Deus non alligatur. God is not bound. Nibbanam paramam sukham. Unbinding is the Highest Happiness. The Heart is Divinity. God is the primal radiance of Divinity. Nature is the primal manifestation of Divinity. The Buddha is the primal realization of Divinity. La ilaha il Allah. Allah is Complete Wholeness.

11 July 2007


Christianity posits the Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Buddhism also has a trinity: the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha. However, these two trinities do not exist in a simple one-to-one correspondence-relationship. For instance, the Father is not merely analogous to the Buddha; the Son to the Dhamma; the Holy Spirit to the Sangha. Jivanta (the Heart, the Beloved, the Buddhas, the Jivanta), though, helps clarify all of this.

In Christianity, the Father represents the Heart and the Beloved; the Son represents the Buddhas; and the Holy Spirit represents Jivanta, or the "heart" of Jivanta present in all Living Beings.

In Buddhism, the Buddha represents the Beloved; the Dhamma represents the Heart; and the Sangha includes both the Buddhas and the Jivanta.

Thus, using Jivanta as the connecting link, we can propose the following: the Father of Christianity corresponds to both the Buddha and the Dhamma of Buddhism; the Son of Christianity corresponds to a portion of the Sangha in Buddhism; and the Holy Spirit of Christianity corresponds to a portion of the Sangha in Buddhism.

232 Christians are baptized "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit". Before receiving the sacrament, they respond to a three-part question when asked to confess the Father, the Son and the Spirit: "I do." "The faith of all Christians rests on the Trinity".

Buddham saranam gacchami
I go to the Buddha for refuge.
Dhammam saranam gacchami
I go to the Dhamma for refuge.
Sangham saranam gacchami
I go to the Sangha for refuge.

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