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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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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Four Noble Truths contradicting?

I don't even like to post a question like this but I just want to share a misconception that people from other beliefs have regarding Buddhism. Please what this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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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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Similarity between creation in Abrahamic religions and beginning of life in Earth mentioned Agganna Sutta?

I was recently listening to a sermon on Agganna Sutta that was on Youtube. I will share my thoughts and questions on the Agganna sutta in a different post. Let me share few passages first and then get ...
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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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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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Question about the contrast between Buddhist statements and Christian doctrine

In the Christian Bible (especially in the Book of John), Jesus often talked about Himself as using phrases like: I am the light of the world I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be ...
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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 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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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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Are there any teachings about how we should censure happiness which arises without right view?

Please note that I’m not referring to momentary happiness from distractive actions, like narcotic or alcohol consumption: I’m referring to excessive happiness that arises, from birth of a child, or ...
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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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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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A thought-experiment about the importance of Buddhist traditions

Suppose a leading Buddhist figure -- say a well-known Tibetan monk -- were to suddenly start displaying cultural behavior appropriate to other religious faiths. For instance, suppose this monk were to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is the path of enlightenment consists 7 levels?

In this question The Seven Factors of Enlightenment shown, Tranquility, Concentration, Equanimity, Investigation of dhammas, Effort and Rapture as specific phases in the path of enlightenment (also in ...
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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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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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What is the buddhist conception of light?

How do buddhists regard light? In their statues the eyes of Buddha are most times closed. Do they consider light a low worthy thing or something else. Newton showed gravity to be a powerful competitor ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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