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Buddhism, buddha




Largest religion in China, where up to 300 million people are influenced by it. (Source). Fastest growing religion in Australia. (Source). Increasingly popular in America (Source).

There are three main branches of Buddhism: Mahayana, Theravada, and Tibetan Buddhism, known as Tantrism.

[R]eligion and philosophy that developed from the teachings of the Buddha Gautama (or Gotama), who lived as early as the 6th century BC. Spreading from India to Central and Southeast Asia, China, Korea, and Japan, Buddhism has played a central role in the spiritual, cultural, and social life of the Eastern world and during the 20th century has spread to the West.
Buddhism, Encyclopedia Britannica

Basic Buddhism
What the Dalai Lama and his followers believe about God, Buddha, and other teachings.

• The current universe has evolved through natural law.

• Truth has been given through countless ages by various Buddhas or enlightened beings.

• Gautama Buddha, who lived 2,500 years ago, is the teacher for our era.

• While salvation depends on individual effort, the Buddhist is to take refuge in the Buddha, his teaching (dharma) and the Buddhist community (sangha).

• The Buddha taught Four Noble Truths: (1) suffering is real; (2) suffering is caused by selfish desire; (3) suffering will cease when selfish desire is eliminated; and (4) selfish desire will cease through following the Noble Eightfold Path.

• The Noble Eightfold Path that leads to nirvana involves (1) Right View, (2) Right Resolve, (3) Right Speech, (4) Right Action, (5) Right Livelihood, (6) Right Effort, (7) Right Mindfulness, and (8) Right Concentration.

• All living things are subject to the law of karma, the principle of cause and effect, which controls the cycle of reincarnation.

• The Buddhist is to abstain from killing, stealing, forbidden sex, lying, and the use of illicit drugs and liquor.

• There is no God or Supreme Creator.

• Buddhism is not irrational, pessimistic, or nihilistic.


Non-Christian Buddhist Divisions Good overview of the various branches of Buddhism
Christian The Buddha and What He Taught by J. Isamu Yamamoto. Part one of four articles published in the Christian Research Journal. Part two, three, four.
Christian Buddhism Summary on the Answers in Action site
Christian Correcting Buddhist Misconceptions About Christ by J. Isamu Yamamoto. From the Christian Research Journal, Summer, 1996.
Christian Jesus Through Buddhist Eyes "Meet the bodhisattva from Nazareth", by Terry C. Muck, Books & Culture, Mar/Apr 1999
Christian Sharing Your Faith With Asian Americans by J. Isamu Yamamoto
Christian What Does Buddhism teach, and how does it differ from Christianity? Short article on the Radio Bible Class site.

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Christian Buddhism, Taoism, & Other Far Eastern Religions J. Isamu Yamamoto
Christian The Compact Guide to World Religions by Dean Halverson. Includes information that helps Christians understand and reach out to Buddhists.

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AcademicNon-Christian H-Buddhism ''The Buddhist Scholars Information Network has been created to serve as a medium for the exchange of information regarding resources, events, projects, publications, job listings, and so forth, among the worldwide Buddhist scholarly community.''

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Secular Buddhism (Neutral) Extensive entry in the Encyclopedia Britannica. "This article surveys Buddhism from its origins to its elaboration in various schools, sects, and regional developments."

See Also


Christian A Comparative Analysis Of The Major World Religions From A Christian Perspective by Ernest Valea. Excellent, indepth approach.
Non-Christian DharmaNet International (Pro) "[O]ne of the first and largest Buddhist websites on the Net"
Christian World Religions Index "Equipping Christians to Understand Other World Faiths and Religious Philosophies" This Leadership University site includes articles, charts and testimonies.

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