Originally posted by DoctorScribbles
Is there anything about either of these that precludes one from practicing and believing the tenets of both? Can a good Chrisitan also practice Buddhism? Can a Buddhist believe in the triune God of the Bible?
Buddhism and Christianity share much in common.
As I understand it, The Four Nobel Truths of Buddhism are roughly as follows.
1. This world and all life is suffering.
2. The cause of our suffering is desire, in particular attachment to material things, attachment to this world.
3. We all will eventually end our suffering by realizing 1 & 2 and turning away from the materials things and attitudes of this world.
4. Once we achieve this, we may start on the eight fold path to enlightenment and ultimate happiness. The eight fold path is roughly…
Compare these to the messages in the Bible.
1. Matt 18:7 Woe unto the world because of offenses! For it must needs be that offenses come: but woe to that man by whom offense cometh!
2. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven, and all things shall be added unto you. Do not store up your treasures here on earth, but store them up in Heaven.” (Paraphrased)
3. Haggai 1:5 Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways.”
Psalms 1:6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
I Cor. 15:22-23 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own turn...
4. Matt 5:48 Be yee therefore perfect, even as your father which is in heaven is perfect.
The law of karma is also described in the book of Galatians.
Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
To answer your question, it would be impossible for a Christian to practice Christianity and not practice Buddhism to some degree, and vice versa.
Christians tend to focus more on Jesus and the external. Buddhists look to themselves for the truth. This doesn’t have to be a difference though. Based on my interpretation of the scripture Christians are supposed to find Jesus within themselves.