November 23, 2011

The Sameness of Jesus and Buddha's Teachings, by James Hanson

 Was Jesus a Buddhist? Certainly he was many things--Jew, prophet, healer, moralist, revolutionary, by his own admission the Messiah, and for most Christians the Son of God and redeemer of their sins. And there is convincing evidence that he was also a Buddhist. The evidence follows two independent lines--the first is historical, and the second is textual. Historical evidence indicates that Jesus was well acquainted with Buddhism. If Jesus did not go to India, then at least India went to Judea and Jesus. The real historical question is not if he studied Buddhism, but where and how much he studied Buddhism, especially during his so-called "lost years."

Historical accounts aside, many textual analyses indicate striking similarities between what was said by Jesus and by Buddha and between the prophetic legend of Jesus and ancient Buddhist texts. The conclusion is that, although not identifying himself as a Buddhist for good reasons, Jesus spoke like a Buddhist. The similarities are so striking that, even if no historical evidence existed, we can suspect that Jesus studied Buddhist teachings and that the prophecy and legend of Jesus was derived from Buddhist stories.

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June 16, 2011

Deformation of Conceptual Thoughts, spoken by Eric Voeglein

A plant is a plant. You see it. You don't see its physical-chemical processes, and nothing about the plant changes if you know that physical-chemical processes are going on inside. How these processes will result in what you experience immediately as a plant (a rose or an oak tree), you don't know anyway. So if you know these substructures in the lower levels of the ontic hierarchy (beyond the plant which is organism) and go into the physical, chemical, molecular and atomic structures, ever farther down, the greater becomes the miracle how all that thing is a plant. Nothing is explained. If you try to explain it in terms of some mechanism, you have committed the fallacy of reduction.

If you deform your experience by trying to explain what you experience by the things which you don't experience but which you know only by science, you get a perverted imagination of reality—if you see a rose as a physical or atomic process.

 Eric Voegelin, CW VOL 33

The Drama of Humanity
Conversations, II,
Myth as Environment
p 275.

March 24, 2011

Essence Road

If you're feeling like you're in the flow
Feeling confident in what you know
Then you've still got a long way to go
To the junction at, Essence Road

Just ignore it when folks say you're saved
It's the spirit, I know, that you crave
'Cause you still got a long ways to go
To the turn-off that joins Essence Road

     Do some jogging, go lift a few weights
     Don't get stuck if you go on some dates
     Raise your thoughts to self-critical glee
     And your family with integrity

Take your boots off, it's end of show
Where you're sure that you know you don't know
'Cause you've always been, free to go
Take the turnpike to, Essence Road

You've put on this act for so long
You should write it all down in a song
But it'll change everything that you've knowed
When you're driving down, Essence Road