Forever looking to the past, they dishonor the always present, living body of Buddha.
As far as I can tell, GnoTruth is about Gnosis, and “Gnosis” is discussed by many traditions (although, with different terminology). So, this post must touch Christian and Buddhist ideas. These are the two traditions that dominate my mental map of the spiritual landscape.
So, Jesus also said something about this “Living Dharmakaya”, in the Gospel of Thomas.
His students said to him,
Twenty-four prophets have spoken in Israel
and they all spoke of you.
He said to them,
You have disregarded the living one among you
and have spoken of the dead.
He is rebuking those who want to justify his presence with the words of old dead people. You already know the kind of people he is talking to. They constantly point to the bible, gloss over the contradictions, and pretend that Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies of Hebrew Scripture.
The Living Jesus is the body of his teaching. Unfortunately, his teaching has been buried by miles of bureaucratic politicking. Now, thanks (mostly) to Paul, Christians just worship his bloody corpse as it hangs from the cross– a truly dead symbol.
The Christian Ecclesiastic Hierarchy was established relatively quickly (when compared with Buddhism), so we had a bunch of priests running around feeling entitled, puffed up, thinking that they had the Orthodox teaching. The urge to orthodoxy is ridiculous.
It is really wild that they should have chosen such disgusting rituals. They ignore the teachings, drink his blood, and eat his body. This is the pinnacle of “blasphemy”. They killed Jesus and seek to kill themselves (along with the rest of the world) in his name.
The Dharmakaya of Jesus was destroyed and substituted with delusional worship of various fictional biographies and various wild illogical assertions about reality. Jesus taught a different teaching. Parts of his teaching can be reconstructed through textual analysis. Some teachings have multiple attestation. We can imagine that Jesus probably taught those teachings.
Enough about Jesus. I love some of the teachings that are attributed to him. I have felt a lot of pain, and I see a lot of pain, that results from Christianity. It is almost possible to say that today’s Christianity is Anti-Jesus.
Buddha’s Teaching Body.
1. Now the Blessed One spoke to the Venerable Ananda, saying: “It may be, Ananda, that to some among you the thought will come: ‘Ended is the word of the Master; we have a Master no longer.’ But it should not, Ananda, be so considered. For that which I have proclaimed and made known as the Dhamma and the Discipline, that shall be your Master when I am gone.
In other words, the Buddha’s teaching shall be the guide. The body of the Buddha’s teaching is ‘Master’. Too bad we don’t have any surefire way to test whether or not a teaching descends from the Buddha… There is no way to externally verify the value of a teaching. In order to discern clearly, we must practice.
As we practice, others observe our conduct and they are influenced– this is how the Dharmakaya lives. This is how we share BuddhaDharma. If we sat everyone down and forced them to read our scriptures and accept our doctrines as universally applicable, we would only receive resentment. If we tried to convince them of historical authenticity, the positivists– those who demand repeatable experience, observation, and all that kind of stuff– we should only receive pity for looking like such fools.
The Dharmakaya is alive. There is no convincing necessary. Only suggestion: “practice like this, not like that”– or, “practice like that and not like this”. Find someone who is offering advice, follow their advice, see if the fruits are worthy, continue the practice or stop practicing in such a way. You are the judge, the prosecutor, the defendant, and the jury. Other people will say things, but you are the one that will follow blindly, verify with analysis, or reject as foolish.