There is the historical Buddha, Guatama
and there is the living Buddha within us all
who, like the Image of God/Cosmic Christ within
transcends all space/time/concepts
and is constantly Present.
Saint Pope John Paul II wrote that Buddhism
is “negative atheism” but the Second Vatican Council
saw that “Buddhism recognizes the radical insufficiency
of this shifting world, and teaches a Way
to absolute freedom and supreme enlightenment
through our own efforts and higher assistance” –
presumably help from Bodhisattvas.
Buddhists practice detachment
but Meister Eckhart taught liberation
thru “unpossessiveness” –
detachment involves rejecting the world
but unpossessiveness makes us lighthearted
and free to follow God.
Even in our daily sufferings/frustration/pain
we can experience God’s action transforming us
if we are faithful to the Inner Calling
of the living Buddha/Image of God/Cosmic Christ.
Canadian poet/singer Leonard Cohen:
“There is a crack in everything –
that’s how the light gets in.”
Canadian folk legend/activist Bruce Cockburn:
“You have to kick at the darkness
till it bleeds daylight.”
You must fight to create the cracks
that let in the light.
But the 81 stanzas
of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
suggest the Way of Peace and Surrender
is always superior to the Way of Force.