Christianity and Buddhism: The Difference is Only Superficial

Published May 8, 2014 by jptan2012
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I debated for a long time whether I should write about this particular post, because admittedly this can be quite controversial. However, before I continue, I would like to clarify that I’m not a theologian and neither I do consider myself as an expert in these matters. Nevertheless, what I’m about to write right now is a simple fact and anyone who will simply research on it will know this basic truth.

When people are interested in getting the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT, a lot of the inquirers will inevitably ask me whether this goes against their religion. Whether it’s still as effective even if they’re Catholics.

I’ve always wondered why would religions draw so much attention to their difference and not concentrate on the similarities. I believe that in the end, all major religions only teach love at its very core.

I’m writing this blog article in the hope to make people realize that at the end, its not your religion, but it’s how you treat yourself, your fellowmen, and the world that makes the difference. Because I believe most if not all religions came from a single source of consciousness, and the difference was just incorporated by the people to make it more comprehensible and accessible to us. You see, I think the spiritual world, is beyond our comprehension and understanding. However, we call the Buddha, Buddha, and the God the Father, God the Father because this what makes us understand them. What do I mean?

To be able to write this clearly, I will borrow an example from yet another religion, which is Hinduism. In Hinduism, there three different forms on how they look at their gods. First, is called Brahman, then Brahman Nirguna, and Brahman Saguna, stated here in no particular order.

I think it’s Yann Martel, the author of the bestselling novel ‘Life of Pi’ was the one who described all three accurately and clearly. In ‘Life of Pi’ he wrote that Brahman is the world soul, the sustaining frame upon which is woven, warp and weft, the cloth of being, with all its decorative elements of space and time. He described Brahman Nirguna as without qualities, which lies beyond understanding, beyond description, beyond approach. Lastly, he said, Brahman Saguna is with qualities, where the suit fits. We call it Shiva, Krishna, Ganesh. We approach it with some understanding and discern some of its attributes – loving, merciful, and frightening. There is a gentle pull of relationship. It’s Brahman and Brahman Nirguna manifest to our limited senses. I don’t think anybody else could have explained it better than how Yann Martel did in his book ‘Life of Pi’.

The Virgin Mary or Kuan Yin are only seen and called as such because that’s how we perceived them. That’s how we understand them. Avalokitesvara, Chenrezig, Kuan Yin, Thousand Hand Kuan Yin, are all but Kuan Yin in different forms. Our Lady of Penefrancia, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Fatima, are all but The Virgin Lady!

Going back to the topic. Christianity and Buddhism, as the title implies are more similar to each other. For example, the concept of the Holy Trinity, which is God the Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit is actually Amitabha, Shakyamuni, and Medicine Buddha in Buddhism. The Virgin Mary is Kuan Yin in Buddhism. The Second Coming of Christ is comparable to the Future Buddha, Maitreya Buddha (aka Happy Fat Buddha). That’s just the start. There are a lot more similarities. This is because; personally I believe the Christianity has its roots from Buddhism, which is more than 2000 years older than Christianity. This doesn’t make Buddhism the better religion, but it just shows that whatever religion we believe in, it’s how we make use of its teachings and how we use it to benefit ourselves, other people, and this world that we live in that makes its better than the other one. Also, this shows that instead of looking at the difference, it might be better if we just concentrate on the similarities, and again I believe that the core of the teaching of all religions is LOVE.

Remember Jesus Christ was not a Christian, Buddha was not a Buddhist, and Mohammed was not an Islam. But if you closely look at their teachings, and take away all the rituals, all they teach is love.

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