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.
The Second Coming of Buddha?
Was Jesus the second coming of Buddha? Christians often say Jesus Christ was unique—the story of his life and his teachings were something totally new. This is not true. The story of Jesus, as told in The Holy Bible, appears to be strongly influenced by many different traditions--Jewish, pagan, and Eastern traditions--most notably Buddhism.
There are many similarities between Buddha and Jesus Christ. Before I go any further, I need to state that Jesus probably did not exist so when I speak of Jesus I am speaking of the stories about the fictional character of Jesus that are told in The Holy Bible.
I also need to state that while Gautama Buddha was probably an actual person born about years before the time of Jesus in the region of India now known as Nepalthere are many myths that have become attached to his story.
However, Buddha, himself, did not proclaim himself a deity or make any claims of miracles. See Understanding the Life and Teachings of Buddha Although Buddha and Jesus are separated by years and by about miles their stories and teachings have many similarities.
Were Jesus and Buddha brothers by another mother? Could Jesus be the reincarnation of Buddha? Could Jesus be the second coming of Buddha? One is the great-minds-think-alike theory which states that the same story arises independently at different times and in different cultures.
This is known as syncretism. I subscribe to the latter theory. Although the distance between the homelands of Jesus and Buddha was great, there was plenty of contact between the two areas and years for ideas to spread.
Both trade and the wars of the ever-expanding Roman Empire facilitated contact. The ideas could have been passed along like the Olympic baton. There is a lot of evidence of trade between the two regions. The transport of goods along these routes relied mainly upon pack animals camels and river boats.
Goods were also transported by boats across the Indian Ocean. There are cuneiform tablets dating to BCE describing shipments of cotton cloth, spices, oil, grains, and even peacocks which arrest to this trade. Even the Holy Bible attests to this trade with the story of The Three Wise Men from the East traveling by camel with gifts of frankincense and myrrh.
You can be sure more than goods were being exchanged. Ideas also traveled these routes. The Buddhist ideas were undoubtedly among the ideas being spread, especially since Buddhist monks had a tradition of missionary zeal.
Buddhism does not reject other creeds and religions. Thus, Buddhist ideas could be easily blended with whatever local religious beliefs the monks encountered. Buddhist settled into many areas of the Roman Empire, including Judea.
How are the life stories of Buddha and Jesus similar? There are many similarities between the mythical elements of Jesus and Buddha.
Here are just a few of the most striking similarities. Conceived in a miraculous manner Similar names of mother Maya for Buddha, Mary for Jesus Was a bit of a child prodigy Underwent a long period of fasting while traveling alone Tempted by, but overcame, the devil Began an itinerant ministry around the age of 30 Had disciples who traveled with him.
Performed miracles, such as curing blindness and walking on water Renounced worldly riches and required his disciples to do so also Rebelled against the religious elite Brahmans for Buddha and Pharisees for Jesus Dispatched disciples, shortly before his death, to spread his message Of course, there are many differences as well.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. 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. Jesus and Buddha: A Raw Comparison was what brought me.
Long life to your blog and already i see folks alive in the discussions!
At almost 59 i have been driven if you will for 37 years to find the commonalities of religious tradition. i went through many versions, Catholic, fundamentalist, was a Buddhist monk for 3 months and all this led to a.
For the Buddha there is no reliable, or early, historical record of him or any others apart from Jesus, being resurrected, or appearing, after their deaths. In Jesus’ case this is evidently well established within early Christianity, and was a historical fact to Jesus’ closest disciples.
R.C. Amore refers to a miracle from the first chapter of Mahavagga, the Book of the Discipline, IV, where Buddha himself displayed his power over leslutinsduphoenix.com thinks that Jesus himself was influenced by Buddhist teachings and that Buddhist material continued to influence Christianity as it developed.
R. 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 .