Monday, December 14, 2009
Kingdom of Heaven
The goal of Buddhism is to achieve enlightenment, which is a state of mind and a way of being (and may also involve other things according to some Buddhist Masters). Jesus spoke frequently about the kingdom of heaven, saying things like - The kingdom of God is in the midst of you – or - The kingdom of heaven is at hand (which can also be translated as the kingdom of heaven is now). Most Christians believe that heaven is a place that you go to after you die (if you are good). But many Christians also believe that Jesus was referring a state of mind or a way of being that can be achieved by the living. The main idea behind Buddhist Christianity is that Jesus was referring to the state of enlightenment when he talked about the kingdom of heaven.