Thomas, I think you might be right in the sense that Buddhism - and more specifically Anatma doctrine - is focused on the deconstruction of self and removing afflictions (freeing the mind from illusory projections). But this is valuable in term of opening the mind to "Other" - i.e., transcendental nothingness and divine emptiness. The resulting insight, in turn, provides rationale and motive force for practice (self-discipline and service). Buddhist and Christian approaches may very well involve identifiable religious distinctions at the level of doctrine, but that doesn't mean they are at cross-purposes or detract from each other in terms of transformational efficacy. These approaches can actually be mutually transformational. One augments the other. Such attempts to save Christianity from the pantheism are not uncommon and typically propose a concept of unchanging, lifeless identity in an effort to confer eternality. The irony is that the Church's Trinity doctine is actually a full-flegged instance of panentheistic ideology with an unfortunate (and probably unintended) consequence of limiting Incarnation to a single historical instance 2000 years ago! My own view is more along the lines of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. In "How I Believe," he observed that the total Christ - aka "World Soul" - is completed through historical revelation and the developmental progress of evolution and transformation. The emergent process - the "Universal Christ" is necessarily changing and evolving even as the phenomenal world is changing. Indeed, Christ is becoming "greater in order to remain the same Christ" in the context of history. "I am the vine, and you are the branches' (John 15:5). As it turns out, the growth of the branches is also the growth of the vine. Unfortunately, language can be misleading and deceptive, particularly when it's ideological language used to create an impression of differences even where religions converge. Such language may be very rhetorically contrived. I prefer communications that are both precise and experientially meaningful.