The Noble Eightfold Path of Christ - Jesus Teaches the Dharma of Buddhism
The ancient Theravada Buddhist canonical suttas, the beloved Mahayana Buddhist sutras, and the Tao Te Ching have been lovingly mined for concepts and realizations. These ideas resonate with the heart of the teachings of Jesus the Nazarene as preserved in the Christian gospels. Presented in the arrangement and context of Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path, the truths presented are timeless and universal as a complete religion in themselves, says the author. The author describes the book as serving as the message of Jesus to the world in the context of Christian of Eastern thought, and points out that it is not really a Christian work. This is foremost a Buddhist writing, devoted to the same Dharma that Buddha so loved and taught 2500 years ago. It is presented through the teachings of the One who is called the Christ in the Western world. Then again, this is not really a Buddhist work as the linkage the author has made between the concepts of Christ and Buddha create a synthesis that transcends Christianity and Buddhism. The heart of this Dharma cannot really be defined of confined by a system of thought. It lives on the immediacy of the expression of those who take it to heart.
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The Noble Eight-Fold path of Christ and the Buddha 2003 Author :Thomas Ragland
The coverpage itself is interesting because it has three squares each of 13 X 13 ;7 X7 and 4 X 4 around a single square in the middle and a Brahmi KA albhabat (which is also called the Chithrakoota or Naaga symbol and is seen right from the cavedwelling people of India to Indus valley Harappan times and still seen in serpent shrines and is adopted by Christians as the Cross symbol. Around the 4X 4 square is a circle thus completing a Thanthric Magic sqauare and a Globe.
The author compares teachings of Buddha and Christ or the Yeshua .He lived only 30 years according to Christian tradition but according to Arab/Islam and Buddhist Traditions Christ lived upto 120 years as a lama in Tibet and taught Buddhist doctrines. No wonder the teachings are akin to Buddhism. Buddha lived for 80 years and these two teachers are separated in time for 500 years and in space (place of birth) 3000 miles apart .Yet how the teachings were given to Christ by Buddha through his monasteric disciples I Tibet is researched by a Grman Professsor (which I read in 1998) in a Book "Jesus lived in India".The present authordoes not speak of that at all.
He mentions the eightfold path of Buddha and that of Christ as the Dharmma. The kingdom (Basiliea in Greek language) is the extent of the country, of God and of a Political unit , and also of Heaven.But more importantly the word basis or foundation is derived from that word. Therefore it is the foundation or Dharma on which all exists.Thus kingdom,kingdom of God and of Heaven which Christ speaks of is the Dharmma,says Ragland.The essentials of Buddhism and Buddhist Dharmma is based on Ahimsa which is a Vedic dharmma in India and Kshathriyas were transformed from the warrior class to the Brahminic class when they stopped wars and adopted a life of Ahimsa. Such instances are many in indian history. Before Buddha also such histories abound in Purana. Buddha belonged to a kshathriya clan , the Sooryavansi to which Rama also belonged.When he became enlightened , he became converted to a sathwik personality from aRajasic personality and such transformation was praised by all. From what Ragland says, one has to assume that Christ also must have embraced Non-violence and only such people were in his group of disciples. Then when did the habit of ahimsa vanish from Christianity ? Most probably when Constantine issued a Royal order and assumed Christianity as official religion of the state. Ragland does not mention about this;but one just wonders !!!
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