My name's Justin, and I'm a Buddhist. I take bits from Hindu, and Taoist philosophy as well though. I blog about religion, politics, philosophy, and whatever else I feel like blogging about. I've grown a lot over the years, but I'm still far from where I want to be. If you have any questions then ask away! Don't be shy.
Christianity as well as Buddhism both have a mass of followers, and each group has distinct differences whenever you look at how their followers adhere to each of their religions as well as to the others respective beliefs. The people who believe in Christianity in modern times are simply very miss-informed and are being led into the illusion of what the clergy believes to be true. Truthfully, the adherents are incredibly ignorant of their own religion and do not for the life of them know Christianity really is. Many Christian mystics realized this and began to preach Christianity as it really was intended to be taught. The whole notion of the damned and of the people who are saved is preposterous. What the Christians don’t realize is that the saved need the damned so that they know they are saved and going to salvation just as the damned need the saved so they know they are going to hell, they are inseparable opposites and they go together just as white goes with black and a front with a back, you simply need it in order for the Christian thought process to continue. (Eastern Wisdom Modern Life pg.194) Which to dwell on that thought, one will eventually come to realize what was just said and they will laugh at the folly of their past actions, you are the saved just as much as you are the damned because the other person is the outward reflection of what we are inside. Another folly that Christians fall into is the contradiction of democracy being the best government whenever the kingdom of heaven is supposedly a monarchy, and by following that logic wouldn’t the ideal government then be a monarchy instead of a democracy? (Eastern Wisdom Modern Life pg. 195) In response to that, the actual reality of the whole situation is that if god is omnipotent and omniscient then we are actually god, and Jesus knew this very well whenever he said “I and the Father are one”. Now by that notion, since we all are god and god is all of us then there is no monarchy in heaven, it’s just freedom. However because Christians see themselves as being something separate from God, they are taught that they ought to love him, and they must love him or else one will face eternal damnation. (This Is IT pg. 64) The Church forces a follower to love God and if he or she cannot then they have not been touched by the grace of God which just leaves the adherent hopeless and feels as if he will be forever damned to roam in hell with all of the other evil people. If one traces back to the fact that we all are really God and that God is all of us then if we love ourselves then we essentially love God and everyone else around us thus being saved from eternal damnation, and all great Christian mystics know this well. The final point is the fact that Christianity as it is taught today has another flaw which its followers fall into which is the attempt at absolute morality. In Christianity it seems to be absolute good against absolute evil, which is incredibly sad because whenever one makes a mistake and commits an immoral act, which people regularly do because it is in their habitual actions, they feel distanced from what they believe to be God, which in turn bottles up a world of anxiety and guilt which builds to the point that they reject the idea or notion of anything being God or God-like. (This is IT pg.90) It is only when one realizes that “I and the Father are one” that it actually clicks within a Christian and the reality of mystical experience opens up to them. They have no real need to strive for absolute morality because good depends on the evil, just as saints need sinners and vice versa, they are interconnected like a web of diamonds where each diamond reflects the other. Therefore as one can see, the vast majority of Christian followers today are so disillusioned by the long-standing public form of Christianity, that they miss the point completely.
Now whenever it comes to followers of Buddhism, the vast majority of them tend to be very humble and gracious in their studies and teachings. The main thing that the Buddhists have that Christians don’t have, is an intellectual understanding of their own religion. Buddhists know that the everything is one and that the one is the everything, the only difference is that they need to feel it deep in their bones. The realization of this is called enlightenment, whenever the cessation of suffering is complete and one realizes the true nature of things. Many people have become enlightened over time, and many have come close, falling short only to the fact that they didn’t feel it within them to be true. The problem with the Buddhist attainment of enlightenment or nirvana is that is can not be spoken of without losing it completely. This is best said through Lao Tzu’s first verse in his Tao Te Ching, “The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. The name that can be named is not the eternal Name.” Therefore a truly enlightened being will see true reality and not be able to speak of it because it transcends all words, symbols, ideas, and conceptions that human beings manifest within their minds. The downfall with people who claim to be Buddhists is that they miss the point by calling themselves a Buddhist and a follower of the Buddha, because all the Buddha did was point his finger to the moon, but some of the followers mistook the finger for the moon itself. A true Buddhist clings to nothing, and goes with the flow of the river called life. Many Buddhists also realize that the truth does not lie in words, but in experience which can only come from “coming off it” as said in Alan Watts The Book On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are. A follower of Buddhism recognizes that he is not really a follower because there is nothing to learn, you only unlearn the troubles of which caused your mind to be tangled up into the symbols and ideas of life as such to see the actual reality of things. Overall, the mass of Buddhist adherents whether they are willfully ignorant or truly enlightened, they know deep down that they are life, and that life is them. Therefore whenever one stands backs and looks at both masses of followers, they realize the ignorance of the Christians attitude as distinct from the Buddhist’s humble, peaceful attitude.