July 15-A, 2022

Laurel Hill Preserve Barn 11/11/2014 Oil Paint Rendered BW — Laurel Hill Farm, Gaston, County, North Carolina
Thich Nhat Hanh said that Jesus
was the western Buddha.

He could have said the Buddha
was the eastern Jesus.

Everybody who knows the truth
knows the same thing.

Everybody who does the truth,
does the same things.

Truth is the great connector.

If there is disagreement,
someone is not being truthful.

Jesus and the Buddha would see eye-to-eye.
Their disciples would excommunicate one another,
or worse.

Particularly, Jesus' disciples.
Jesus disciples sent those
who disagreed with them
to be burned at the stake.
Can you imagine that?
Disciples of the Prince of Peace
killing people who hold to a
different idea about Jesus
than the official orthodox view?

Who could believe in the God they believe in?

Q. Why would anybody believe in the God 
they believe in?
A. Because if they don't,
they will be burned at the stake.

Meister Eckhart said,
"The final leave-taking
is leaving God for God."
And he was assassinated
by those who did not like
the way he thought about God.

Forcing one's way is tantamount
to having lost the way,
to being off the path,
and wandering without direction
through the barren wasteland forever.

Thich Nhat Hanh will be their guide
to the Other Shore
if they choose to follow him.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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