For want of a better way of putting it, Christian theology eventually turns into an intricate labyrinth as compared with Buddhism. This is not meant to suggest, however, that Buddhism cannot become also a labyrinth. The point I wish to make is that some religions are more labyrinthine than others, hence, making it difficult to find the way from the entrance to the center.
More than often with our imagination we are over confident that the center is in view or close at hand. But from the center-side, we are still far away from it and, at this rate, we are not likely to ever find the center!
In the example of Christianity, as a Buddhist I want to reach its center in the same way that I reach the center of Buddhism which is the gnosis of the unconditioned (i.e., nirvana). But what I am confronted with in Christianity is a variety of doctrines which, more than often, seem to turn into intellectual constructions which have little or no bearing, directly, on the spiritual life and gnosis.
Don’t get me wrong, I am overjoyed to read about the Hesychast mystic tradition of Eastern Orthodox spirituality in which the saint who is sufficiently purified attains divine union with the same light that was manifested to Jesus' disciples on Mount Tabor at the Transfiguration. But realistically, how much of Christianity is here?
Turning to Buddhism, the “light/phos of Tabor” (Φῶς του Θαβώρ) is the luminous Mind of which the Buddha speaks in this passage.
“Oh! monks. The mind is luminous when it obtains release from the adventitious defilements” (A. i. 10).
As a Buddhist, I would prefer that Christianity aim for the simple, that is, awakening to the light of Tabor by purification of the mind—at least begin here. For without this awakening Christianity becomes a vast labyrinth that is not moving to the center so much as it has lost all sense of direction. And the same applies with Buddhism if Buddhists don’t realize the luminous Mind, who then get carried away by the doctrinal which easily turns into mere intellectual constructions which are, certainly, not luminous.