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The loving kindness that the Buddha speaks of (which is often translated as compassion in Buddhist literature) and the love of God that Jesus talks about are pointing to the same foundational reality. Both of them see love and compassion as the full and final source and goal of religion. The goal of religion is to make people like God and “God is Love” (1 John 4:8).

How can we move into the wisdom of both Jesus and the Buddha? First, we Christians can start with honest Jesus scholarship, which is now readily available. We can be honest about who Jesus really was and what Jesus was really saying before we made him into “our” religion. Second, we need more concrete practice concerning the issues of the many levels of healing that Jesus was clearly concerned about, much clearer than any founding of a church institution or making dogmatic declarations. Then we will see for ourselves the immense similarities between the teaching of Jesus and the teaching of the Buddha.

Richard Rohr, “Jesus & Buddha”

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