Gospel of Thomas
Per Shroud of Turin research Jesus’s body, in what is known as resurrection, dematerialized into a non-material (spiritual) realm. In the Tibetan Buddhist rainbow body tradition common people likewise spiritualize their corpses.
The spectacularness of a body vanishing into a spirit realm is far exceeded in the knowledge that the dissolution is what the adept intended to do. In a denial of biological design, adepts withdraw their intent to have a material presence. Both Jesus and the Buddha knew how to make the withdrawal. Belief in the agency called self, they tell us, is the vehicle by which the human expresses an intent for a material existence. Selflessness causes a return to the spirit realm. The Gospel of Thomas, as it turns out, is a do-it-yourself handbook on how to die and not leave a corpse behind. It is a westernization of the Buddha’s like teachings.
The Gospel of Thomas (probably written in the late first century) was a lost work until 1945 when a Coptic version was discovered along with a cache of other Gnostic texts at Nag Hammadi, Egypt. It was declared heretical by early Church fathers and was given a death sentence by excluding it from the approved canon. Thomas is a sayings gospel; Jesus said this, Jesus said that. Crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, miracle working, virgin birth and so forth are notable by their absence.
Saying Number 1 goes like this: “Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death.” Another saying stresses the need to eliminate all duality of thought; that is to look through the diversity in mother nature and see sameness in everything. Yet another tells of the need to eliminate the notion of self. Self is the agency, a mental creation in all regards, that causes the person to think he or she is different than the person standing next to them. Self must be eliminated if duality of thought is to be overcome. Elsewhere, Jesus notes of the marvel of marvels when the human body transforms to spirit. Thomas teachings rest at the core of Dzogchen, the method Tibetan Buddhists use to attain rainbow body.
Death without leaving a corpse behind is a teachable skill so much so that schools are available in Tibet to teach how.