It offers no form of redemption, forgiveness, no heavenly hope, or a final judgment to those practicing its system. Buddhism is a moral philosophy, an ethical way to live for the here and now of this world to gain the ultimate state. It has more in common with humanism and atheism than its original religion Hinduism it separated from. It is more like pantheism, there is a impersonal force the void which is the ultimate.
This is the reason they can justify stark differences between the two. Many people miss this point because they are too caught up in the idea that they have to be different in order to embrace the true message of Christ. When looking through many sources that have already compared Jesus and Buddha, I frequently came across this same scenario: The titles of articles claimed the differences between Buddha and Jesus, but then went on to show a comparison chart that was labeled Christianity on one side and Buddhism on the other.
If we are going to compare the differences between Jesus and Buddha, we must stick with their sayings. Below you will find quotes from both masters that teach these universal themes.
These quotes come from Jesus and Buddha: Whoever would tend me, he should tend the sick. Explain with the spirit and the letter in the fashion of Brahma.
In this way you will be completely fulfilled and wholly pure. The reason for this emphasis is because they say Jesus was God; therefore their teachings are diametrically opposed.
But both of these ideas originate in religion, not from Jesus or Buddha. At one point a Brahmin named Dona asks the Buddha if he is a deva, an angel, a demon, or a human being. Buddha says he is none of those things, but rather: Remember me as one who is enlightened.
His main point is that attachments to anything bring defilement. He was pointing out that he had transcended the world, and that any labels such as the ones Dona brings up are simply attachments he is no longer concerned with.
In the above quote Jesus is praying to the Father about himself and his disciples. Just like the Buddha, Jesus teaches his disciples to transcend the world.
The only way we can be in this world but not of this world is to transcend the desire mind of the lower ego, because it is the ego that brings attachment to the things of the world. This includes relationships with things, people, and yes, even labels such as humans, gods, demons, and angels.
I also want to point out the fact that Jesus, like the Buddha years before, taught detachment. I dedicated an entire blog post to this subject: Yes Jesus Taught it Too.
Christians teach that Jesus was God. But did Jesus make this claim, or does Christianity make this claim? Jesus never actually says he is God.
He does claim the title, the Son of God. I think Jesus was definitely saying he was God! Jesus says to God in the Gospel of John: Hmm… In conclusion I want to say that yes, there is a stark difference between Buddha and Christianity.
The two are irreconcilable. However, I cannot say that there is a stark difference between Buddha and Jesus. When we look at their raw sayings, they seem to come from a universal idea that conveys transcendent spiritual truths rather than religious differences.Buddha (Siddhārtha Gautama) insisted he was human and that there is no almighty, benevolent God.
He preached that desire was the root cause of suffering and that people should seek to eliminate desire. He was born in present-day Nepal roughly years before Jesus Christ (Jesus of Nazareth).
Christ was born in Bethlehem in present-day Palestine. Christ is not a spiritual master as they claim Buddha is, Christ is his creator.
If one only looks at Jesus as a human being he exemplifies the highest ideal in man, he has all the qualities Buddha taught about and sought after, but Christ is more than just a man he is our and the Buddhists creator. Christ is not a spiritual master as they claim Buddha is, Christ is his creator.
If one only looks at Jesus as a human being he exemplifies the highest ideal in man, he has all the qualities Buddha taught about and sought after, but Christ is more than just a man he is our and the Buddhists creator.
Both Left Home & Faced Down Evil.
Consider the following: Both Siddhartha Gautama, who was to become the Buddha, and Jesus of Nazareth, who was to become the Christ, are said to have left their homes in the prime of their lives, seeking truths that exist beyond the scope of most people's interest. The lives of Buddha and Jesus Christ draw various similarities.
From their birthing to their awakenings, the two pious icons can be observed as nearly indistinguishable (Oxtoby & Segal, ). However, there are some considerable differences in the lives of these two leaders as well. Buddha Christ; As seers and spiritual masters of the land came to pay homage to the new born prince, the hermit seer Asita announced that the child would either become a great king (chakravartin) or a great holy man.