The Differences Between Buddhism And Buddhism

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Renowned boxer Muhammad Ali once stated, “Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths”. Ali’s words remain an important lesson to learn from – new disputes and violent events flood the news daily, and with each passing day, people continue to argue the differences between the teachings of their spiritual leaders. Most of them even tend to look over or ignore the vague connections these leaders share. Whether it is Siddhartha Gautama or the “Buddha”, Muhammad, Jesus, or even Abraham, there are bound to be some parallels between these “founding fathers” of religion. Among the numerous spiritual groups that exist in the world, Christianity and Buddhism are two religions that, in actuality, share many similarities. When one is able to look past the differences, it is plain to see that their spiritual leaders, Jesus and Siddhartha Gautama (also known as “Gautama Buddha” or “the Buddha”), were alike in more ways than one. Both Jesus and the Buddha shared connections in their accentuation of leading humble, righteous lives, their constant rejection of Satan and his advances, and in the fact that the religions they founded both had roots in the ones they were raised with. Jesus and the Buddha were adamant believers in living in a humble, upright manner, with a strong detachment from material goods and money. Siddhartha Gautama was the Buddha’s given name before he became known as
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