Buddhism and Hinduism : Differences
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#1 Sep 22, 2013
Here is an article about Buddhism and it's discussion on differences with Buddhism.
The differences are many:
1) Buddhism in one instance unites the millions of holy beings in the Arya Sangha under the banner of the Dharma (Sila, Paramitas) under Buddha =Shunyata=uncreated=Nirvana Dhatu.
That alone is pure genius! It allows the millions of gods, sages etc. perfect direction for one pointed minded ness.
This is also superior to monotheism, since "0" is a far more accurate description of the nature of the highest state.
2) perfection of Dharma, the Sila and Paramitas if you really understand them has a deep inner meaning. It has both negative and positive aspects! What is right and wrong is clearly indicated. If you break Sila you know you will be punished through your own karma.
You are also encouraged to cleanse your mind and think and discuss things if there is a question. Not to follow blindly!
3) points to the divinity of our nature immediately.
4) the absolute beauty of the 4 Noble truths, turning of the wheel of Dharma!
Too many awesome things in this beautiful sasana!
#2 Sep 24, 2013
Many also state that Buddhists "borrowed" Hindu gods.
1) Buddha never did away with any ancient gods, in fact, he tells his followers to respect the dieties presiding in the countries they go to.
2) Buddhism is NOT like the Abrahamic religions and demands exclusive devotion. However, Buddha did say to properly understand them. Buddha spoke against blind beliefs.
This makes Buddhists friendly to all humans and dieties of any country. REMEMBER: Metta has the power to even make demonic dieties into divine beings. So don't go around being judgemental about other peoples gods.
3) However, that being said, these dieties are to be understood from the safety of the Buddha Refuge to guard against any possibility of enmity or malefic influence, and possibly even spell attack from priests and followers who don't like YOU for being Buddhist. for Buddhists- Buddha, Dharma and Sangha are the supreme guide and markers. Any confusion is to be resolved through the 4 Noble Truths. These 4 truths are absolute and anything false falls by the wayside against these truths.
4) now, the question becomes, should Buddhists use mantras from Hindus of various gods and goddesses or should they look for a Buddhist version?
That will be in the next post!
#3 Sep 26, 2013
1) Buddhist keeps Buddha, Dharma, Sangha always as primary guide and refuge--no one else. Any other deity of others must be investigated- no strange gods -- they must accept Buddha Dharma as supreme and as their guide.
2) this Buddha Sasana is in this world but not of it. It is a creation of a parallel system with an opposing stream or srota. Buddhists are born of the New Law.
To illustrate, it's like this world runs on DOS operating system, Buddha gave us UNIX.
In other words devout Buddhists are running on a completely different platform. Any deity that wishes to participate in your system must be ADAPTED to the new Buddha Dharma system...
So, no-- not a good idea to use practices from other systems or integrate them unless done so by an expert.
Many deities were converted and integrated through the Mahayana sutras.
#4 Sep 27, 2013
Now, the universal system compatibility to not only Hindu deities but all other deities is provided by the Mahayana Bodhisatva Arya Avalokiteshvar.
This all systems compatibility is discussed in The Highest Dharma Lotus Sutra.
Arya Avalokiteshvar is able to transform into any deity with any language and give a Dharma lesson, drawing one closer to the Buddha.
For Hinduism, it means now Shiva, Ganesha, Brahma, Vishnu all the Mahavidyas or Goddesses have been perfectly converted to the Buddhist system.
Now the question is, why is the Buddhist system superior? What mistakes happened in the Indian system according to Indians themselves as to why this world is called the "Saha world" or suffering world?
The reasons are given in the Puranas as ancient legends, some also can be traced to the Bible --curses! These curses on preBuddhist humanity might be the very reason for the arrival of Lord Buddha.
#5 Sep 30, 2013
Now the Puranas and the Bible mention several curses on humanity due to our arrogant/ignorant forefathers.
There is a curse on Brahma the creator for arrogantly thinking he knows everything-- this is the Creator god who is cursed by Shiva for lying about finding the end of a fiery linga or endless pillar of wisdom.
In turn Daksha, Brahma's son, a Brahmin, curses Shiva. Than a whole slew of curses and counter curses follow in the story of Daksha Prajapati-- where both Brahmins and Shiva followers and in turn all of the universe is cursed. Then Vishnu is cursed.
The Bible seems to agree, we all are cursed. We start with humans being cursed, killed etc. and their god pronouncing the end of the covenant!
Whew! And we wonder why there is soo much suffering in this world.
Well, when you make a big fat mess like that, who you gonna call? Yup, Lord Buddha.
That is why in the Tipitika, we see Brahma greatly concerned that Buddha will not teach! This would mean THE END OF THE WORLD!
But no, Buddha is convinced -- and he creates a brand new parallel world system- uncurseable as long as Buddhists practice, and all accommodating-- All Gods, Humans and every being is invited to join the new system and escape from the cursed system!
#6 Oct 1, 2013
Many Buddhists ask, why did Lord Buddha wait to be entreated by Lord Brahma if he was going to preach anyway? Was Buddha really going to not preach the new system?
In the Samyutta Nikaya, Brahma Samyutta, we have this:
`Indeed the world is going to be destroyed if the worthy, rightfully enlightened, Thus Gone One's mind, bends to living at ease and not preaching.
7..Then Brahma Sahampathy as quickly as a strong man would stretch his bent arm or bend his stretched arm, disappeared from the world of brahma and appeared before the Blessed One
8. Then Brahma Sahampathy arranging his robe on one shoulder, put the right knee on the ground and clasping his hands towards the Blessed One said:
ßVenerable sir, Blessed One, well gone one, preach the Teaching, there are beings with few defilements, they would deteriorate not hearing the Teaching. There will be those who understand the Teaching.
9. Brahma Sahampathy further said thus:
ßIn Magadha, in the past the impure teaching was present erroneously thought out.
Open the door to deathlessness! May the pure Teaching be heard!
As one standing on a rock, at the top of a mountain, could see the populace on all sides,
Wise one, I compare you there, ascend the mansion and relieve the grieving.
Look at those overcome with birth and decay. Hero steady and win the battle
Be the caravan leader and tour the world without a debt.
Blessed One, proclaim the Teaching. There will be those who understand!û
#7 Oct 2, 2013
The reason Lord Buddha waits for Brahma To desperately ask Buddha to teach was because he was going to make huge changes -- he was being asked to "save the world" - for that he needed to make sure he could say he was being supported by heaven.
In other words, when priests from other old traditions start questioning Buddha, Buddha could rightly say, "This is heaven's decree, I was authorized by heaven by none other than Brahma himself! Those who are against the changes and present an opposition are against heaven and will be crushed under the Dharma wheel!"
To reject Buddha's Dharma was to reject the new heavenly decree.
#8 Oct 2, 2013
Buddhaghosa (E.g., SA.i.155) explains that the Buddha was reluctant to preach, not on account of indolence, but because he wished Sahampati to make him this request. For, thought the Buddha, the world honours Brahmā greatly, and when people realized that Brahmā himself had begged of the Buddha to spread his teaching, they would pay more attention to it. Sahampati was, at this time, the most senior of the Brahmās (jettha-Mahābrahm ā)(DA.ii.467).
#9 Oct 14, 2013
Now Brahma Sahampathy says something else.. Only impure teachings were given in Magadha.
Now Hindus should also ask the question, did any of their scriptures come from God himself?
The Vedas were heard by imperfect Rishis, the same with the Puranas, Mahabharat, Ramayana. At other world scriptures, we see Moses also imperfect afraid to even speak, Worse we have Mohammad who had a huge problem with right and wrong since he married a 9 year old when he was 50.
Mere hearing of scriptures does not mean perfect moral purity of the hearer.
Not one scripture comes from the mouth of God himself. So how do the Hindus know their scriptures are correct? Rama NEVER wrote the Ramayana, Krishna never wrote the Mahabharat or any of the stories.
However, we have Buddha Vachanam. The ONLY scriptures given by God himself.
Who is Buddha? He is God as teacher. Unlike the hearers of scriptures of other traditions, Buddha has perfected All Paramitas, Perfected Morality. He donates this body of virtue to us! This is the Dhammakaya. Our evil is displaced with the Dhammakaya when we take refuge in The Lord with complete faith!
This makes Buddhists pure, their religion clean. Buddhists follow perfection, Hindus imperfection. Their Vedas is uncertain.
And what do the Hindus do? They follow another evil man, Adi Sankaracharya.
Need I say more?
#10 Oct 15, 2013
The Hindu killed off many many monks and nuns and destroyed temples so that is why now in India Buddhism is not prevalent
#11 Oct 15, 2013
can you elaborate on why you called Adi Sankaracharya evil ? what's the story about ?
#12 Oct 15, 2013
This guy is considered a genius by the Hindus, the one who made Hinduism "Triumph" over Buddhism.
So what is his great teaching? Well, Hindus should worship 5 gods:
The deities were Shiva, Vishnu, Shakti, Ganesh and Surya.
This was his great genius.
According to Hindu scriptures, Hindu sages, far from the perfection of Lord Buddha -- themselves cursed their own gods to suffer- this includes severe curses on both Shiva and Vishnu.
So Mr. Adishankara was so foolish as to have the ignorant Hindus worship the cursed gods.
The Gods that these incompetent, foolish Hindu sages were saved and revived by whom? Yes, you guessed it Lord Buddha.
Buddha gave them life again and destroyed their curses. Far from being Hindu Gods, these gods are not borrowed from Hinduism but rather saved from further molestation and harassment by stupid Hindus.
The Hindus raped goddesses in their so called holy texts aka Ramayana and Mahabharata.
They question who do these gods/goddesses belong to? The ones who cursed them and try to destroy them or the one that gave them life?
These gods naturally belong to Lord Buddha and thus Buddhists who treat them well and abide by Dharma.
Also, since Buddha is all encompassing wisdom, Buddhists worship the Highest God, all wisdom is a manifestation of Buddha. Buddhists don't need to worship multiple gods since any bloodless sacrificial offerings are distributed to all beings through Buddha.
#13 Oct 15, 2013
This is not just Hindus, in the Bible story of Lot men wanted to rape angels...sheesh. It is no wonder celibacy became very important in the teachings. They were going too far in their imaginings of gods and men consorting with one another.
The fact is -- this is all their imagination, perverted imaginations! Buddha said there is no god consorting with humans, gods get repulsed at even the sight of a human due to the human stench of lust, greed, hatred. They only help the most virtuous ones who are controlled and cannot be seen with eyes of the flesh.
#14 Oct 15, 2013
There was a decline in Buddhism caused by many monks constantly predicting Buddhism will disappear from India and tantric Buddhists who did not keep the vow of celibacy and were involved in low and disgusting practices which really turned off the people from Buddhism.
Indian Buddhism became almost wholly tantric with really stupid monks trying to make destructive predictions about Buddhism in India...called The Dharma Ending Age-- and the Brahmins took full advantage of defaming the Dharma due to these incompetent monks who did not understand much.
#15 Oct 16, 2013
Non Buddhist sects spread vicous rumours about Lord Buddha when he was alive, what would happen after he left?
What did the nonBuddhist sects say? Buddhism was robbing the mothers of their sons, depriving wives of their husbands, and that Buddhists were obstructing the progress of the nation.
Not understanding that Lord Buddha had to establish Dharma Siddhis in humanity for the world to regenerate!
What is Dharma Siddhi? This is another thing absent in Hinduism.
Dharma Siddhi means perfection of the Sila and Paramitas once a human was able to keep the precepts or Paramitas, they were further developed--than Buddhists had to release these pure Dharma elements for the good of all beings!
Basically Lord Buddha created the "unexcelled field of merit" -- The Sangha for the good of the world. Buddhists must NEVER forget how important their roles are -- how important the precepts and Paramitas are! Buddhists are engaging in the greatest act of self sacrifice to help regenerate the living world!
Evil ones are trying to malign the Dharma of The Lord --this very Dharma and institution of moral and celibate monks and nuns and moral lay Buddhists... it saved a collapsing world from final destruction -- Buddhists must realize how important this is and practice like there is no tomorrow! The Dharma of Buddha must be taught to all who wish to make this world a better place!
#16 Oct 17, 2013
Now why would Brahma say the world would come to an end if Lord Buddha would not teach?
The curses on humanity pretty much cut human beings from heaven, more and more demonic forces were being born to outnumber heavenly and human forces, this is stated in the MahaHovinda Sutta, where thanks to Lord Buddha, heavens were once again being repopulated with new and even more glorious gods than before!
These new Gods created by Buddha Dharma outshone all previous gods, heaven was no longer emptying, but outnumbering the demonic forces:
Seeing new-come Devas, fair and glorious
Who've lived the holy life, now well reborn.
Outshining all the rest in fame and splendour,
The mighty Sage's pupils singled out.
Seeing this, the Thirty-Three rejoice, their leader too,
Praising the Tathagata, and Dhamma's truth.
At this, Lord, the Thirty-Three Gods rejoiced still more, saying :The Devas hosts are growing, the asuras hosts are declining!
#17 Oct 18, 2013
Only the world no longer know the 3 Jewels would the future Buddha, Maitreya came. It would be a great blessing to see the Buddha walk the earth once again.
My question is what is your opinion about Buddha Maitreya and when will He come to earth ?
#18 Oct 18, 2013
Buddha said it was incumbent on all of us to strive to reach the highest we can according to the Dharma and be resolved on becoming Buddha ourselves- that is truly honoring the Buddha.
Everyone says Maitreya is the next Buddha-- but in the Nikayas, it was Sariputta who was called the eldest son-- worthy of inheriting Buddhahood?
Maybe Maitreya is already here on earth training as a Bodhisat!
As wonderful as it is to have a Buddha on earth, we must not give up and continue striving and teaching more Buddhists and nonBuddhists the great teachings!
Buddhists must continue preparing this world with glorious merit fields of virtue so that all beings on this earth reach even greater heights!
#19 Oct 18, 2013
PS I would never want the Dharma to disappear. Just because the Dharma disappears, who knows when the Buddha will appear? How long will it take?
I think that is the reason for the Dharma decline in India, they wanted Buddha on earth again as a human.
The sooner they declined, they thought he would come in person -- way too much risk!
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