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If everyone truly practices what the Bible or the Buddhist Sutra teaches, they will never quarrel with each other, and all religions will be happy with each other and celebrate in the same church. The Pope will come to the temple, the monks will go to the church, and there will be no problems.

There’s only one religion — that is the religion of God, of love, of understanding. There’s only one church, one temple — that is the temple of enlightenment. Come to that temple, and then we will know all religions of the world.

From “Rise to the Realm of Enlightenment Together”
News 111, Master’s Says
Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Costa Rica
December 16, 1990
(originally in English)

When we call God by different names it is all right. You may call your wife “my darling,” “my apple pie,” “my sugar candy” or “honey pie,” whatever you want. Similarly, we have to allow people of different mentalities and different preferences to call God by different names. It is so logical. I’m so surprised that most people don’t understand this and fight over the names. It’s okay if you call your wife “cookie” and if the neighbor calls his wife “apple pie”. It’s the same thing. If we call God by the name of Allah, Jehovah, the highest Buddha Nature, the Anuttara-Samyak-Sambodha, the Almighty, the Beloved, the Father, the Mother, the Creator, God or anything else. What does it matter?

Therefore many people think that I preach many religions at once. No, no. I only preach one — the religion of Truth, the religion of wisdom, the religion of love.

From “Practicing Makes The World More Civilized”
News 55, Media Reports
Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Columbia University, New York, USA
November 3, 1989
(originally in English)

The church, the outside church, mosque, and temple, are symbols of the kingdom of God within us, which are built to remind us of our own temple, of which Jesus said, Know you not that you are the temple of God and the Holy Spirit lives within you.

I think that the church and the temple are very holy, sacred symbols of our devotion to God. Every time we pass through a church, a mosque, or the temple of any religion, we should truly remind ourselves of the reverence we have for these symbols of worship. It probably would be better if the people who come to these temples, churches or mosques truly could find their God within, within their temples also, not only in the brick temple but also in the true temple of God.

From “The True Meaning of Church, Mosque, Temple and Pyramid”
News 111, You May Not Know
Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
March 9, 1993
(originally in English)

Q: Based on whose guidance do you practice? How do we name your religion?

M: I said to you that I have no religion. What I mean is every religion is my religion. I respect all religions, because every religion teaches people to do good things, to be good to each other, and to be kind to all beings. If any people who belong to any religion do the opposite, then that is their personal responsibility, not the responsibility of the religion, or the religious founder. So we can not say that any religion is no good. We can only say that some people who follow such and such religion do not understand that religion, and they do something opposite. Okay. So, any of your religions is my religion. I only tell you to remind you of the goodness of your religion, and to tell you to believe more in your God, your Buddha, your Tao, whatever you believe in. But, you must know what you believe in. You should get in contact with that power that you believe in. If you haven’t gotten in contact with that power, that Christ power, that God power, that Buddha power, then I can help you, that’s all. If you practice the Quan Yin Method you can get in touch with Jesus, with Buddha, with Mohammed, with Allah, with whomever you believe in. Because this is the way to everywhere. Understand that? Just like you get on the highway, you can go very quickly. You can go to different places from this highway, but this is the fast way to go.

From “The Key of Immediate Enlightenment - Questions and Answers 1”
Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Penang, Malaysia • October 1, 1989
(originally in English)

I do not tell you to change your religious beliefs, occupation, or way of life, but just to know the Truth. Because the Truth is inherent in all underlying religious principles.

From News 129, Aphorisms
Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Hawaii, USA
March 27, 1993
(originally in English) Videotape #341


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