In their purest form the teachings of both Buddha and Christ for virtuous living are identical. The great difference, as I see it, is Christ's teachings on the Kingdom of Heaven-a subject The Buddha did not delve into. As he was dying (as I understand the tale) Buddha's disciples asked him, "Teacher, you have taught us all we know about living in this world, but what is in the next?" To which the Buddha answered, "How can I teach what I do not know?" Was not Jesus the logical continuation of Universal Truth?
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Yeah true. Though, in the God thing - worshipping an 'idol' is just as bad apparently, even if they aren't considered a God. No one says that they have to combine completely...not all Buddhists follow all rules, nor all Christians.
Interesting, but not surprising, that my Christian friends have more of a problem with this than any of my Buddhist friends.
It's my understanding that Buddhists do not regard Buddha as a god. He is an example to live by, to help them reach enlightenment, but was never a deity.
I'm a lay servant for the United Methodist church and as such I am also a follower of John Wesley and his teachings. So what, for you, is the big difference?
You have a very strange way of looking at life,the universe, and everything.
Life is for the living. Jesus is dead, Buddha is dead - Goodness Gracious! That's what matters to humanity & The Universe (TU). Religion matters to state and country.
So as Homer Simpson says, "Doh" or in a young person's vocabulary "Duhh".