Life is a little like being on the Titanic, friends. We don’t want to admit it, but the ship is sinking. We can spend our remaining brief moments arguing about the temperature of the water or we can find peace together, even if we don’t all agree precisely on what “peace” means.
Jesus: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6
Buddha: “As life is dear to oneself, it is dear also to other living beings: by comparing oneself with others, good people bestow pity on all beings.” Dhammapada 10
Jesus: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.” Luke 6
Buddha: “If anyone should give you a blow with his hand, with a stick, or with a knife, you should abandon any desires and utter no evil words.” Majjhima Nikaya 21
Jesus: “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take the sword will perish by the sword.” Matthew 26:52
Buddha: “Having abandoned the destruction of life, the recluse Gotama abstains from the destruction of life. He has laid aside the rod and the sword, and dwells conscientious, full of kindness, compassionate for the welfare of all living beings.” Digha Nikaya 1
Let a person’s actions speak for themselves rather than judging a person’s “beliefs.” Those who see the differences among people: may we all endeavor to see the similarities first and foremost. We’re all going down with the ship and we have the choice to either find faults or find peace.
I hope you are well today. I will write again soon, friends.
* Just a quick note — anyone who has interest in it, I’m thinking about compiling a list of textual parallels I’ve found between Buddhist and Christian scriptures and creating a page of them. If you happen to see or realize any as you read, please feel free to share them with me.