self and other people is summed up in the Great Testament of loving God and people as ourselves. These truths are evident in the enlightened form of Buddha nature and are given the Christian in the twinkling of an eye or true salvation in which one embraces Jesus as the Son of God, and thereby the Christian becomes fully aware of eternity. Christ’s teachings take the believer one step beyond mear learning in a moment of full realization of God’s power over what the Buddha taught as possible through renunciation of Dukah or desire, yet somehow torture has lived in materialism. This is just as Christ taught. Christ says, no, learning is not enough that one must realize Him as the Ultimate Love giving His Life for humankind. That sin against self or others is itself supernatural, and in subjugating death, the ultimate sin, one becomes saved for all eternity. Death is final destruction, the ultimate bad, and one can find through Jesus the power over death through embracing the Christ risen from the dead and offering all humanity this ultimate realization that Life everlasting is possible, and Christians teach, this ultimate Life is not realized until after death, and that we as humans must accept this truth for we cannot know what the final truth is but by faith that this is possible. The Buddha does not deal with eternity, but the good action in the here and now, as Jesus offers the reward for the good life of full realization in Salvation. For the Christians there is good, and more than good, but faith in God and a reward in eternal Life. What the Nature of this Eternal Life is we are never fully told, such that I maintain that consciousness lives after death, that bad action toward self or others is the torture of conscience after death and that Christ’s Love goes beyond death, and this is the Heaven or full freedom from guilt.
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I was a University and community college instructor before retiring. I also worked in fast food restaurants, and retail stores. I am an ordinary man writing for because I want to write and because my education prepared me to write; BA English lit, MA English, EdS higher education, and MFA creative writing, free verse poetry and essays. Blogs are an answer to high-priced self-publishing. Walt Whitman had to self-publish his first 1000 copies of the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass because in 1855 poetry did not sell. Most poets make a living in other ways than writing. Wallace Stevens was an insurance executive, and TS Eliot was a banker. Many writers teach, and always there have been writers who have written because they needed to express their thoughts and feelings. They wrote not necessarily to make money but to express "the old universal truths of the human heart" according to Faulkner. Here I reach a wider audience I missed than by self-publishing, and I stand a better chance to reach a wider audience for less expense than self-publishing. I self-published my first books, Winter from Spring, and Meditations on Gratitude; poetry and photo books which were easier to self-publish than to seek a not to seek a publisher company. This blog allows me to write for an interested audience because I write poetry and personal essays. I write for a friendly audience and present to you a slice of my writing. Perhaps you will enjoy what you read. View more posts