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Lost for 1,600 years...

Jesus: Teacher of Enlightenment
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Jesus said, "The Kingdom is within you and it is outside of you"

 
The below website link will connect you with a different image of  Jesus of Nazareth that most of you are not familiar with. Our Gospel of Thomas website offers an open-minded exploration into the mystical sayings and belief system of Jesus that directly related to Shin and Zen Buddhist teachings. Included are commentaries and historical analysis..
 

Enlightenment for All

 
 
Exploring the Gospel of Thomas, we discover that Jesus believed the self and the divine to be identical and one. Furthermore the Kingdom of God is not in the future but is “right here.” and one only needs to be awakened to this perfection.  Jesus, in this gospel, speaks of enlightenment, the same type that is taught by Shakyamuni Buddha, Shin teachers and Zen Masters. In addition Thomas does not have a narrative story line but just 114 sayings attributed to Jesus, many of which are akin to Zen koans. Here, Jesus is never presented as a Savior, but rather as a spiritual guide who is equal to his students. In addition, the Gospel of Thomas does not contain a supernatural virgin birth.  It does not teach of original sin ...

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