Immediately’s science sees gentle and matter as convertible, that matter may be very sluggish shifting gentle or “frozen gentle.” This places a dagger into dualism that separates spirit from matter as a result of spirit world wide is named Gentle.
That is true, amongst different locations, in Buddhism and in Christianity. Christianity talks about “Christ as Gentle”—“I’m the Gentle of the world” and Christ as doxa or radiance or shining gentle. That is the Cosmic Christ.
In Buddhism, the phrase for ignorance is avidya and this imply actually “the shortage of sunshine.” Vidya or understanding means “made of sunshine.” As a result of gentle exists in all issues, all issues preach of the Buddha.
That is how Thich Nhat Hanh places it:
The timber, the birds, the violet bamboo, and the yellow chrysanthemums are all preaching the Dharma that Shakyamuni [the historical Buddha] preached 2,500 years in the past. We will be in contact with him via any of those. He’s a residing Buddha, all the time obtainable.
Immediately’s science, after wrestling with the query: Is gentle a particle or a wave? lastly got here to this consciousness: It’s each/and. Generally gentle is wave, typically gentle is particle.
It appears to me this understanding is instantly relevant to the religious realities of the historic Jesus and the Cosmic Christ; and of the historic Buddha and the Residing Buddha.
The historic Jesus is a particle of sunshine—as all of us are, as all particular person beings are, a particle of sunshine made up of particles of sunshine.
The Christ however is the wave of sunshine coursing via historical past. What Père Chenu calls “steady creation” and “steady incarnation.”
Thus all historical past and all matter is sacred, the presence of the Christ amongst us over 13.8 billion years.
The identical will be mentioned of the Buddha Nature. The historic Buddha was a particle, a really enlightened particle, a person who lived his life and second in historical past. However after his demise his dharma or educating carries on, and he’s known as the “Buddha Nature.” Identical to the resurrected and Cosmic Christ does the identical.
Whereas for some, this seems like a brand new Christology, actually it’s the oldest Christology within the New Testomony (and is rooted within the Knowledge teachings of Israel).
Tailored from Matthew Fox, One River, Many Wells: Knowledge Springing from World Faiths, p. 76.
See additionally: Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ.
And Matthew Fox and Bishop Marc Andrus, Stations of the Cosmic Christ.
And Fox and Andrus, Stations of the Cosmic Christ Meditation Playing cards and Information Booklet
To learn the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video educating, click on HERE.
Banner Picture: “The Mountain of Buddha.” Picture by Daniel Arrhakis on Flickr.
Queries for Contemplation
At what age did you first hear in regards to the Cosmic Christ and the way did you hear about it? When did you hear in regards to the Buddha Nature? Or how the tselem or picture of God is to be present in all beings together with the Cosmos itself as an entire?
Matthew Fox calls on all of the world traditions for his or her knowledge and their inspiration in a piece that’s excess of a listing of theological place papers however a brand new strategy to pray—to meditate in a worldwide religious context on the knowledge all our traditions share. Fox chooses 18 themes which might be foundational to any spirituality and demonstrates how all of the world religious traditions supply knowledge about every.
“Studying One River, Many Wells is like coming into the wealthy silence of a masterfully directed retreat. As you learn this textual content, you replicate, you pray, you embrace Divinity. Really no phrases can totally specific my respect and awe for this magnificent contribution to modern spirituality.” –Caroline Myss, writer of Anatomy of the Spirit
The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Therapeutic of Mom Earth and the Beginning of a World Renaissance
In what could also be thought of probably the most complete define of the Christian paradigm shift of our Age, Matthew Fox eloquently foreshadows the way through which the spirit of Christ resurrects when it comes to the return to an earth-based mysticism, the expression of creativity, mystical sexuality, the respect due the younger, the rebirth of efficient types of worship—all of those mirroring the continued blessings of Mom Earth and the restoration of Eros, the female side of the Divine.
“The eighth marvel of the world…convincing proof that our Western non secular custom does certainly have the depth of creativeness to reinvent its religion.” — Brian Swimme, writer or The Universe Story and Journey of the Universe.
It is a e book of meditations on the Cosmic Christ, accompanying the pictures of 16 fantastic clay tablets by Javier Ullrrich Lemus and M.C. Richards. Collectively, these photos and meditations go far past the normal Stations of the Cross to encourage a spirit awakening and understanding of the cosmic Christ Consciousness, Buddha consciousness, and consciousness of the picture of God in all beings, so wanted in our occasions.
“A divinely impressed e book that have to be learn by each human being dedicated to religious and world survival. It’s cosmically good.” — Caroline Myss, writer of Anatomy of the Spirit
Stations of the Cosmic Christ Meditation Playing cards and Information Booklet
Stunning full-color playing cards from Stations of the Cosmic Christ to assist in your meditations on the Cosmic Christ, that includes the pictures of 16 fantastic clay tablets by Javier Ullrrich Lemus and M.C. Richards. Step past the normal Stations of the Cross and expertise a spirit awakening and understanding of the cosmic Christ Consciousness, Buddha consciousness, and consciousness of the picture of God in all beings, so wanted in our occasions. Consists of an instruction booklet containing ideas on use the playing cards.