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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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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What “religions” did previous Buddhas practice?

I recently found a book called "A Buddhist Bible". In it, Buddha refers to that there have been many Buddhas before him. If Buddha was the one to put the foundations of Buddhism, what "religions" did ...
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Does Buddhism claim perfection?

Does it claim to perfectly describe the nature of this world and all of mankind without contradiction as other religions do? I read this article: http://approachingaro.org/certainty . The author ...
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Notions of self in religions that blend Buddhism and Hinduism

I read in Peter Harvey's book an Introduction to Buddhism that there was a syncretistic religion in Bali that was a mixture of Buddhism and Hinduism. He didn't give many details as it was a very minor ...
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What does Buddhism say about practicing Spiritism?

What Buddism teaches about Spiritism, especially the Kardecist Spiritualism Doctrine (link above)? Is it wrong to try to communicate with the ghosts and to learn from spirits?
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Buddhist pursuit of peace questions [closed]

I've been researching about Buddhism and their pursuit for peace and i have some questions. Do you believe that Buddhism has shaped society today. If so how? How has Buddhism influenced your life? ...
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What is the meaning of 'defiled cognition'?

I have noticed in discussions of Mahayana Buddhist philosophy that the way ordinary folk see things is described as 'defiled cognition'. I would like some pointers on what this means and where to do ...
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Do Buddhism and Atheism contradict each other?

Can a person be an atheist and a Buddhist at the same time? Or are some beliefs in deities too important to the practice of Buddhism?
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How similar or different is Tantric Buddhism from Vijnana Bhairava of Kashmir Shaivism?

Tantra exists in certain traditions of Buddhism (I guess mostly in Tibetan and certain Theravada schools as well). It also exists in Kashmir Shaivism, as explained in the Vijnana Bhairava. Can ...
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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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Is the attainment of natural wisdom exclusive to Buddhism?

Regardless of the medium, or the path, do you know of any other traditions, or religions, or ways to attain wisdom? Wisdom as it's known in buddhist tradition: Seeing things as they are.
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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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What are the commonalities between Jewish and Buddhist thought?

I've pondered for a while on the possible links between Jewish and Buddhist thought. I have been on Buddhist retreat with people who identify as Jews. Also there is the Buddhist Jew phenomena as ...
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Dilemma caused by differing viewpoints regarding soul and karma

I'm a spiritual aspirant who likes to practice meditation to attain the ultimate goal of nirvana or moksha. The trouble is I've read too many differing doctrines and theories regarding epistemology of ...
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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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In Buddhism Can Devas do Something For Us?

My mother is a christian woman but has strong traditional roots in voodooism and ancestral worship.My question is,Is it possible for human beings to invoke a deva/gods/territorial spirits(nagas etc) ...
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Why can't a Buddha's power just save us already? Like Jesus

I am a faithful believer in the Buddha's teachings and I even believe in the iddhi powers they all had and that show up in our day as well. I also believe in the various Bodhisattvas and Buddha's even ...
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Did the Buddha ever mention or encounter Jews?

I understand that Siddhartha Gautama Buddha lived at the same time as the ancient Israelites (Jews) and that India knew of Israel and that ancient Israel knew of India and that the two nations traded ...
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Do Buddhists believe (as do some Christians) in non-material forms of healing?

Not necessarily spontaneous, but any type of spiritually assisted healing. If so, can you elaborate? If not, can you offer a reference?
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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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Do Buddhists think other religions are wrong?

I appreciate that religion can be many things but I want to consider the more soteriological aspects of religion. If we can take as a premise that religions including Buddhism have a strong concern ...
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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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Why isn't there a Buddhist Bible?

Why is it that Buddhism never compiled a reasonably concise set of canonical texts like the Bible? Buddhism itself has universal beliefs such as the 4 Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path and the notion ...
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What are the differences between Hinduism and Buddhism? [duplicate]

Hinduism is similar to Buddhism, but both are different. Many people think that Buddhism is derived from Hinduism, so it is similar to Hinduism. What are the differences between Hinduism & ...
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What are the differences/similarities in the concept of faith as used in Buddhism and Christianity?

There is the concept of faith (śraddhā) in Buddhism. There is also the concept of faith found in Christianity. Both concepts have been translated into the English word faith but in what ways are the ...
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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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Why is Buddhism less evangelical than Christianity?

Currently when I walk to work I frequently pass Christians of various denominations passing out free books and talking to passers by. I have never heard of a Buddhist group doing the same. I think it ...
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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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How buddhist meditation leads to liberation?

Buddha taught meditation to develop concentration, calm of the mind to finally experience nibbana. Other religions (Hindu yoga, etc) also taught meditation. So in which way Buddhist meditation is ...
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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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Difference in Buddhist meditation and meditation in other religions

What is the exact difference in Buddhist meditation and meditation in other religions.
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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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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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What are the differences between “Nirvana” in Buddhism and “Moksha” in Hinduism?

A few days ago, I came across an article on Buddhism primarily about "Nirvana." After I read the article, I started to wonder because "Nirvana" sounds similar to Hinduism's "Moksha." Does anyone ...
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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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Relation to Jainism

I've read that Jainism is one of the oldest Indian traditions, that Buddhism somewhat derived from it and that at some time they rivaled (I'm not sure if this was a political thing). Can you explain ...
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Does Buddhism have a concept of avatars?

Avatars are a Hindu concept as far as I know, but I have noticed that many of these religions (from places like India) have similar things in common, whether they be symbols, names, beliefs, or ...
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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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