Eightfold Path Of Buddhism

1632 Words 7 Pages
There is approximately five thousand different religions, belief systems and ritual practices throughout the world. From that number there is about twenty that are more popular throughout the world. According to Stephan Juan, “Christianity is the number one religion practiced in the world while Buddhism is number six” (Juan). However, Buddhism has become the fastest growing religion of the world. The earliest recorded date of Buddhism was the year 563 B.C.E, two thousand and five hundred years ago making Buddhism the oldest religion of the world. Buddhism started a few years after the birth of Buddha in Lumbini, Nepal India. On the other hand, Christianity was formed around the year 33 A.D. Approximately 33years after Christ had died …show more content…
The Buddha, meaning the awakened one, was born 500 years before Christ and he teaches that he is human, therefore, there is no almighty God. Buddha 's main focus was that desire is the greatest cause of problems in the world and the cause of suffering that people endure. The Buddha teachings can be called the Dharma religious law. People must accept that all life is lead by suffering and suffering is caused by lust and attachment. Suffering can be eliminated by following the eightfold paths. Leading to the practices of the Threefold: virtue, mind, and wisdom. The virtues eightfold path is the right speech, right action, and right livelihood, carried out by the five layman vows to practice. The mind eightfold path is the right effort, mindfulness, and concentration. These are put to practice by the use of mediation. Lastly, the wisdom eightfold path is the right view and the right intention carried out by weather you know the four noble truths. By putting all these things to use and understanding them you become right with the Buddha and able to teach others in the concept of Buddhism. In Contrast, Christianity believes in Jesus Christ, Gods one and only son, conceived by the Virgin Mary. Christ was born in Bethlehem and he was regarded as a healer and teacher of the people. Jesus is God 's one and only son sent to earth to die and be resurrected to free God 's people from sin. Jesus never sinned, but he still suffered the pains …show more content…
Seems to be a question most people wonder throughout their life. Between Buddhism and Christianity, they have two very different notions of where one goes after death. Buddhists believe in the process of rebirth. If someone lived a compassionate and responsible life, then they will carry less karma and be reborn again. Karmic law will lead the spirit to be reborn and suitable for karmic accumulations. For Buddhism, life does not just end, but goes on. Death is not the end of one 's life, but merely the end of the body of the one, ones soul was in. A person 's spirit will remain and seek out a new body to attach to. To determine where ones spirit goes after being reborn is determined by the person 's past and if they had made positive or negative choices throughout their life resulting in good or bad karma. The highest place of the afterlife is Nirvana. If one reaches this enlightenment they will escape death and be reborn into perfect tranquility. However, if one does not reach a state of liberation they will be reborn into one of the six state of minds in this order of ranking: Heaven, Human Life, Asura, Hungry Ghost, Animals and lastly Hell (Tang). Like Buddhism, Christianity also believes in the afterlife of Heaven and Hell, but to achieve the ultimate placement Christians have to live a faithful life to God. Meaning those who have lived a sinful life with no penitence for their actions will go to Hell. The belief in Christianity

Related Documents