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Running Head: WORLD RELIGIONS REPORT
World Religions Report
Christianity and Buddhism

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World Religions Report
It is necessary to appreciate and understand the essential backgrounds of both
Christianity and Buddhism in order to have the capacity to discern between them. To
begin with, Buddhism is one of the oldest known religions; it is a religion which began
prospering around the year 400 BC (Lama, 1995). The origin of Buddhism is not well-
known, as there are not any specific sacred Buddhist texts available from that long ago. It
is known, however, that Buddhism is comprised of a group of values and ideals. This
group of values and ideals has been the catapult for Buddhism.
Christianity, on the other hand, came about from Judaism. There is a
differentiation, however, in that Christianity steadfastly adheres to the resurrection of
Jesus Christ. Christianity mainly revolves around the principle of God bringing back dead
people, as in the case of Jesus. The Christian text, the New Testament, provides
descriptive stories of how Jesus carried out his life and his afterlife. Jesus’ resurrection is
the most momentous component of Christianity. Through the resurrection, it is believed
that all followers are promised salvation from God and an eternal life. A primary reason
why Christianity has become so prominent and influential is because its followers firmly
trust that through faith, they will be provided for both in this world and in the world to
come (Religion Facts Website – Christianity, 2009). Basically, when a person discovers
and models their life after Jesus Christ, they are provided with the assurance that they
will receive eternal salvation (Religion Facts Website – Christianity, 2009).
In order to enhance my knowledge of Buddhism, I deemed it appropriate to
conduct a personal interview with someone who has a strong familiarity with it. I spoke
to a friend of mine who has ties to Buddhism, and he recommended that I contact the

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Diamond Way Buddhist Center in New York. After numerous failed attempts to connect
with an appropriate person, I decided to simply go there myself to see if there was
someone I could interview. I ultimately was able to speak with a Tibetan-born man who
was highly fluent in English. He mentioned to me that my unanswered attempts to
connect with someone were the result of calling the wrong number, which was my error.
This bright and educated man provided me with a wealth of knowledge and answered all
of my predetermined questions. He also gave me as much time as I needed, even though I
knew he had other matters to attend to. It is with the time and information he shared with
me in which I am able to provide such a colorful comparison of the religion. This contact
mentioned that in order to fully grasp the foundations of Buddhism, a person must
become familiar with the Four Noble Truths. He mentioned that if these truths are
practiced in a person’s life, the person will reach the highest of all levels – nirvana
(Personal Interview, 2009). The Four Noble Truths are comprised of the principles that
life contains frustration; frustration is caused by desires based on ego; there is a way to
break this cycle through; learning the meditative disciplines (Religion Facts Website –
Buddhism, 2009).
My contact also taught my more about The Buddha and how he formed the
religion. He mentioned that The Buddha was trying to run away from various elements
that existed within Hinduism (Personal Interview, 2009). He added that The Buddha
wanted to run away from ritual, the notion of God, fatalism, and egotism (Personal
Interview, 2009). Ritual, in this context, is not what I thought it was; it is where people
execute certain observances by utilizing a consistent method that has no spiritual basis
(Lama, 1995). The Buddha deemed ritual to be insignificant and inconsequential; ritual

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