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Is Jesus considered to be a buddha?

Buddhism teaches that all misbeliefs(beliefs that block the path to Nibbana) are variations of 2 fundamental misbeliefs. Sasvatha Vada - Eternalism Uchcheda Vada - Nihilism What Jesus preached falls ...
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Is Jesus considered to be a buddha?

As a preliminary, there are two issues to deal with first that can hinder a search for linkages between Jesus and Buddhism. First, it's important to note that the religion associated with Jesus -- ...
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Why can't private buddhas just tell people what they did to achieve enlightenment

Because they themselves don't know. It's not like when you become enlightened you automatically understand what happened; the only necessary difference is that you no longer have any craving for ...
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Is Gautama Buddha the greatest Buddha who ever existed?

No! All Sammasambuddhas are equal in their attainment of Buddhahood. They are all omniscient, equal in virtue, concentration and wisdom. However the time they take to cultivate Paramitha might vary ...
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Why is Buddhism a venture of a limited few?

The Buddha once asked himself much the same. And in his question, we catch a glimpse of why there are a limited few. Indeed, the Buddha first thought that there were none: SN6.1:1.4: “This principle ...
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Buddha's omniscience

In MN 71, the Buddha clarifies the meaning of his omniscience to the wandering ascetic Vacchagotta: Vaccha: ‘Venerable sir, I have heard this said: The recluse Gotama is all knowing and all seeing ...
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Teachings from Buddhas other than Gautama

Yes, the historical Buddha is said to have related teachings of other Buddhas; one that stands out is the Amagandha Sutta, which relates the teaching of Kassapa Buddha. Another is MN 81, which relates ...
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Buddhas vs bodhisattvas vs arhats vs devas vs brahmas

Buddha is a completely self-enlightened one (without help from another Buddha, direct or indirect). Bodhisattva (in Theravada) is a being on its way to enlightenment. Bodhisattva (in Mahayana) is an ...
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Why can't a Buddha's power just save us already? Like Jesus

If you are "a faithful believer in Buddha's teachings" you have missed his point entirely. You should not believe a single thing. Instead, your own experience should lead you to your own conclusions. ...
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Why can't private buddhas just tell people what they did to achieve enlightenment

They do know. They're just not comfortable with teaching. In Chapter III, karika 94c of Abhidharmakosabhasya, Vasubandhu explains that Pratyekabuddhas do not teach others because teaching Dharma ...
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How many Buddhas are there?

There had been infinite number of Buddhas before and there will be many more. In this Kalpa, We already have four Buddhas and there will be one more Buddha. That's why this Kalpa is called Bhadda-...
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Is Jesus considered to be a buddha?

I think when discussing this kind of thing it is to start seeing connections where there are none. However I would like to give a more positive response to the question. If I can address this side of ...
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How do I become a Buddha, the stages of the path?

The Buddhist path is the Noble 8 Fold Path which is divided into Morality Mastery over the mind Wisdom (Three fold training.) You should start by leading a moral life, develop mastery over out mind ...
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Is Jesus considered to be a buddha?

(I'm writing this in the spirit of providing a factual answer instead of preaching how people should strive to get along by seeing similarities in religions that may or may not be there.) No. That's ...
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Is Jesus considered to be a buddha?

There's no official stance towards Jesus as far as I know, in any tradition. The reason is that these traditions were established well before Christianity's existence was even known. Christianity took ...
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How many Buddhas are there?

According to the Mahayana text the Lotus Sutra, the number of Buddhas are innumerable. In fact a significant proportion of the text is spent emphasising just how many Buddhas (and Bodhisattvas) there ...
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How do I become a Buddha, the stages of the path?

Instead of taking second hand opinions I suggest you got directly to the source, to the instructions given by the Buddha himself. The Dantabhumi Sutta is a discourse with a great narrative and fully ...
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Are Amitabha and Sakyamuni the same?

This is a Mahayana question and I'll answer it as such. The cosmology of the Amitabha Buddha is described as something akin to an infinite number of parallel universes (or galaxies, the cosmology isn'...
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is nirvana - just whatever a Buddha wants?

Does he want to be a Buddha? I think it's usually expressed as a negative: Life (or the experience of life) is unsatisfactory when you're not a Buddha; many examples of its being unsatisfactory ...
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Do enlighted people cry? Did the Buddha ever cry?

Crying can be caused due to both physical and mental reasons. Physical reasons: Irritation in the eyes. Sickness affecting the eyes. Side effects of strong medication or extremely spicy food. Mental ...
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At what point in the path is one able to recall their past lives?

Powers are generally orthogonal to insight. Most enlightened people have some powers, but not all people with powers are enlightened. The six higher powers (chalabhiññā) include the cessation of ...
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Why are Buddhas always Indian, male and human?

The question has two parts. Why only one Buddha? This is only in the Theravāda. In other Buddhist schools two, five, or up to millions of Buddhas can be seen. Two in the White Lotus, Five in the five ...
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Buddhas vs bodhisattvas vs arhats vs devas vs brahmas

Sammasambuddha - Omniscient and has attained nibbana(enlightenment) on his own without the teaching of another. Preaches the Dhamma and guides other beings to Nibbana. Had cultivated Paramitas in ...
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How do I become a Buddha, the stages of the path?

You don't follow someone else's instructions to become a Buddha. That even goes against the definition. :) Buddhavamsa contains a nice description about Paramitas. You can cultivate the mind according ...
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Why can't a Buddha's power just save us already? Like Jesus

In response to your question, may I ask what are we saving ourselves from? Samsara is an endless (and beginningless) grinding cycle where all beings are being agonized by myriad forms of suffering (...
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Teachings from Buddhas other than Gautama

In Theravada tradition, a Buddha appears in this world only after the teachings of the previous Buddha completely vanishes. It is also mentioned that the teachings of a Buddha will survive after his ...
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Buddha's omniscience

Omniscience is understood differently depending on one's school, capacity, and progress. a primitive ("hinayana") understanding, is that omniscience literally means simultaneously knowing all facts ...
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Buddhas after Bhadra Kalpa

There's no mention on the future buddhas except Metteyya buddha in the pali canon. However, there's a book, Dasabodhisattuppattikatha which was written much later than the compilation of the pali ...
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