“All who ever came before Me were thieves and robbers, and the sheep did not listen to them. I (Jesus) am the door, no one comes to the Father but by Me” – Jesus, John 10:8,9
Buddhism sprang from Hinduism but denies the authority of the Vedas. Because of the continual change and sects and factions, it can no longer be called a religion but rather, like Hinduism, a family of religions. The following graphic contains fast facts on Buddhism.
A decrepit old man
A sick man
A corpse on its way to cremation
A monk begging food
This is an early Buddhism sect which is nearly extinct in India but prevalent in Sri Lanka and some parts of southeast Asia.
This sect believes there is no God, only Nirvana. Buddha is a saint.
The Theravada sect places an emphasis on man as an individual and on his own in the universe.
This is a later Buddhist sect which was prevalent in China & Japan (and parts of Southeast Asia). China’s communist revolution would find a readily-compatible religious belief system in Buddhism.
This sect believes that Buddha is a savior (in some extreme Mahayana groups, he is god)
Lamaist Buddhism began in the 7th century AD. It primarily combines Mahayana Buddhism and Tibetan Animism (Occultism).
Zen Buddhism is a branch of Mahayana Buddhism which was derived from Bodhidharma, a wandering Buddhist master living in India 600 B.C
Bodhidharma claimed that the basic tenets of Buddhism are not derived from the scriptures but rather transmitted from mind to mind and need no explanation in words.
There are varying books of authoritative value across the sects of Buddhism:
The three main sects of Buddhism have their own approach to authoritative sacred writings and can be broken down by the following groupings:
The Chinese canon alone is nearly 5000 volumes.
Nearly any charismatic Mahayana leader’s teachings tend to be fully accepted by his followers as ‘scripture’ making it nearly impossible to learn (much less follow) the voluminous and contradictory writings of the Mahayana Buddhist.
He from whom the delights of the senses fall away as water from the petal of the lotus or a mustard seed from the point of a needle – him do I call Brahmana. (priests and/or scholars of the highest Indian caste)
He who in this world has shaken off the two chains; the chain of Good and the chain of Evil; who is pure and exempt from suffering and passion – him I call Brahmana
He who has rejected that which causes pleasure and that which causes suffering, he who is impassive, liberated from all germs, the hero who has raised himself above all worlds – him do I call a Brahmana
“That, conjoined with passion & luxury which is low, vulgar, common, ignoble and useless.” – Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha) c.f. Catholicism
“That, conjoined with self-torture which is painful, ignoble, & useless”
Kill no living thing
Do not steal
Do not commit adultery
Tell no lies
Do not drink intoxicants or take drugs