Christian Evidences


Buddhism was spawned in a Hindu environment, and therefore has some similarities to Hinduism. Just as is the case for Hinduism, there are countless forms and expressions of Buddhism. Many of the same criticisms that are used against Hinduism have been used against Buddhism. "Buddha" is a word which means "awakened one." Buddhism began with a man who was given this title after he was asked whether he was a god, or an angel, or a saint, and he replied that he was none of these things, but that he was "awake." Buddha
(or Siddhartha Gautama of the Sakyas) was born in 560 B.C. in northern India, about 100 miles from Benares. He was born a prince, an heir to his father's throne, but when he ...

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he saw an old man who was decrepit, broken-toothed, gray-haired, and bent of body, leaning on a staff, and trembling. From this, he learned the fact of old age. Shortly afterward, he saw a diseased body lying by the road, and later, a corpse. On a fourth occasion he saw a monk and he thus learned the possibility of withdrawal from the world. He said, "Life is subject to age and death. Where is the realm of life in which there is neither age nor death?" He became acutely aware of the evanescence of the things of the world. At the age of 29, he secretly left his father's kingdom to begin a search for enlightenment. He learned from two of the foremost Hindu masters of his day, and, after six years, joined a band of ascetics. This taught him the futility of asceticism, and he therefore devoted himself to a combination of rigorous thought and mystic concentration along the lines of the fourth "path" of Hinduism, raja yoga. At one point, he seated himself beneath a fig tree (Bo tree) ...

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that which was authentic and genuine. Buddha refused to talk about metaphysical questions: It is not on the view that the world is eternal, that it is finite, that body and soul are distinct, or that the Buddha exists after death that a religious life depends. Whether these views or their opposites are held, there is still rebirth, there is old age, there is death, and grief, lamentation, suffering, sorrow, and despair . . . I have not spoken to these views because they do not conduce to absence of passion, tranquility, and Nirvana.2 Buddha said to his followers that when he was gone, he would really be gone; that they should not bother to pray to him. He was there only to point out the ...

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