Questions tagged [comparative-religion]

The comparison of the practices and doctrines of a given set of religions. In the context of this site this would be a comparison of an aspect of Buddhism with one or more other religions.

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Is Buddhism a religion?

I want to know that what is Buddhism and is it a religion or just a philosophy or a exercise ? I really want to know more about it , is there a book about learning Buddhism?
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Are there any comparative studies done between Ashtavakra Gita and Buddhim?

I have been in search of a higher truth as far as I remember, like a stargazer looking for the brighter one and dropping the dimmer. I started from Christianity or generally from the Abrahamic ...
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What are the Buddhist guidelines for choosing the true Dhamma?

With many traditions and teachers to choose from, how should one go about figuring out what is the true Dhamma? I prefer answers based on Buddhist scriptute and references to Sutta, ideally to the ...
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Nature of Enlightenment

How did different people with different philosophies and ideologies attain the same enlightenment or did they not? Buddha attained enlightenment and so did Adi Shankaracharya, but their philosophies ...
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Does depicting Jesus as an Arahant show that Buddhism is inclusive and compassionate?

I came across a book about the 500 Arahants, and it briefly mentioned that Jesus is depicted as an Arahant in a particular temple in China. After spending some time Googling, I found out that it's ...
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Loss of “faith” in buddhism

I've never had any religion throughout my childhood and adolescence, and at the age of 18 I had my first contacts with buddhism; It seemed fascinating, and I kept reading about all the things I could ...
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A path to another university outside of Buddhism

This post is a revision of Buddhism Or Christ? which already closed. I posted that Buddhism or Christ? question on a Christian forum too, and after quite a response from them, I felt I have some clues....
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Relationship between Buddhism, Hinduism and Yoga?

All these 3 philosophy/religions are born across Tibet/Nepal/India and they all share numerous concept and practice. Some points of connections could be: Noble Eightfold Path are very similar to ...
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What are the soteriological aims of different traditions?

From this answer ... I would suggest dropping this line of inquiry or at least treading very carefully as you seem quite confused about what is being taught by the differing traditions and their ...
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Is Jesus considered to be a buddha?

I was wondering what main stream Buddhism think of Jesus, was he a buddha? Can anyone tell me where Jesus fits into Buddhism?
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Was Jesus a Buddhist monk named Issa? [closed]

As per BBC documentary Jesus Christ was a Buddhist monk named Issa. According to documentary Jesus was not crucified and he was trained as Buddhist monk.Further to that Jesus tomb situated in Kashmir ...
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Can a Buddhist mix Buddhism with other religions?

Is there any authoritative sourced that a man can have more than one religion if he pleases?
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Can super Buddhists eat bread?

Bread has flour and yeast. Therefore, a scientist can say that it is both an animal and a vegetable grain. Is there anything wrong with eating bread?
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What is the relationship between Bon and Tibetan Buddhism?

What is the relationship between Bon and Tibetan Buddhism? My understanding is that Bon is a religion that pre-dates Tibetan Buddhism but is it still an active influence within Tibetan Buddhism? Is ...
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Jainism vs Buddhism, did Buddha actualy borrow from Jainism?

Ok, this may be simple to answer. But I've come across Jainism through looking for texts on Buddhism. An I found there is a alarming amount of Jainism in Buddhism. I hate to say this, but did ...
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Is the samadhi of Yoga the samadhi of Buddhism?

I was wondering if the samadhi of Patanjali Yoga meant the same thing as the samadhi of Buddhism? A Buddhist friend told me that no, and that Buddhism had higher states after the nirvikalpa samadhi ...
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Which path might be appropriate for me? [closed]

I've been learning about Dharma traditions for a while now. In short: I am attracted by the figure of Siddhartha Gautama and by the fact that Buddhism is not based on faith in the scriptures (nastika)...
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Comparison of Nirvana, Tao and Brahman/Atma

Nirvana is described in Samyutta Nikaya 43 as "the unfabricated (unborn?), the uninclined, the truth, the far shore, the subtle, the very difficult to see, the unaging (eternal?), the stable, ...
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Direct interaction between Gods and men

From the Mettanisamsa Sutta, one of the benefits of practising metta is that the Devas would protect him. This leads me to my question. According to Buddhism and the suttas, do the Brahmas and Devas ...
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Right understanding of Dāna

I'd like to understand the Buddhist view of Dāna better. I've read the Vaccha Sutta and it seems to say that gifts are best given to the most worthy. By comparison, in Christianity, the idea seems to ...
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Spontaneity in Zen

This Zen Buddhism article starts with, Zen often seems paradoxical - it requires an intense discipline which, when practised properly, results in total spontaneity and ultimate freedom. This ...
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How do you talk to someone whose loved one is dying?

What can you say to someone whose loved one (e.g. spouse or parent) is dying? Assume if you can that in the West, e.g. Europe and America, although people (strangers) might have heard the first thing ...
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Are there many differences between Taoism and Buddhism?

The question says it all. I'm not much familiar with either. I've read the book of Tao a few times and have read a few Buddhist scriptures. To me they seem so different and so alike at the same time, ...
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Psychology of 'flow'

I guess (perhaps I'm wrong) that humans and life in general tend toward homeostatis -- i.e. wanting to stay the same as before -- and not just physically but socially and mentally too, e.g. to keep ...
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Is it possible to adhere to the practices and beliefs of both Buddhist and Christianity?

What are the similarities and contrasts between Buddhism and Christianity? To what extent do they make it possible (or not) to practice in and hold the beliefs of both?
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What is the Buddhist view, if any, on witchcraft?

I don't think I've seen any talk about this on the Buddhism SE and I'm genuinely curious, since I've heard that Christianity takes a very dim view of the practice. Have any Buddhist texts or teachers ...
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Does Buddhist scripture mention Zoroastrianism?

Do any of the Buddhist texts mention anything about Zoroastrianism? Has the Buddha ever met Zoroaster?
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How different is “joy of ownership” in the Dīgha,jānu Sutta from clinging onto one's wealth?

In the Dīgha,jānu Sutta, accomplishment of diligence leads to the joy of ownership. Isn't "joy of ownership" just clinging onto one's wealth? What do other Buddhist schools say about this? A possible ...
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What does Buddhism add to a Stoic?

Is there any thing that Buddhism can add to a Stoic Pursuit? Below is a friendly laid-back discourse between a Stoic and a Buddhist, which could be used as a guide to what I’m trying to compare. ...
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Sutta advice on obstacles and insults, similar to Epictetus' (Stoic) advice?

Lately, I have been reading (again!), more and more, the workings of the roman stoic philosopher Epictetus: and I think Buddhism and Epictetan Stoicism share a bunch of similarities; and I would now ...
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Is it possible to Take Refuge in the Three Jewels, but still learn spiritual wisdom from teachers in other religions?

I am quite fond and connect deeply to the Buddha's teachings. I have been a soft lay buddhist for almost a year now. I am sure that it is one of the best ways to develop as a being, as well as help ...
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Hesitation between Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta

I hesitate between Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta. Buddhism pleases me very much for its willingness to seek an end to suffering, being depressed it speaks to me a lot. But intellectually, ...
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Buddhism and Semiotics?

Does anyone know any research or publications on the intersection of Buddhism and semiotics/biosemiotics? I don't mean the study of Buddhist schools with the help of semiotics, but rather an ...
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What did the Buddha do, and what does a teacher do, to teach?

When the teachings of Buddha are crystal clear i.e 1+1=2, then no need to be labelled. I humbly place my question as below. When buddha gave diksha, what he did: is that was the imparting of ...
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In what ways are the Advaita concept of 'Nirguna Brahman' and the Buddhist concept of Buddha Nature similar and different?

In what ways are the Advaita concept of 'Nirguna Brahman' similar, and/or different, to the Buddhist concept of Buddha Nature? This is a good comparison, that is where the doubt arose: Nonduality in ...
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Is it fair to say that Buddhism employ misology?

The question is straightforward as it read, but to elaborate I will give some examples. I think most people will agree that reason is what is special about human beings, and most religions and ...
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Cessation of suffering is the main goal of Buddhism, but is cessation of suffering the end goal or does Buddhism pursue Joy beyond end of suffering?

I ask the above because Socrates in the Republic has proven that the cessation of suffering is a quietude of the mind, an illusion or a jugglery not real. What we should we aim according to him is not ...
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What is the reason why Buddhist monks don't work to support themselves? Do the monastic rules prohibit them from working?

It may be hard to find a comparative monastic tradition in the west although there are some monastic in Christianity currently most are really assimilated and intertwine with the Church which bears ...
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Can a person live by the Dhamma and have another religion as well?

As Buddhism is growing in the west, we see this "conflict" a lot. In Asia I met some Buddhists-Hindus, Buddha, Shiva and Ganesh were equally important to them. Here in the west there are some ...
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Are there any prohibitions on participating in other religion's practices?

Does any Buddhist tradition have an explicit prohibition on participating in the rituals and practices of other religions? Are there any rules about entering other religions' holy places?
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Emotional Support without God in Theravada

In religions with God, the believer or devotee can call on God for help during distress, pray to God to seek emotional relief, find a virtual shoulder to cry on and sing God's praises or glories for ...
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Can one follow Hinduism and Buddhism at the same time?

I am born Hindu and have been following Buddhism for more than a year. The change has been a life changing experience but now I find myself at the junction of two religions. I sometimes face ...
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What is the meaning of the “one mind” in the awakening of faith?

You can read that shastra here. I'm quite fond of it, though I don't have my own meditation practice. If I had to narrow the question down, I'd ask if it contains different practices, of different ...
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Why is Zen/Chan thought to be more related to Buddhism than to Taoism?

According to the book The Tao of Zen, Zen/Chan is esentially a form of Taoism. This makes sense to me, as it's hard to understand what is the common ground between the relative simplicity of Zen and ...
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Concept of Karma in Bhagwad Gita and Buddhism

In Hinduism, there are many philosophies developed regarding the concept of God and afterlife, and they all give their own interpretations. Regarding the Karmic approach, the main book that gives ...
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What is a Tao Buddhist?

This answer refers to a Tao Buddhist. I've never heard of this term. Is a a definite religious movement or is it just a colloquial term that refers to someone who holds both view simultaneously? In ...
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Is Buddhism a syncretic religion, and then what would they say on the Abrahamaic religions?

Syncretism is a union or attempted fusion of different religions, cultures, or philosophies — like Halloween, which has both Christian and pagan roots, or the combination of Aristotelian ...
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Is Buddhism just Hinduism stripped for export?

I was listening to a podcast featuring Alan Watts and he stated that Buddhism was Hinduism stripped for export. He also says it at more length in his book Buddhism the Religion of No Religion .... ...
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How does the experience of “realisation of Sunyata” differ from “realisation of Anatta”?

In what ways does the experience of "realisation of Sunyata" differ from the experience of "realisation of Anatta", for the practitioner? The two aims are apparently non confirming, as far as I know, ...
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Have any notable Buddhists commented on Krishnamurti's teachings?

Have any important Buddhists made any claim/s about Krishnamurti's teachings? Especially (caveat I know nothing about this) his claim that "Tell them there is nothing to understand" Bold emphasis ...