Christ and Buddha – Related?
Christ and Buddha were born 6 centuries apart from each other, thousands of miles in distance though shared many of the same beliefs. There are many theories relating to how Buddha and Christ came to be so analogous. Today I will go over the reincarnated Buddha theory.
The Reincarnated Buddha Theory
There are many out there who would say that Jesus Christ is the reincarnation of Gautama Buddha. This is due to a number of similarities that can be identified between these two men.
- Both Christ and Buddha were allegedly born of miraculous circumstances, conceived of a virgin mother.
- Their mothers had similar names: Mary (Christ’s mother) and Maya (Buddha’s mother).
- Both were philosophical prodigies, teaching wisdom from the age of a child.
- Disciples followed both Christ and Buddha.
- Both performed “miracles” such as walking on water, levitating, and healing.
- Started a ministry or church – around the same age.
- Both Christ and Buddha disavowed worldly riches – and required their followers to do the same.
- Both were under extreme criticism and temptation, yet overcame these temptations.
- Jesus and Buddha both were rebellious to the religious elite and exposed false teachings. (Pharisees & Brahmans)
Whew! That is a lot of similarities between arguably the two most religious and philosophical influences to have ever walked the earth – but is this enough to liken Jesus Christ as the reincarnated Buddha?
There are also many differences between the men.
- For example, Buddha spoke of repeated reincarnation, whilst Christ taught of resurrection once through faith into eternal life.
- Christ taught of theism, whilst Buddha taught explicitly of omnitheism.
Common Teachings of Christ and Buddha
|Jesus Christ||Gautama Buddha|
|“Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.”||“Consider others as yourself.”|
|“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”||“Just as a mother would protect her only child at the risk of her own life, even so, cultivate a boundless heart towards all beings. Let your thoughts of boundless love pervade the whole world.”|
|“Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.”||“If you do not tend to one another then who is there to tend to you? Whoever would tend me, he should tend the sick.”|
|“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. . . . You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”||“Hard it is to understand: By giving away our food, we get more strength; by bestowing clothing on others, we gain more beauty; by founding abodes of purity and truth, we acquire great treasures. The charitable man has found the path of liberation. He is like the man who plants a sapling securing thereby the shade, the flowers and the fruit in future years. Even so is the result of charity, even so is the joy of him who helps those that are in need of assistance; even so is the great nirvana.”|
|“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”||“The charitable man has found the path of liberation.”|
|“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”||“The fault of others is easily perceived, but that of oneself is difficult to perceive; a man winnows his neighbor’s faults like chaff, but his own fault he hides, as a cheat hides the bad die from the gambler.”|
|“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”||“Hatred does not ever cease in this world by hating, but by love; this is an eternal truth. . . . Overcome anger by love, overcome evil by good, overcome the miser by giving, overcome the liar by truth.”|
|“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”||“The world gives according to their faith or according to their pleasure: if a man frets about the food and the drink given to others, he will find no rest either by day or by night.”|
|Lose self to gain Christ and entrance into heaven, where there will be no suffering.||Lose self to gain nirvana and escape from suffering.|
As you can see, these men shared the same wisdom though separated by centuries and thousands of miles in distance.
We should conclude the men shared the same access to universal wisdom, but it’s up to you to decide if Christ is the reincarnated Buddha.
Stay tuned for our next article: The Truth About Gautama Buddha