So,I was debating whether or not to put this out there but decided to go for it.
A few days ago I picked up a copy of thich nhat hanh's "going home-Jesus and Buddha as brothers"
I really like thich nhat hanh's style of writing and speaking, so when I saw the book I grabbed it. But after flipping through the pages and reading some of his thoughts on both Buddhist and Christian philosophies, and the similarity between the two I realized that I began to resist reading the book because of my previous feelings towards Christianity. I left the Catholic Church when I was young and I never realized that I was still holding negative views against them.
I know the meaning of G-d that thich nhat hanh uses is not the same meaning I am projecting onto the word, and I know that the meaning of Buddha that I am projecting is not the same meaning that thich nhat hanh is using , but even so I can't help but make my projections.
It made me think about how much we don't really listen and take in what others our telling us, but instead we are taking in our version of what others are telling us.
So I am still reading the book and every time I feel my projections coming up, I try to see them for what they are, and let them go. By doing this I am beginning to see that not only were my thoughts on Christianity all wrong, but even my projection about Buddhism were off as well.
Has anyone else ever had a similar experience?