Quotes: Many paths to God/Tao/Inner peace
The great good God looked down and smiled
And counted each his loving child,
For monk and Brahmin, Turk and Jew
Loved Him through the gods they knew.
(Alfred, Lord Tennyson) [ Tennyson on Wikipedia | Tennyson on Amazon ]
If you are a Christian, you feel that Jesus Christ is your home. It’s very comfortable to think of Jesus as your home. If you are a Buddhist, then it’s very nice to think of the Buddha as your home. Your home is available in the here and the now. Christ is there, the Buddha is there. The practice is how to touch them, how to touch your home. You call Christ the Living Christ, so you cannot believe that Christ is only someone who lived in the past, and is no longer there. He is ever-present. Your practice is how to touch him; he is your home. If you are a Buddhist, you practice very much in the same way. You invoke the name of the Buddha as one of the ways to touch the Buddha, because you know that he is your home. The living Christ, the living Buddha is your home.
(Thich Nhat Hanh, Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers (Thich Nhat Hanh) – Amazon) [ Thich Nhat Hanh on Wikipedia, Thich Nhat Hanh on Amazon ]
God comes in many names and forms, but He is all one and the same, the Creator. Unfortunately, people will say that their way is the only way, that their God is the only God; that only their way will bring you into the gates of heaven. When will people realize that there is but one way, the Creator’s way? This way is for all and gives every being the right to choose their path in life. If the right path is picked, then it will lead to the Whole – Home. The spiritual path that we walk does not choose the way for [other] people to believe… One is not condemned for their own beliefs in the Creator. For us, it is very simple: all living beings were created by the Creator – therefore, all things are part of the whole, and part of the Creator.
(Dennis Renault and Timothy Freke: Thorson’s Principles of Native American Spirituality, p. ix)
Religions are different roads converging on the same point… I believe that all religions of the world are true, more or less. I say “more or less” because I believe that everything the human hand touches, by reason of the very fact that human beings are imperfect, becomes imperfect.
(Gandhi) [ Mahatma Gandhi on Wikipedia, Gandhi on Amazon ]
In past centuries, there have been many learned teachers who have laid down various paths to the realization of Truth. Among them, Lord Buddha is one, and my study of Buddhism has led me to form the opinion that, despite the differences in the names and the forms used in the various religions, the ultimate truth to which they point is the same.
(HHDL – His Holiness the Dalai Lama) [ The Dalai Lama on Amazon ]