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Buddhism and Christianity

I visited my my family this weekend for a picnic. They live in Chicago. I live almost eight hours away and other family members live even farther. It is rare to get us all together and so I felt compelled to show. I had to deal with many questions of my Buddhist faith. Most of my family is heavily invested into their Christianity and to them, the concepts of any other faith are considered false.

So how do you speak with a Christian that is trying to understand that Buddhism a wholesome practice for everyone?


The first issue that must be addressed, I realized, is that when we say Christian or Buddhist there is an assumption that all Buddhists and Christians practice their faiths homogenously.

Of course, this is not true. Ask a Catholic about their faith and it becomes clear that there are very significant differences between that belief system and that of a Protestant, Mormon, Baptist, etc. Even within the overall acceptance that Jesus is the Son of God, there is a profound difference in almost every other aspect of practice and understanding.

So while some Christian faiths are less fundamental and open to diverging concepts being incorporated into their daily religious practice, there are other sects of Christianity that are more strict in their understanding of Christ.

I really cannot profess to know much about which particular non-denominational Christian group my family follows but it was not open to ideas of a separation of secular and spiritual practice. As they asked more about my practice, it was obvious to me that my family did not believe in their own concepts of free will.
That is not to say that they didn’t believe in free will, but in their eyes all decisions were guided correctly through a divining rod in their soul to the right directions and choices they make.

But this is not the case of all Christians.

As we discussed our faiths during a family picnic, I had to acknowledge that my sect of Buddhism was also very different than other traditions. As a American Theravadan Buddhist, my practice and understanding of Buddhism does differ in flavor.

Each year, I help organize a multi-traditional Vesak ceremony (the celebration of the Birth, Enlightenment and Passing of the Buddha). It is fascinating to see the variety of practices and divergent concepts of what Buddhism means to each of them.

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Buddhism and Christianity?

Hey. Im a Christian and love God. I have been reading about Buddhism and really like the way Budda taught and do not think he tried to make himself a god. I was wondering is it possible to be both.
I have heard that Buddhism is not a religion but a philosophy. I Also want to know what other Christians would think if I would follow a buddist philosophy as well.

From a Buddhist perspective, it's more or less okay.
Buddhism has a non-theistic stance, meaning it has no comment about the existence or non-existence of God or gods. So you could believe in Yahweh and Jesus and still be a Buddhist, provided there are no Christian practices that counter those of the Buddha.
However, Christianity is rather less accepting. From a Christian perspective, differences in, for example, the afterlife are too great for the two to be reconcilable.
So - ask a Buddhist, yes.
Ask a Christian - no.
Ask me - it's your life and do as you please.

Buddhism and Christianity.

Buddhism spreads because of its philosophy and kindness
From time to time, there are people who is in need of spiritual guidance - when those religions reach to them, people will accept them easily

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Why did Buddhism and Christianity spread when and as they did?

Christianity spreads because of its missionaries and charity works
Buddhism spreads because of its philosophy and kindness
From time to time, there are people who is in need of spiritual guidance - when those religions reach to them, people will accept them easily

What is the origin of Buddhism and Christianity?

Buddhism was originated in North East India. Christianity finds its origins in Palestine. We're always here to for you!

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