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The Truth About Buddhism

Everyone is talking about mindfulness these days, but where does this idea come from & is it compatible with the Bible?

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The Truth About Buddhism

  1. 1. the Truth about Buddhism
  2. 2. Buddhism is a philosophy based on the teachings of Gautama Buddha.
  3. 3. Tradition Beliefs Spiritual Practices
  4. 4. Buddha, “the awakened one”, lived & taught in India around the 6th-4th centuries B.C.E.
  5. 5. “I have taught one thing and one thing only, dukkha and the cessation of dukkha.” - The Buddha
  6. 6. Human Suffering Anxiety Stress Disappointment
  7. 7. 1. The Truth of Dukkha- Life is Suffering 2. The Truth of the Origin of Dukkha- Suffering has a cause. 3. The Truth of the Cessation of Dukkha- Suffering has an end. 4. The Truth of the Path of Liberation from Dukkha- 8 fold path to end suffering. There are 4 ‘Noble Truths’ of Buddhism:
  8. 8. 1. Perfect view or understanding 2. Perfect thought or attitude 3. Perfect speech 4. Perfect action 5. Perfect livelihood 6. Perfect effort 7. Perfect mindfulness 8. Perfect Enlightenment Buddhism teaches an 8 Fold Path to Overcoming Dukkha The 8 fold path is often translated as “right” view, “right” thought, etc. , but according to one adherent it’s better translated as perfect & complete because there is no concept of right & wrong- just different & incomplete.
  9. 9. According to Buddhism, the main path to overcoming suffering is: Meditation or the practice of mindfulness.
  10. 10. Meditation is the practice of centering oneself & clearing one’s mind. meditation takes you into a different reality or dimension. Meditation involves breathing practices, exercises, and/or chanting. Mindfulness is achieved through meditation.
  11. 11. The ultimate goal of Buddhism is Nirvana.
  12. 12. Unbound Compared to a flame burning by itself Beyond human under- standing Full understanding can only come outside of time & space.
  13. 13. Buddhists Basics Meditation is important No belief in God Believe in humanity’s ability to save itself Humans can become little Buddha’s Right & Wrong is determined by knowing oneself Continual rebirth until Nirvana is achieved 300 million people follow the teachings of Buddha. Buddhists seek human wisdom & faith doesn’t play a part. Buddhists bow to statues of Buddha to show honor. Buddhists believe in karma i.e. if you’re born handicapped, maybe it’s due to the actions in another life. Buddhism 101:
  14. 14. Sounds good right???
  15. 15. WRONG!
  16. 16. Let’s compare Buddhism to an ancient text that has stood the test of time…
  17. 17. The Bible
  18. 18. Human Suffering Anxiety Stress Disappointment
  19. 19. Yes it does!!!
  20. 20. Jesus healed many who suffered! The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. -Matthew 4:24
  21. 21. The followers of Jesus taught about anxiety… Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. -Philippians 4:6
  22. 22. Jesus taught His followers that worry & stress would never add 1 day to their lives… So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. -Matthew 6:34
  23. 23. The ancient book of Psalms taught about disappointment… To You (God) they (Israelites) cried out and were delivered; In You (God) they trusted and were not disappointed. -Psalm 22:5
  24. 24. 1. The Truth of Dukkha- Life is Suffering 2. The Truth of the Origin of Dukkha- Suffering has a cause. 3. The Truth of the Cessation of Dukkha- Suffering has an end. 4. The Truth of the Path of Liberation from Dukkha- 8 fold path to end suffering. Does the Bible have “noble” truths about life, suffering, the end of suffering, & the path to life?
  25. 25. Yes it does! For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of the LORD is everlasting. Praise the LORD! -Psalm 117:2
  26. 26. 1. The Truth of Dukkha- Life is Suffering 2. The Truth of the Origin of Dukkha- Suffering has a cause. 3. The Truth of the Cessation of Dukkha- Suffering has an end. 4. The Truth of the Path of Liberation from Dukkha- 8 fold path to end suffering. Does the Bible say that life is suffering?
  27. 27. The Bible does not pretend that suffering does not exist, rather it provides hope in the midst of suffering! For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. -Romans 8:18
  28. 28. 1. The Truth of Dukkha- Life is Suffering 2. The Truth of the Origin of Dukkha- Suffering has a cause. 3. The Truth of the Cessation of Dukkha- Suffering has an end. 4. The Truth of the Path of Liberation from Dukkha- 8 fold path to end suffering. Does the Bible reveal the cause of suffering?
  29. 29. Yes it does! The root cause of suffering is man’s disobedience to God… Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— -Romans 5:12
  30. 30. 1. The Truth of Dukkha- Life is Suffering 2. The Truth of the Origin of Dukkha- Suffering has a cause. 3. The Truth of the Cessation of Dukkha- Suffering has an end. 4. The Truth of the Path of Liberation from Dukkha- 8 fold path to end suffering. Does the Bible promise an end to suffering?
  31. 31. Yes it does! He (God) will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. -Revelation 21:4
  32. 32. 1. The Truth of Dukkha- Life is Suffering 2. The Truth of the Origin of Dukkha- Suffering has a cause. 3. The Truth of the Cessation of Dukkha- Suffering has an end. 4. The Truth of the Path of Liberation from Dukkha- 8 fold path to end suffering. Does the Bible provide a path to overcoming suffering?
  33. 33. Yes- His name is Jesus! I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me (Jesus). Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I (Jesus) have overcome the world. - John 16:33
  34. 34. Does the Bible teach perfection based on human effort?
  35. 35. The Bible teaches that Jesus is perfect & His followers are being made like Him. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation. - Hebrews 5:9
  36. 36. 1. Perfect view or understanding 2. Perfect thought or attitude 3. Perfect speech 4. Perfect action 5. Perfect livelihood 6. Perfect effort 7. Perfect mindfulness 8. Perfect Enlightenment Buddhism teaches an 8 Fold Path to Overcoming Dukkha Is it possible to have a perfect/complete view of suffering?
  37. 37. Yes! But only if you have the right focus… Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. - Hebrews 12:2
  38. 38. 1. Perfect view or understanding 2. Perfect thought or attitude 3. Perfect speech 4. Perfect action 5. Perfect livelihood 6. Perfect effort 7. Perfect mindfulness 8. Perfect Enlightenment Buddhism teaches an 8 Fold Path to Overcoming Dukkha Can I have a perfect/complete thought life & attitude?
  39. 39. Not without a new heart… Out of the heart of men proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolish- ness. - Matthew 7:21-22
  40. 40. 1. Perfect view or understanding 2. Perfect thought or attitude 3. Perfect speech 4. Perfect action 5. Perfect livelihood 6. Perfect effort 7. Perfect mindfulness 8. Perfect Enlightenment Buddhism teaches an 8 Fold Path to Overcoming Dukkha Can I have perfect/complete speech?
  41. 41. Once again, not without a new heart… But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. - James 1:26
  42. 42. 1. Perfect view or understanding 2. Perfect thought or attitude 3. Perfect speech 4. Perfect action 5. Perfect livelihood 6. Perfect effort 7. Perfect mindfulness 8. Perfect Enlightenment Buddhism teaches an 8 Fold Path to Overcoming Dukkha Can I have a perfect/complete actions?
  43. 43. Not if you don’t believe in God! The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. - Psalm 14:1
  44. 44. 1. Perfect view or understanding 2. Perfect thought or attitude 3. Perfect speech 4. Perfect action 5. Perfect livelihood 6. Perfect effort 7. Perfect mindfulness 8. Perfect Enlightenment Buddhism teaches an 8 Fold Path to Overcoming Dukkha Can I be completely satisfied?
  45. 45. Not if you reject Jesus! Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” -John 6:35
  46. 46. 1. Perfect view or understanding 2. Perfect thought or attitude 3. Perfect speech 4. Perfect action 5. Perfect livelihood 6. Perfect effort 7. Perfect mindfulness 8. Perfect Enlightenment Buddhism teaches an 8 Fold Path to Overcoming Dukkha Can I have a perfect/complete efforts?
  47. 47. No! Our deeds will never make us perfect… God saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit. Timothy 3:5
  48. 48. 1. Perfect view or understanding 2. Perfect thought or attitude 3. Perfect speech 4. Perfect action 5. Perfect livelihood 6. Perfect effort 7. Perfect mindfulness 8. Perfect Enlightenment Buddhism teaches an 8 Fold Path to Overcoming Dukkha Can my meditation be perfect?
  49. 49. Not if you don’t believe in God or His Word! I have more insight than all my teachers, For Your testimonies are my meditation. Psalm 119:99
  50. 50. 1. Perfect view or understanding 2. Perfect thought or attitude 3. Perfect speech 4. Perfect action 5. Perfect livelihood 6. Perfect effort 7. Perfect mindfulness 8. Perfect Enlightenment Buddhism teaches an 8 Fold Path to Overcoming Dukkha Can I have perfect/complete wisdom?
  51. 51. Not if you want wisdom outside of following God’s laws because that’s how sin came into our world! When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:6
  52. 52. And you can’t have perfect wisdom without Jesus! That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. Ephesians 1:17
  53. 53. Because man’s wisdom makes a person look like a fool before the God of the Universe! For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS.” 1 Corinthians 3:19
  54. 54. Meditation is the practice of centering oneself & clearing one’s mind. Meditation takes you into a different reality or dimension. Meditation involves breathing practices, exercises, and/or chanting. Does the Bible teach about meditation?
  55. 55. Yes! But, meditation is prayer to God-either in your heart, via spoken words, or singing to God! Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
  56. 56. And, truly powerful meditation does NOT involve emptying your mind… The effective (energetic) prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:16
  57. 57. Only one person ever emptied Himself… (Christ) emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond- servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:7-8
  58. 58. And He is the only One able to pass into another dimension! Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. -Hebrews 4:14
  59. 59. 300 million people follow the teachings of Buddha. Buddhists seek human wisdom & faith doesn’t play a part. Buddhists bow to statues of Buddha to show honor. Buddhists believe in karma i.e. if you’re born handicapped, maybe it’s due to the actions in another life. What does the Bible say about making statues of men?
  60. 60. Don’t make them!!! “You shall not make for yourselves idols, nor shall you set up for yourselves an image or a sacred pillar, nor shall you place a figured stone in your land to bow down to it; for I am the LORD your God.” - Leviticus 26:1
  61. 61. 300 million people follow the teachings of Buddha. Buddhists seek human wisdom & faith doesn’t play a part. Buddhists bow to statues of Buddha to show honor. Buddhists believe in karma i.e. if you’re born handicapped, maybe it’s due to the actions in another life. What does the Bible say about Karma?
  62. 62. Nothing! Karma originated in ancient India.
  63. 63. But the Bible does teach that you reap what you sow… Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. -Galatians 6:8
  64. 64. 300 million people follow the teachings of Buddha. Buddhists seek human wisdom & faith doesn’t play a part. Buddhists bow to statues of Buddha to show honor. Buddhists believe in karma i.e. if you’re born handicapped, maybe it’s due to the actions in another life. What does the Bible say about faith?
  65. 65. FAITH in what’s unseen is more important that faith in what’s seen! Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” -John 20:29
  66. 66. 300 million people follow the teachings of Buddha. Buddhists seek human wisdom & faith doesn’t play a part. Buddhists bow to statues of Buddha to show honor. Buddhists believe in karma i.e. if you’re born handicapped, maybe it’s due to the actions in another life. What does the Bible say about those who don’t follow Jesus Christ?
  67. 67. They are in darkness! Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” -John 8:12
  68. 68. Buddhists Basics Meditation is important Do not believe in God Believe in humanity’s ability to save itself Humans can become little Buddha’s Right & Wrong is determined by knowing oneself Continual rebirth until Nirvana is achieved
  69. 69. Good luck with that! Salvation belongs to the LORD! -Psalm 3:8
  70. 70. Buddhists Basics Meditation is important Do not believe in God Believe in humanity’s ability to save itself Humans can become little Buddha’s Right & Wrong is determined by knowing oneself Continual rebirth until Nirvana is achieved What does the Bible say about right & wrong?
  71. 71. God gave His creation a moral code to live by… God gave His creation a moral code to live by…
  72. 72. And there are consequences for rejecting His moral code… For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment… -2 Peter 2:4
  73. 73. Buddhists Basics Meditation is important Do not believe in God Believe in humanity’s ability to save itself Humans can become little Buddha’s Right & Wrong is determined by knowing oneself Continual rebirth until Nirvana is achieved What does the Bible say about reincarnation?
  74. 74. It’s a lie! And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment. Hebrews 9:27
  75. 75. Buddhists Basics Meditation is important Do not believe in God Believe in humanity’s ability to save itself Humans can become little Buddha’s Right & Wrong is determined by knowing oneself Continual rebirth until Nirvana is achieved Does the Bible teach that Nirvana is the ultimate goal?
  76. 76. Ummm NO, but it does teach about…
  77. 77. Heaven- a literal place for the redeemed & it will “blow” your mind!  Streets of gold  Precious stones  A River of Life  The Tree of Life  Healing Foods  No curse of sin  The Throne of God  The Perfect, Lamb of God  No need for the sun  No death  No crying  No mourning  No pain -Revelation 21 & 22
  78. 78. So how can you get to Heaven?
  79. 79. It’s surprisingly simple, but rejected by many… If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
  80. 80. The Bible says that today is the day of salvation… The Bible says that today is the day of salvation… Prayer of Salvation Heavenly Father, I renounce every false teaching outside of Your Word. I believe that Jesus is Your Son & God in the flesh. I believe that Jesus is the only way to You. I know that I am a sinner, and my good works will never make me righteous. Clothe me in the righteousness of Jesus Christ by His shed blood on the Cross. Thank you for filling me with the Holy Spirit who will lead me and guide me into all truth. In Jesus’ name Amen
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