Iconodule wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:41 pm
As a Buddhist of course you are bound to regard Christianity as an inferior vehicle to the Buddha Dharma. I understand and respect this position. We don't have to agree on everything to have useful discussions. Now if you say, "I do not care a whit for God's Kingdom," because you regard it as a transient (if long and blissful) deva realm, I might explain why I consider God (and God's kingdom) to be quite different from the devas described in Buddhism. Am I going to convince you? Highly unlikely (and not my purpose here) but I think it is always good when people with different views understand each other better.
I recently lived in St. Petersburg for half a year, and before that spent a year (in Las Vegas) attending an Orthodox church (All Saints; Hello Bishop Nikolai, if you're out there). I've read everything by Seraphim Rose, he being my on-ramp to Orthodox thought, and much more from the tradition, from the desert fathers, &c.
I do not posit that theosis is in any way the rather curious and cartoonish Cloud City Stuff of popular culture, and I have zero doubt, honestly zero, about the (so to speak) conventional truth of the mystery of Christ. The reason I started this thread was precisely because I believe in the fact of God. The reason I started this thread here
is because I found the above's conceptualization of YHWH's status, alongside lower-g co-creators, to have an interesting analogue in Buddhist cosmology.
The Buddha was pretty clear about the pointlessness of such thinking, but being culturally Christian (having been born a Catholic, having spent my youth in a Pentacostal church, having gone through various other permutations, (Gnosticism, Calvinism, Sedevacantist congregations...), I find it basically personally impossible to work fully from within the terms set out by both orthodox/Orthodox Christianity and the various cultural Buddhisms.
It's a bit of a pickle, you see.
What I find particularly interesting, and this probably comes from having spent a lot of time in-and-among the perennialists, is the possibility that certain mystical strains in the various manifestations of ultimate (non-conventional) Truth actually resolve themselves harmoniously, in something like a Godhead, which for whatever reason has resolved itself in my thinking to approximate (or at the very least is best spoken of by) a kind of radical emptiness. I really do think that Buddhists, Sufis, "mystical" Christians, Vedantists, &c., share a more-or-less complementary, and perhaps even somehow necessary, approach to Truth that should be explored.
Whatever the case: Happy Easter. (Even though it's not Orthodox Easter of course.) <3