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Jesus Christ and the Buddha Duality

Jesus Christ

Raised on Jesus

Jesus was a big part of my youth, as my parents raised me in the Catholic tradition, which means I was baptized, had my holy communion, was confirmed, and my wife and I had our wedding in a Roman Catholic church.

As I “wandered” through my teens suddenly wondering what life was all about outside of school and the teachings of the Catholic Church, I began reading books on Hinduism, Yoga and other Indian writings like the Bhagavad Gita and The Vedas. In high school, friends started calling me Hindu Rull because I would carry around books on Hinduism.

Buddhist Thought

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. ~Buddha

Then I fell into Buddhism, not really understanding what it was all about, but intrigued by something new as far as a belief system goes. And, I would read books on Hinduism, Buddhism and Eastern Philosophy whenever I could. I was enchanted by the East!

Sunday Catechism class was okay, but I became bored with it, and I guess in my case familiarity bred contempt for something I grew with, combined with a longing for something else out there.

Reincarnation

In college years, I met my wife and had a very uncanny experience when I first met her, as it was already as if I had known her before in another lifetime, which solidified my belief toward the concept of reincarnation. Speaking of reincarnation, I have had a few visions where I’m living in the past in Asia: 1) Somewhere in either Northern India, The Himalayas or Nepal. 2) I have “memories” of being a child in what looked like Japan or Mainland China. So, though not entirely believing it, the possibility that I lived before in another life somewhere in Asia is a big part of why I have been so fascinated by Asia my whole life.

Zen and the Dalai Lama

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. ~Buddha

Nowadays, I study Buddhism; both Zen teachings as well as the Dalai Lama’s teachings. I don’t consider myself a scholar by any means, but rather, an eternal student of this religion and philosophy. And I do consider it more of a philosophy in which the teachings are obviously full of wisdom.

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. ~Dalai Lama

Jesus and Buddha

“Put your sword back into its place; for those who live by the sword, die by the sword. ~Jesus …Matthew 26:52.

On the other side, I still respect and admire the teachings of Jesus Christ. Although, I am a bit turned off by the blatant righteousness of Christ’s followers, and their propensity to condemn many outside of their religion or teachings. But I always thought Jesus taught love and compassion, and to love your enemies.

But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. ~Jesus …Luke 6:27-32

But love and compassion is the same thing Buddha taught. So, in my mind, I try to follow the best teachings from both masters.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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