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Why do the teachings Jesus Christ and Buddha Siddhartha Gautama seem to echo each other?

*Bibliography & Footnotes at bottom of page*


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In optimism I much prefer to look at the faith of other churches, philosophies, religions...with the limitless power of the Holy Spirit in mind...to always look for the good in it all...and to see God's hand in it...


This page is for everyone, including those who follow the teachings of Buddha Siddhartha Gautama.


False Claim: Buddhism has never lead to violence

"In its entire history Buddhism has never had any violence". This is a false claim. Many Buddhists base their rejection of the Bible and Christ on violence done by Christians and the Church in the past.

Man has killed man based on the most ridiculous differences. During WW2, Nazi Germany killed people based on the size of their NOSES.

Buddhism, soon after Siddhartha Gautama's death broke up into a number of aposing sects. These sects had their share of violence and war.


K. Radhakrishnan
Dept. of Buddhism
Institute of Asian Studies
Chennai - 600 119
India

Dear Sir,

	This is in response to your E-mail communication to Dr. John Samuel,
Director of IAS, which he has forwarded to me.

	Buddhism in its long history in several countries of the East has
undergone several changes and has been characterised by its plurality of
beliefs and practices.  Differences between Buddhist sects outside of India
have sometimes developed into hostility leading even to violence.  Some
such instances are given below.

	In this connection I have not included Indian Buddhism because sustained
conflict of a violent nature between Buddhist sects is hard to come by in
Indian history.

Ceylon:
	In the third century A.D. King Voharaka Tissa representing the orthodoxy
suppressed the sect of Vetullava$dins (Sanskrit: Vaitulyava$dins).

	In the reign of King Maha$sena (275-302 A.D.) a Maha$ya$nist monk,
Sanghamitta, induced the king to destroy the Maha$viha$ra$ monastery of the
Therava$da sect.  The monks of the monastery were turned out and subjected
to persecution.  By way of revenge Sanghamitta, the instigator of the
persecution, was killed later on.

	In the ninth century A.D. King Mungayinsen recognized the three orthodox
schools or nika$yas called Theriya, Dhammaruci and Sa$galia but proscribed
the other sects.

Japan:
	In the Heian period in Japanese history there was increasing rivalry
between Buddhist schools which had their own armies of "monk-soldiers" and
engaged in bloody fights, burning of temples and perpetual intrigue.  The
Tendai monastery at Mt. Hiei and the Shingon monastery at Mt. Ko$ya kept
mercenaries to fight their wars.

	In the Kamakura period, Nichiren who founded a new Buddhist sect combined
religion with nationalism and engaged in bitter attacks upon the other
sects like those of Shingon, Amida and Zen.  He went to the extent of
calling for their annihilation.  This resulted in reprisals and
persecution.  Nichiren was twice exiled and once he barely escaped death at
the hands of his persecutors.  The persecution of  the Nichiren sect by the
monastic establishment of Mt. Hiei continued during the 14th century.  In
the next century the followers of Nichiren began to arm themselves.  Their
successful uprising is known as the Hokke-ikki.  In the 16th century their
victory was followed by serious reversals and in 1536, twenty-one of the
temples of the Nichiren sect were destroyed by the armed forces of the
monastery of Mt. Hiei.

Tibet:
	The Buddhist order of Dge-lugs-pa (Yellow Hat) was the sectarian rival of
the order of Karma-pa.  This politico-religious rivalry led to fierce
fighting between the two and in the 17th century the Dge-lugs-pa succeeded
in crushing their enemy sect.

	The references cited above are all to be taken as accounts of a value-free
nature.  Any historical and sociological value-judgment of the use of
violence in the cases cited can be made only after thoroughgoing research
into each case. (the exact same thing can be said about Christianity)

Sincerely,

K. Radhakrishnan

References:

1.	Charles Eliot:'Hinduism and Buddhism' Vol. 1-3 RKP Reprint 1971
2.	Joseph M. Kittegawa:'Religion in Japanese History', Columbia, 1966
3.	Byron Earhart H: 'Japanese Religion', Wadsworth Publishing Co. 1982
4.	Ed. Charles Prebish S. 'Buddhism - a modern perspective', Sri Satguru
Publications, Delhi  1995


In all honesty, if you base your rejection of Christ on violence done in His name, you will have to reject Buddhism too. Because history reveals a great deal of bloody killing and war has been done in the name of Buddha also.


The answer is in the Name of God.

  1. According to the Biography of Buddha, he was trained in Yoga by several teachers. Thus it is easy to see that Buddha's teaching were founded on Yoga.[9]

  2. The word YOGA means - union, to join. It implies equality, justice, and love.[5]

  3. Buddha would have been taught these three main kinds of Yoga:
    1. Jnana Yoga, the path of realization and wisdom,
    2. Bhakti Yoga, the path of love and devotion to God,
    3. Karma Yoga, the path of selfless action.[1]

  4. It is fairly easy to see how similar these types of Yoga are to the doctrines Jesus taught.

  5. When one commits (Greek meaning of "believe in" John 3:16) to Jesus, that person is JOINED with Jesus. This is a MARRIAGE.[3]

    [Mat 19:6.12] So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has JOINED (YOGA) together, let not man put asunder."

  6. Jesus is the GRACE of God. Thus you see how a person is made equal/joined to GRACE in Christ.

  7. There is no great mystery here if you consider the people of Israel and the peoples of the Indus river valley both originated in the same region between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (specifiacally Mt. Ararat)[6]. Before these original peoples split up, they all possessed a common language (Indo-European), common traditions, and a common belief in the God of justice - Ju. When these peoples divided, they brought with them the God of justice - Ju.

  8. Yoga, justice, join, love - all come from the same root sanskrit word - "ju". This is the Sacred Syllable - YH. It is the first part of OM, which is a contraction of AMEN, Ohura Mazda, and Amitabha; in other words - God. OM is the word most eastern philosophies use in meditation.[1][2][4][8]

  9. "Ju" is the name of God.

  10. All meditation and prayer which focuses on (by repetition), starts with, or ends with the Sacred Syllable is dedicated to the One God of Creation.

  11. Thus we find that the teachings of Buddha are based on God and the law via the philosophy of Yoga.[9] The Golden Rule: love one another. Equality, justice, and love.


    Note:

    As you read all this and am open to the Spirit of it, you should realize that the Name of God has to do with:


  12. Here you have the reason why Jesus teachings seem to echo the teachings of Buddha: they are both based on the Word of God - Ju - His name. Righteousness, truth, and love. And the salvation of forgiveness - letting go of that which is sinful - the sensual desires/lusts/temptations of this world.


Contrasts


The Most Important Point

Buddhism is non-theistic - NOT anti-theistic. A person who practices Buddhism may believe in the Lord.

Buddha determined that God was so much greater than man as to be indescribable in human terms. So, the faith Buddha had in God rests on his negative affirmations of God - the Eternal Unknowable One. [9]

Buddha often affirmed the reality of the religious goal. For example, he is reported to have said: "There IS an Unborn, an Unmade, an Uncompounded; were there not, there would be no escape from the world of the born, the originated, the made, and the compounded."[2][7]


Bibliography & Footnotes

  1. Information Please (very good source)
  2. Microsoft Encartia Online Encyclopedia
  3. Bible Browser
  4. Encyclopedia Mythica
  5. Dictionary.Com (very good source)
  6. Hyper History Timeline
  7. 1999 Encyclopedia Brittanica
  8. Mysticism in World Religions
  9. Biography of Buddha