futerko wrote:It was a cynical reference to Jesus, in the light of what Jikan wrote about, "other writers in the "spirituality" section such as Ken Wilber, Marc Gafni, Andrew Cohen, &c."
It seems to me the difference is not necessarily whether their ideas are consistent with Buddhadharma or not, but rather the kind of arrogant egoism that can emerge as a result of believing you have single-handedly discovered the Truth. Actually I'm not so familiar with the other authors, but Ken Wilber's name stuck out to me there.
There is only one absolute Truth, and all other truths emanate from it.
When you find that Truth, your actions will be in alignment with it. Human
action can reflect the Truth, or it can reflect illusion. Can the Truth be put
into words? Yes, but the words are, of course, not it. They only point to it.
The Truth is inseparable from who you are. Yes, you are the truth. If
you look for it elsewhere, you will be deceived every time. The very Being
that you are is Truth. Jesus tried to convey that when he said, “I am the way
and the truth and the life.”2 These words uttered by Jesus are one of the most
powerful and direct pointers to the Truth, if understood correctly. If
misinterpreted, however, they become a great obstacle. Jesus speaks of the
innermost I Am, the essence identity of every man and woman, every lifeform,
in fact. He speaks of the life that you are. Some Christian mystics have
called it the Christ within; Buddhists call it your Buddha nature; for Hindus,
it is Atman, the indwelling God. When you are in touch with that dimension
within yourself – and being in touch with it is your natural state, not some
miraculous achievement – all your actions and relationships will reflect the
oneness with all life that you sense deep within. This is love.