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Buddhism and Christianity

Christianity Origins, Christianity History, Christianity Beliefs. Buddhism Origins, Buddhism History, Buddhism Beliefs. Jesus and Buddha: Numerous Similarities. A number of recent books have proposed the idea that Buddha and Jesus are practically brothers. Close to the end of Living Buddha, Living Christ, Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh asserted, "When you are a truly happy Christian, you are also a Buddhist. And vice versa. "1 In the controversial book Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings, New Testament scholar Marcus J. Borg claimed that both religious founders espoused a "world-subverting wisdom that undermined and challenged conventional ways of seeing and being in their time and in every time. " Borg claimed that both were teachers of wisdom, not only regarding "moral behavior, but about the 'center,' the place from which moral perception and moral behavior flow.

" Both, according to Borg, "were teachers of the way less traveled. And in a Catholic magazine devoted to apologetics called This Rock, authors Carl E. Is it true that on a spiritual level Buddha and Jesus are quite similar? Remarkable Similarities Similarities in Ethics Footnotes. American Buddhism on the rise. CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — That genial face has become familiar across the globe – almost as recognizable when it comes to religious leaders, perhaps, as Pope John Paul II.

When in America, the Dalai Lama is a sought-after speaker, sharing his compassionate message and engaging aura well beyond the Buddhist community. After inaugurating a new Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education in Vancouver, B.C., the Tibetan leader this week begins a visit to several US cities for public talks, sessions with young peacemakers, scientists, university faculty, corporate executives, and a California women's conference.

But he'll also sit down for teach-ins among the burgeoning American faithful. Buddhism is growing apace in the United States, and an identifiably American Buddhism is emerging. Teaching centers and sanghas (communities of people who practice together) are spreading here as American-born leaders reframe ancient principles in contemporary Western terms. Buddhism. Basic Concepts of Tibetan Buddhism. There are books, too numerous to mention, that relate the story of the historic Buddha, Prince Gautama Shakyamuni, and explain his teachings and the basic concepts of the spiritual insight that he attained. Buddhism comprises three major branches or schools, which, despite differences in emphasis and focus, are based on the Buddha's fundamental precepts and teachings.

Theravada: Theravada Buddhism, also known as Hinayana, predominates in southeastern Asia, in such countries as Thailand, Burma, and Sri Lanka. Because of the dismissive connotation of the term Hinayana, which means "lesser vehicle," its followers prefer the name Theravada, or Way of the Elders (meaning the early disciples of the Buddha); it is also called the "Old Wisdom" school. Its followers claim with justification that it remains closest to the original teachings of the Buddha. Mahayana: The concept and cult of the Bodhisattva is a distinctive, quintessential feature of Mahayana. Go to Buddhism page 2. Buddhism and Buddhist schools.

An Introduction to Buddhism. An Introduction to Buddhism To do no evil; To cultivate good; To purify one's mind: This is the teaching of the Buddhas. --The Dhammapada The Buddha was born Siddhartha Gautama, a prince of the Sakya tribe of Nepal, in approximately 566 BC. On the full moon of May, with the rising of the morning star, Siddhartha Gautama became the Buddha, the enlightened one. The Buddha wandered the plains of northeastern India for 45 years more, teaching the path or Dharma he had realized in that moment.

Impermanent are all created things; Strive on with awareness. BUDDHISM—Why I stopped following Buddha and started following Jesus Christ? I came to the Buddhist path as a seeker. I was skeptical about religious claims, but felt a deep void in my life. I yearned for meaning and truth in a unpredictable and often hostile world. In Buddhism, I thought I had found what I was searching for. Buddhists has never started a war. There was never a Buddhist Inquisition. But it was not meant to be. True, some Buddhists purport to believe in a god, or in a realm of higher beings called devas. According to the Buddhist worldview, all beings accumulate karma based on their actions, and karma dictates their life circumstances.

To many Buddhists, this means that a person born into a wealthy family has good karma, while someone who lives in a poor, disease-infested village would have accumulated negative karma. Buddhists believe karma keeps one trapped in an endless cycle of death and rebirth (samsara), and the only way out is through enlightenment. But eventually I began to question. Author: Mary Joni Harris.