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Parallel Teachings of Buddha and Jesus

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:47 pm
by Dorje Shedrub
Though there are many differences between Buddhism and Christianity, there are similarities between some of the teachings of Buddha and Jesus. This thread is to share and discuss those similarities.

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Jesus: "Do to others as you would have them do to you." Luke 6:31
Buddha: "Consider others as yourself." Dhammapada 10:1

Jesus: "If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also." Luke 6:29
Buddha: "If anyone should give you a blow with his hand, with a stick, or with a knife, you should abandon any desires and utter no evil words." Majjhima Nikaya 21:6

Jesus: "Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me." Matthew 25:45
Buddha: "If you do not tend to one another, then who is there to tend you? Whoever would tend me, he should tend the sick." Vinaya, Mahavagga 8:26.3

Jesus: "Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take the sword will perish by the sword." Matthew 26:52
Buddha: "Abandoning the taking of life, the ascetic Gautama dwells refraining from taking life, without stick or sword." Digha Nikaya 1:1.8

Jesus: "Those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it." Mark 8:35
Buddha: "With the relinquishing of all thought and egotism, the enlightened one is liberated through not clinging." Majjhima Nikaya 72:15

Jesus: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you." Matthew 28:19-20
Buddha: "Teach the dharma which is lovely at the beginning, lovely in the middle, lovely at the end. Explain with the spirit and the letter in the fashion of Brahma. In this way you will be completely fulfilled and wholly pure." Vinaya Mahavagga 1:11.1


Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings

Re: Parallel Teachings of Buddha and Jesus

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:31 pm
by Nicholas
A related question is, did the disciples of Buddha He sent out to spread the Dhamma reach the Middle East and influence Jesus and earlier teachers in that area? I think so - but have no evidence at hand right now.

Re: Parallel Teachings of Buddha and Jesus

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:20 pm
by Dorje Shedrub
Nicholas wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:31 pm
A related question is, did the disciples of Buddha He sent out to spread the Dhamma reach the Middle East and influence Jesus and earlier teachers in that area? I think so - but have no evidence at hand right now.
I have seen claims-made saying the same thing but I'm not sure that the evidence is concrete. That would be an interesting study. I have also seen claims saying that early Christians believed in reincarnation. I would like to do a personal study of that in the future. Of course the Christian Bible does not include all early Christian sources and many things were weeded out.

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Re: Parallel Teachings of Buddha and Jesus

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:35 pm
by Nicholas
Dorje Shedrub wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:20 pm
I have also seen claims saying that early Christians believed in reincarnation. I would like to do a personal study of that in the future. Of course the Christian Bible does not include all early Christian sources and many things were weeded out.

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Pretty sure Origen believed in & taught pre-existence, if not rebirth. Also some verses imply rebirth, like when Jesus is asked if he was Elijah (or was that John the Baptist?).

Re: Parallel Teachings of Buddha and Jesus

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:17 am
by DNS
Nicholas wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:35 pm
Pretty sure Origen believed in & taught pre-existence, if not rebirth. Also some verses imply rebirth, like when Jesus is asked if he was Elijah (or was that John the Baptist?).
I believe some have suggested that John the Baptist was / is Elijah (reincarnated). Both prophesied the coming messiah, both subsisted on locusts in the desert, both lived pretty much a monastic, solitary life; virtually monks as far as we know.