Actually there is not a lot of similarity except for the feeling
that being "good" is better for the followers than being "bad".
Examples and comparisons:
Means of salvation:
- Buddhism: To contemplate the truth of each moment, allowing
practitioner to see the Four Noble Truths of life.
- Christianity: Salvation through faith, and a relationship with
Jesus Christ and daily repentance of sins.
Holy days/Day of Worship:
- Buddhism: No one day is deemed holier then another. Worshipping
is merely a cultural practice and has a socializing aspect.
- Christianity: Many special days, Sunday in general and
Christmas, Easter, New Year, Pentecost, Saints' Feast Days
Uniqueness of Belief:
- Buddhism: Buddhism is a Dharmic religion withs no contradiction
in following more than one religion.
- Christianity: Judaism is a true religion, but with incomplete
revelation and Islam is a false religion. All other religions are
- Buddhism: There is no religious rules. The Dharma, however,
describes nature or reality. For example, if there is an effect,
there is a cause. .
- Christianity: The 10 Commandments are a base but following the
whole Bible (except got the micromanagement of the OT laws) is
Belief in a deity:
- Buddhism: Most believe in revering enlightened beings. No
belief in a Supreme Creator. Zen Buddhists don't believe in
- Christianity: A belief in the Trinity of God - The Father (God)
- The Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit.
- Buddhism: Regularly visit temple to socialize and make
offerings to the Buddha and to develop the mind and apprecuiate the
need for proper behaviour and attitude.
- Christianity: Regularly church attendance (especially on
Sundays) for Worship. Doing good works and spreading the wordis
- Buddhism: No priestly hierarchy in Buddhism
- Christianity: Priests, monks, ministers, pastors, bishops,
Elders, Deacons, Youth Ministers, Sunday School Teachers ave a
special position in the community..
God's role in salvation:
- Buddhism: Each person is his own refuge.
- Christianity: Ultimate judgment by God.
- Buddhism: The internal Buddha nature is good and leads
ultimately towards enlightenment.
- Christianity: The base of human nature is "original sin"
inherited from Adam. It exhibits itself as a tendency towards
There are too many differences to list. Some of the
major ones are:
- View of a creator: Christians believe undoubtedly that there is
one god, who created everything and everyone. In Buddhism, it is
not required to believe in any single or multiple god(s). It is
possible to be Agnostic/Atheist and Buddhist. The idea of a creator
is really irrelevant to Buddhist teachings.
- View of an afterlife: Christians believe that after you die,
you will either be sent to Heaven or Hell (a possible state of
purgatory is also a widely held belief among some Christians). If
you live a good life in accordance with Christian teachings, you
will be rewarded by spending eternity in the presence of God (aka
Heaven). If you do not, you will have to spend your eternity in
Hell. Buddhists, on the other hand, view life in a completely
different way. They believe in reincarnation, which means that
every living thing goes through a constant cycle of birth, life,
death, and repeat.
- Goal of life: A Christian's main objective in life is to adhere
to God's will, thus allowing him or her to gain entrance into
Heaven. A buddhist's main objective in life, however, is to reach
enlightenment. This means that through Buddhist practices and
meditation, you have found the greatest truth or truths of the
universe, allowing you to break the cycle of life and death,
ultimately leading to release from the suffering of this
- How you are judged: Christians believe that God is the sole
judge of our actions. He observes our lives, and based on how we
live, decides our eternal fate. In the Buddhist faith, however,
there isn't an overseeing figure to make these judgements.
Buddhists believe in the law of Karma. This is a universal system
of reward and punishment that is unbiased and unforgiving. All of
your actions will have consequences. If you live a bad or evil
life, you will be punished for it in one of your future lives. If
you live a good life, you will reap the benefits because good
things will happen to you.
These are just a few of the major differences between Christianity
Buddhism is founded on the teachings of Buddha who did not
subscribe to an immortal soul or supreme deity ( God ).
Christianity is founded on the belief of Jesus Christ as the son of
God who was crucified and died to pay for the sins of man then
resurrected from the dead. Those who believe this in their heart
and confess it to others can call themselves Christians.
There are ancient Tibetan scrolls such as "The life of St.
in which the life of someone called Jesus is
recorded. Supposedly Jesus spent his educational years from the age
of approximately thirteen to the age of twenty-five studying in
India and Tibet. He found himself into problems when he challenged
the Hindu Brahmanical leaders and their oppressive class system.
It is my opinion from my extensive research into religious
theologies that the teachings of Jesus were those, which he learnt
from his Buddhists teachers. These teachings later clashed with the
laws of Moses in Jerusalem and he paid the ultimate price of
- Buddhism predates Christianity by 500 years and may have
influenced the thinking that eventually resulted in
- Christianity is predicated on the need of a deity or Jesus to
step in and absolve you of sin for you to gain heaven or conversely
send you to eternal damnation. Buddhism sees the attainment of
enlightenment as the product of personal endeavor, no deity is
involved or required.
- Christianity is based on the concept of one person one
lifetime, Buddhism allows for numerous (potentially countless)
lifetimes of progress towards enlightenment.
- Chsitianity is based on a dichotomy between good and evil.
Buddhism sees some actions as being more satisfying than others in
the long run.
- Christianity offers a list of does and don't for the proper
conduct of ones life (10 Commandments, Golden Rule, etc.). In
Buddhism the Eightfold Path is a list of general suggestions for a
more satisfactory life.
The fundamental difference is that Christianity believes in GOD as
creater where Buddhist don't.