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Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Subject:hello friends
Posted by:_____bented.
Time:3:51 pm.
- Name (real or nickname): tiffany .. i prefer tiphaknee though
- Age: 19
- Religion: loosely based buddhist
- Do you believe Jesus was a Buddha? absolutely
- What do you hope to gain from this community? more knowledge and friendship
- Anything extra you wish to say here: i read the book living buddha, living christ by thich nhat hanh and it really opened my eyes.. i was raised christian, and lost my faith in jesus until i read this book and saw that even though religions have different labels for everything, it's all the same
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Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Posted by:joker2168.
Time:10:50 pm.
What does Yeshua aka Jesus really teach? As for the whole Jesus being Buddha thing I recommend reading the lotus and the cross by Ravi Zacharias. This book contains a mock conversation between Jesus, Buddha, and a prostitute. I feel that each was represented well. Ravi is an Indian guy who is well versed in both Buddhism and Christianity and i feel this is a must read for anyone who is considering either or their comparison.

Salvation? What is a Christian really? Are even half these people really saved?
Maybe it's not what you thought it was.

Some Scriptures to ponder on. Please check preconceived ideas and teachings at the door and listen to what has been written in the scriptures. Please keep in mind truth is not dependent on our ideas of it. People generally like to believe what they like to hear and ignore that which is hard to accept.
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. ~ Yeshua

1st John 3 says

" Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother."
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." ~ Yeshua

But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. ~ Galatians 5

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." ~ Yeshua

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. ~ Galatians 5

"If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:" ~ 1st John 1
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." ~ Ephesians 2

Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. ~James 2

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.~ James 2

For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. ~ Ephesians 5

Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. ~James 2

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.~ John 3

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. ~ James 2

The word of Elohim does not contradict itself, if it seems that it does, then you do not understand it. I placed some links throughout this post, they may clear up a little confusion here and there. I went light on the links but www.blueletterbible.org has some great helps like online concordances and stuff. I could have made this freakishly long but i figured that would be enough.

Seek Truth Always

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Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Posted by:maria_callous.
Time:7:57 pm.
- Name (real or nickname): Maria
- Age: 36
- Religion: Roman Catholic
- Do you believe Jesus was a Buddha? Not sure, but I hope to find out more in this community...
- What do you hope to gain from this community? Insight
- Anything extra you wish to say here: Hello to everyone :)
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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

Posted by:johnkzin.
Time:12:14 am.
- Name (real or nickname): John

- Age: 37

- Religion:

I primarily identify with Christianity, but I'm really a bit of a spiritual mutt. I was taught that there is fundamental elements of truth in all of the major religions, and I have found a lot of wisdom in Buddhism, Taoism, and Zen. Part of what's going on in my life right now is figuring out how to make sense of the different religious paths that I've respected over the years ("make sense of" meaning how to see them as one path instead of multiple paths), which includes not just those but also others.

- Do you believe Jesus was a Buddha?

Do I believe Gautama Buddha was a prophet of the God of Abraham? I think the question, while it has a sincere intent, probably loses itself in labels. I do believe there is a fundamental symmetry between the teachings of the Christ and the teachings of the Buddha. And while I am not sure how exactly to compare/reconcile the God of Abraham with Brahma/Brahman, I think there's something there.

- What do you hope to gain from this community?

Peers. Communion. Fellowship. Information.

- Anything extra you wish to say here:

I've recently been reading three books that might be of interest here:

"Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings" edited by Marcus Borg.

"The Lost Sutras of Jesus" edited by Ray Riegert and Thomas Moore.

"The Jesus Sutras", by Martin Palmer.

The last two are about some writings by a Persian monk who travelled to China in the early 600's, and was asked by the emporer to translate Christianity. Only, he didn't translate it literally/linguistically. He translated it more culturally, so what comes out reads like a fusion of Christianity, Buddhism, and Taoism. This, of course, fit me like a glove :-)

"The Lost Sutras of Jesus" is rather short, but it's a good introduction. It's about 1/3 history, 1/2 sutras, and 1/6 reflection on how the sutras reflect on modern spirituality. I haven't read the 3rd book yet ... I'm hoping it has a lot more depth on the sutras themselves.
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Saturday, May 20th, 2006

Subject:Just Joined
Posted by:bluesafyrefla.
Time:7:44 am.
- Name (real or nickname): Kimberly
- Age: 46
- Religion: Roman Catholic
- Do you believe Jesus was a Buddha? I really think so
- What do you hope to gain from this community? I'm new to Buddhism and I find the connection between Buddhism and Christianity fascinating. I'm here to see other people's takes on the relationship between the two.
- Anything extra you wish to say here: Happy to have found you!
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Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Posted by:bardic_scrawl.
Time:3:27 pm.
- Name (real or nickname): Joel
- Age: 28
- Religion: Christian
- Do you believe Jesus was a Buddha? Short answer: yes and no. Long answer: I believe that Jesus is THE Buddha, Siddhartha was A Buddha. While I consider myself pretty Christocentric, I believe that Judaism was not the only backdrop for revelation of the Divine Will, i.e. Buddhism has about as much to say as the Jewish writings about the fullness of truth as revealed in Jesus Christ. BUT, I also think that the religious contexts of Hinduism and Judaism are too different, that the providence of God chose Judaism at that time to reveal His Son because it had a theological soil not available in Hinduism or Greek philosophy. Divinity to a Hindu is not the same to a Jew, as I see it. But these are ideas I am working out as I go, I'm sure some may change as time goes on.
- What do you hope to gain from this community? Good conversation.
- Anything extra you wish to say here: Nope.
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Friday, February 17th, 2006

Posted by:serra_mcconnell.
Time:12:13 pm.
- Name (real or nickname): Serra McConnell

- Age: 38

- Religion: I was raised Roman Catholic, but I am now a solitary practitioner of Celtic Wicca- invoking Cerridwen and Herne the Hunter. However, I still invoke Mary Magdalene, St. Francis of Assisi, and St. Jude and my personal religious practices are heavily influenced by Buddhism and Shamanism.

- Do you believe Jesus was a Buddha? Yes, one of many Earthly Buddhas, I hope.

- What do you hope to gain from this community? Open-minded, intelligent dialogue and sharing.

- Anything extra you wish to say here: not at this time.
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Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Posted by:briefcanticle.
Time:10:22 am.
- Name (real or nickname): Sean
- Age: 30
- Religion: Quaker, but I practice Pure Land recitation and zazen
- Do you believe Jesus was a Buddha? Yes, I do
- What do you hope to gain from this community? The ideas of others who practice both a compassionate Christianity and a compassionate Buddhism
- Anything extra you wish to say here: Nope, thanks!
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Monday, January 9th, 2006

Subject:Just wondering!
Posted by:gaiman_phile.
Time:5:58 pm.
Mood: curious.
This is cross-posted in buddhists, columbusdharma, hisholinessdl, interfaith_talk, allpaths, and tibetanbuddhism!

I was wondering, if you guys believe in reincarnation, . . . and this is in NO WAY meant to attack anyone, I'm just a legitimately curious person. . .What do you guys feel about the Creation? I'm just curious. I'd tried asking my friend, and she didn't know really how to answer that question. . . Thanx so much!!
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Friday, January 6th, 2006

Posted by:megaswami.
Time:10:25 pm.
Goodness! I just added Thich Nhat Hanh to my interests list and checked for communities. This certainly sounds exciting.

- Name (real or nickname): An(n)dal/Dilly (nickname)
- Age: 17
- Religion: zen buddhist
- Do you believe Jesus was a Buddha? yes, and christ is risen in each bodhisattva who kills the buddha upon meeting him.
- What do you hope to gain from this community? i am very interested in the connections between christianity and buddhism. more interested in allegory and practice than historical aspects. i want to see what other people are thinking. cross cultural dialogue is delicious.
- Anything extra you wish to say here: er, perhaps i'll be a scholar of mahayana and gnosticism when i grow up!
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Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Posted by:thenewchristina.
Time:6:44 am.
- Name (real or nickname): Christina
- Age: 34
- Religion: None, more spiritual than religious
- Do you believe Jesus was a Buddha? Not sure
- What do you hope to gain from this community? Enlightenment
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

Posted by:sweetlilangel.
Time:12:05 pm.
- Name (real or nickname): Stephanie
- Age: 21
- Religion: Buddhist (origanly Jewish)
- Do you believe Jesus was a Buddha? I'm not sure, but I think it is very likely (though he wasn't Buddhist himeself)
- What do you hope to gain from this community? Stupid answer but...knowledge
- Anything extra you wish to say here: Uh...if it's your birthday "Happy Birthday to you" if not then "A merry merry unbirthday to you"
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Subject:I am just curious. . .
Posted by:gaiman_phile.
Time:12:45 pm.
Mood: curious.
Hi, everyone.

I'm new to this community, just joined up a few minutes ago. My friend is a Buddhist, and I'm a Christian. The things we've talked about over the last few weeks that I've known her (we were co-workers, that's how we met!), she's told me a lot about her religion, and having formerly been Christian herself, and knowing that I myself am a Christian, it's really fascinating to see the parallels of our religions.

I don't know much about Buddhism, and everytime I hear the word "Buddha," I always think of the jolly chubby man laying on his side or sitting "Indian style" with a big smile on his face. I wasn't aware until she and I got to talking that there are different Buddhas for different things in life. She's really shown me a lot about Eastern religions and what-not, and a lot of what she's telling me about, I'm wanting to learn more, hence my joining this group.

My hope is to meet some new friends and learn as much as I can about this religion I know so little about.

Thank you. . .
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Sunday, November 13th, 2005

Subject:The Parable of the Prodigal Son
Posted by:joker2168.
Time:11:59 pm.
The Parable of the Prodigal Son
in Christianity and Buddhism

I was unable to copy past it directly to this blog due to a copyright, I could have gotten permission but why not just post the link. It's a little long but well worth the read.
Copyright 1999 - 2005, Ernest Valea. No part of this work will be used or reproduced by any means without prior permission from the author.
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Monday, October 31st, 2005

Subject:A little time for Confession
Posted by:liffyboy.
Time:10:40 pm.
Mood: uncomfortable.
As not many people have posted anything on this community for a long time i thought i would break the silence. I would like to say I am keeping up with my dharma practice but unfortunately a lot has got in the way of this. Over the last few months on the few occasuions that i have met up with one of my closest friends back home he has denounced my interest in philosophy because in his view it would 'harm my chances with girls'. Well, that's none of his business! I have already told him i have no interest in girls but still he would not listen. And all i wanted was to discuss views and ideas in philosophy with him because he seemed like someone i could talk to (in person) about these things that were of great curiosity to me. Therefore i feel demoralised every time i think about the one thing about me that i feel i'm an expert in. As if i haven't got enough on my plate! :(
Also the fact that I have been considerably reclusive over the last few years means that I would like to catch up on missed culture and social life so i have found less and less time to pursue my spirituality and i suppose laziness has a large part. Additionally, my mood hasn't been brilliant lately so there is even less enthusiasm. Therefore, on this evening, Halloween (All Saints' Eve), I would like to say a little prayer to all purified beings that my sense of moral purpose will improve and I will be able to continue pursuing my dharma in ideal comfort *prays*...
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Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Posted by:joker2168.
Time:12:35 am.
random thoughts

Truth does not care if we believe it or not. Absolute truth will not stop being truth just because we don’t treat it like truth or think that it is wrong, or off. Truth will set you free.
Truth is not dependent.
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Sunday, September 11th, 2005

Subject:did some thinking
Posted by:joker2168.
Time:11:20 pm.
2 Chronicles 7:14
if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

How often is it all looked over? all the evil things we do, not the "big stuff" as some classify things but the "little things" like, how we talk, how we treat other people, how we think, what we listen to, what we watch, how we treat our own family, what we wear, what we do not do but know we should, what we eat, the time we waist, and a whole lot of other things. sometimes we excuse this behavior as "it's not that bad", "my Christian friends do it too" "I’m afraid that wouldn't work out" "it's not like I killed anybody" "it's harmless fun" "it's just for fun" "I just want to be comfortable" "it's classic so it's ok" "it doesn't have that many cuss words" "its just got violence but no sex and not much language" "it's not cussing" "I just need to have fun" "I don't want to offend someone by telling them they are going to hell... or that they are even wrong" "we have liberty in Christ so I can do whatever I want" and countless other little excuses that we use each and every day of our lives.

Lev 20:7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God.
1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Num 15:40 That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.
2Cr 2:8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.

2nd Peter 3:9-10 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

At the base of all these excuse we give is us. We want to be comfortable even at the cost of what is right. How often is it that we find people to take our side so that we can feel that what we are doing or not doing is ok? God doesn't grade on a curve, he lays it out for us but we want to hold each other to our own standards instead. Our standards aren’t as radical as Gods, they don't cause as much controversy and are more comfortable for us. Our pride, we don't want to change because we don't want to be the one who suffers, we don't want to be uncomfortable, we don't want to be different from other people like us or maybe even from the world. Many even question the truth itself (the Bible) because they think that perhaps mans ideas on things are right because we give it a label of "science", or perhaps it's just an idea that makes sin sound not as bad as it really is.

We go to Church on Sundays and maybe even all throughout the week, and many seem to think in their head (even if they aren’t saying it) that they must be ok with God on account of that. Or some don't even think about if they are doing what God wants or not.

Jam 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

1st Cor 3:18-20 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He catches the wise in their own craftiness"; and again, "The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile."

Gal 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Mat 10:34 -39 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Jam 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

1Ti 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

(Could our lack of action be denying him with our lives?)

2Ti 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

Hbr 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

1Pe 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 1Pe 3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1Pe 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
1Pe 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
1Pe 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
1Pe 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
1Pe 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

2 Chronicles 7:14
if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
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Saturday, June 18th, 2005

Posted by:joker2168.
Time:11:20 pm.
well it's been a while and it might be again. I decided today that i need to meditate on the Holy Bible more and whatnot so i may not be posting for another long while... or on the flipside i could be posting more often depending on the results of my meditations.

anyway just for fun here are some proverbs to meditate on.

Be like the tree, do what you were created to do.

In nothingness there is use, in matter there is value.
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Friday, April 1st, 2005

Posted by:shojak.
Time:6:18 pm.
- Name (real or nickname): Shojak
- Age: 20
- Religion: A little bit of a Gnostic, Zen, Mayhanya, Quaker, Realist and much agnosticism, with some residual congregational all tossed up into on big curiosity.
- Do you believe Jesus was a Buddha? Not at all. For that matter I don't believe in "Jesus" and/or "Buddha", but I do believe in who "Jesus" and "Buddha" were.
- What do you hope to gain from this community? It seems like a slow community, so maybe to help others spice it up.
- Anything extra you wish to say here: OM
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Posted by:shojak.
Time:6:06 pm.
So has anyone read The Zen Teachings of Jesus by K. Leong? And if so what are your thoughts on it from both the christan of the buddhist point of view. I honestly have much time to read it but thus far it seems pretty accuate in its portral of the Christ I would believe in, or rather the Christ I would want to learn from. I especially like the comparision thus far between the Sermon on the Mount and the Buddha's (first?) sermon called the Flower Sermon (I think), in which he just holds up a flower and says nothing.
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