Psychology and Religion: West and East (The Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Volume 11)

Between the Christian and the Buddhist mandala there is a subtle but enormous difference.

The Christian during contemplation would never say “/ am Christ,” but will confess with Paul: “Not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Gal. 2 : 20).

Our sutra, however, says: “Thou wilt know that thou art the Buddha.”

At bottom the two confessions are identical, in that the Buddhist only attains this knowledge when he is anatman, “without self.”

But there is an immeasurable difference in the formulation.

The Christian attains his end in Christ, the Buddhist knows he is the Buddha.

The Christian gets out of the transitory and ego-bound world of consciousness, but the Buddhist still reposes on the eternal ground of his inner nature, whose oneness with Deity, or with universal Being, is confirmed in other Indian testimonies. ~Carl Jung, Psychology and Religion, Paragraph 949.