Saturday, 11 June 2011

Buddha and Jesus - Sermon on the Mount

Shortly before my dear father passed away we discussed Christianity (he was a sometimes Methodist and a follower of Lord Donald Soper ) and at that time I was a militant atheist and communist. We honed in on the sermon on the mount as a passage in the Bible that had great power and encapsulated what is at the heart of true Christian belief - we both agreed this was a wonderful speech and probably the best in the Bible. I remembered this after he died and we read this at his funeral as a tribute to him. It strikes me that Jesus in the heart of his teachings has a lot of similarities to Buddhism and I have explored this previously in the blog. The Jesus that comes to us today has been filtered through generations of tradition and orthodoxy . But as the saying goes all roads lead to Rome. Take a short time to listen and enjoy these great words and a great performance by Robert Powell.

"Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace." Buddha

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