The Buddha and Jesus lived 500 years apart. These two highly evolved, enlightened beings, experienced the pinnacle of human spiritual development and devoted their lives to sharing the fruit of their wisdom with us. It is probably not too surprising to learn that the foundation of their teachings is characterized by metta (loving kindness) for the Buddha and agape (unconditional love) for Jesus. The three classes will look at the remarkable parallels in their teachings, the teachings that originated from their experience of Ultimate Reality.
Kosho McCall, Head Teacher and Priest is a Soto Zen Buddhist Priest and Teacher in the lineage of Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki. He was born in Indiana in 1948 and grew up in Maine. He ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1976 and in 1988 went to study at the San Francisco Zen Center for the next 20 years. He ordained as a Zen priest in 1997. For twelve years he lived and trained at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, becoming its Head of Monastic Practice in 2004. He received Dharma Transmission (permission to teach) from his teacher, Zenkei Hartman Roshi. In 2009, Kosho accepted the Austin Zen Center’s invitation to become their Zen teacher.