reply to post by filosophia
In reply to Op, being a Christian Mystic myself, and seeing Buddhism as integral for furthering ones own Christian path, I feel the need to speak on
Buddhism is a superior philosophy to Christianity.
Actually you can say they work hand in hand. It is difficult for the working man, mothers, children, and the busy nature of people in societies for
the last 2-3,000 years to set aside so much meditation and work on oneself the way Buddhists have in monasteries and such.
SO enter Christianity. Its more of a Grace path, you do some work and God meets you half way and blesses you with experiences and the Holy Spirit
which then enable you to meditate and go within.
Then when going within, since there is not much written in the Christian tradition of goes on within ...you can study Buddhism as there are blueprints
of an individuals internal realms.
Buddhism holds that one gains enlightenment through their own means, not through another's means or through a God's will or forgiveness.
Forgiveness needs to be done in Buddhism also. You can't move forward until this happens. Christianity works through one's own means also because
one has to make their own decision to go down the path or not.
Christianity holds that through acceptance of Jesus Christ as the Lord and savior, one is forgiven of their sins.
I'll skip this part for now. It would require me to write a book that branches out into all sort of philosophical, relative, metaphysical topics to
even begin to scratch the surface. I can say that in buddhism you do have Karma and it is established through wrong actions or Sins. The word Sin
actually simply means to fall short of the ideal. Both Buddhism and Christianity hold that there is an ideal state ....so to sin simply means the same
as in buddhism would be wrong action.
Buddhism holds that through gnosis of the cause of suffering, and the relinquishing of suffering, one gains unsurpassed nirvana, which is freedom from
In certain denominations of Christianity, especially Eastern Orthodoxy, they also hold that through the direct experiences of God ...you become
blessed with Gnosis (spiritual hidden knowledge) on how you operate, blueprints of the ego, physiology, and also the relinquishing of suffering. One
also gains Union w/ God or enlightenment which also becomes freedom from Sin and suffering.
Buddhism is based on the experience of enlightenment attained by the Buddha, which can be verified by everyone.
I can also say, the main point of the Bible is the teachings and actions of Christ who experienced enlightenment and taught the highest knowledge
possible, albeit he dumbed it down using parables.
But to say "which everyone can verify" well that's a faulty statement. Its relative and subjective so inconclusive.
Christianity holds that the cause of suffering is Adam and Eve's sin of eating a forbidden fruit.
In Easter Orthodoxy, they say the Garden of Edan was Oneness with God or a Nondual state (the original state of being aimed for in Buddhism). Then
somehow there was a putting on of the ego which equals the Illusion that we are all separate and the experience of illusuory duality which is both
sides of spectrums such as good and evil, love and hate, etc. Before that there was just Nonduality. Completely compatible!!!
Buddhism holds that the cause of suffering is desire.
Christianity holds that the cause of suffering is being born into this world through putting on of the ego, the cause of all duality, desire,
illusions, and sin!!!
Christianity holds that God created all things, good and evil.
Yes from a nondual point it would seem so. But for someone in Union with God, all things are One.
Buddhism states that all things are impermanent and subject to change.
Christianity holds that God is the same God now, is God was then. Meaning if God is infinite nonduality, then its easy to see how that Being always
is. Change happens in the Now and the Now always is. Compatible for both sides!!!
Christianity believes that good people go to heaven, bad people go to hell.
In Buddhism they have the Bardo of the afterlife. Also a sort of hell, punishment, suffering, and testing grounds for the soul. The only way through
it is being enlightened. A sin Christianity, then only way into Heaven is also to have a sort of Enlightenment through Christ and with God.
Buddhism believes transcendence is more important than finding the origin of life (long since gone as it happened in the past).
In Christianity, you eventually reach a state of transcendence (I have had this state for the last 5-6 years and its awesome!!!) You no longer have
any attachments and no longer fear death amongst many other awesome things!!
Christianity believes the individual is born a sinner.
ANybody born into this world eventually slips into ego/illusion mode. Completely compatible
Buddhism believes the individual is a series of connected moments, called in temporary terms a 'self' but is in fact a series of dependent and
therefore impermanent material states of consciousness.
Many monks, mystics, saints, and theologians within Christianity would also agree. You just described the ego!!!
Christianity believes that Jesus is the way, the truth, the life
Would require a book to explain.
Buddhism believes the Buddha-nature, found within all things, is the way, the truth, the life.
We can say then, that Buddha-Nature was simply Buddha tapping into God ...and that "God" found in all things, is the way, the truth, the life. Well
of Jesus also was tapped into God ....well you can catch my drift from there...
Before you post another comparison, it would be important that you see that there are multiple branches of CHristianity and multiple branches of
Buddhism and all of these branches bicker amongst themselves over who is right and wrong.
It is proper to have a vast knowledge of all these different branches and also to know that what you label something as one thing ....is just a label
and not the actual thing.
Buddha-hood and Christ-hood are extremely compatible. The only thing I find lacking in Buddhism is the Holy Spirit experience. What I find lacking in
Christianity is inner guidance on how to traverse the dynamics of the inner life (psychology, physiology, ego, energy, etc)
I can you can consider me a Christian Mystic Buddhist (nondualist) and as one, I say that your points lack weight without a proper deeper
investigation behind the labels and concepts that are not the actual.