Buddhism from a Christian View

920 Words Feb 26th, 2018 4 Pages
To the over 300 million Buddhist’s throughout the world Buddhism is much more than a religion, it is a way of life. The path of a Buddhist can be summed up in three simple sentences. The first, lead a moral life. The second, be mindful of your thoughts and actions and lastly, develop wisdom and understanding. Buddhism is said to explain injustice within the world and at the same time provide its own code of ethics to live by, leading to true happiness. To understand Buddhism as a Christian you must first learn who Siddhartha Gautama was, what the four Noble Truths are, how it relates to Nirvana and finally how Buddhism parallels with Christianity. The majority of historians believe Buddhism originated in northern India sometime in 5th century B.C. Siddhartha Gautama, who is referred to as the Buddha was born into a rich family in now what is modern day Nepal. At the age of 29 Buddha vowed to find the key to happiness by observing the suffering of the world. He vowed to find a cure to this suffering and after six years he found what he called “the middle path”. Through constant meditation he was able to attain an enlightened state of being which in the viewpoint of Buddhists has the ability to end the suffering of the world. As a teacher of Buddhism the Buddha explains that having found what seems to be a genuine teacher, one has to put one’s trust in…
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