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Kyle Zaluski

These are Buddha eyes or Wisdom eyes that look out into four directions to symbolize the sight of a Buddha.

The cross is one of the earliest and most used Christian symbol. This represent and memorializes Christ's death.

 

 Religion Symbols

This is the 'earth witness' mudra. It symbolizes Buddha's enlightment under the  bodhi tree, when he summoned the earth goddess. 

BUDDHIST SYMBOLS

 CHRISTIAN SYMBOLS

The five-pointed star symbol in Christianity is also known as the Star of Bethlehem represents Jesus' birth and incarnation.

This is the lotus. It is one of the most well known symbols of buddhism. In buddhist thought, this signifies the progress of the soul.

The anchor is a very early Christian symbol. It puts together multiple other Christian symbols like the boat, dolphin, and fish. It symbolizes Christian hope in Christ.

Christianity is a monotheistic religion. I know that because they believe in God, Jesus, and a spirit form of God called the holy spirit. But christians believe that these are three forms of the same “God”. This religion was established around 33 C.E. Christianity was started in Jerusalem, Israel. Christians worship in churches. They usually worship on Sundays and most christians will pray or worship at home through individual or family devotions. It was started after Jesus Christ was crucified in 33 C.E. Christians worship one God, who exists to be Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and the belief that Jesus was sent to save the world. The sacred book of Christianity is the Bible.

Buddhism is a polytheistic religion. I know that because buddhists do not necessarily worship a god. But they do have practices and beliefs. And in different places buddhists have kind of adapted different types of practices. This religion started around 563 B.C.E. Buddhism was started in Bodh Gaya, India. Buddhists either visit shrines or visit temples to pay their respects to Buddha and meditate with other Buddhists. The start traces back to Siddhartha Gautama who is referred to as buddha, who was thought to meditate to find out the antidote to suffering in the world. They worship or practice the belief that there is better things to come after death. They also worship buddha. There sacred texts were Pali Tipitika, Mahayana, and Vajrayana Canons. 

     History of

Buddhism and Christianity

        Where did these

      religions start? And

         where are they                           practiced?

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Buddhism is a religion and philosophy that developed from the teachings of the Buddha Gautama (or Gautama), who lived as early as the 6th century BC. 
Spreading from India to Central and Southeast Asia, China, Korea, and Japan, Buddhism has played a central role in the spiritual, cultural, and social life of the Eastern world and during the 20th century has spread to the West. This article surveys Buddhism from its origins to its elaboration in various schools, sects, and regional developments.

Ancient Buddhist scripture and doctrine developed primarily in two closely related literary languages of ancient India, Pali and Sanskrit. In this article, Pali and Sanskrit words that have gained some currency in English are treated as English words and are rendered in the form in which they appear in English-language dictionaries. Exceptions occur in special circumstances--as, for example, in the case of the Sanskrit term dharma (Pali: dhamma), which has meanings that are not usually associated with the English "dharma." Pali forms are given in the sections that deal with Buddhists whose primary sacred language was Pali (including discussions of the teaching of the Buddha, which are reconstructed on the basis of Pali texts). Sanskrit forms are given in the sections that deal with Buddhists whose primary focus was on Sanskritic traditions. 

The Buddha was not a god and the philosophy of Buddhism does not entail any theistic world-view. The teachings of the Buddha are aimed solely to liberate sentient beings from suffering.

Gautama Buddha taught the four noble truths: that there is suffering, that suffering has a cause, that suffering has an end and that there is a path that leads to the end of suffering. He saw that all phenomena in life are impermanent and that our attachment to the idea of substantial and enduring self is an illusion which is the principle cause of suffering. 'The Four Noble Truths'. Freedom from self liberates the heart from greed, hatred, and delusion and opens the mind to wisdom and the heart to kindness and compassion. In Buddhist teaching, the law of karma, says only this: "For every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first, and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant according as its cause was skillful or unskillful.' A skillful event is one that is not accompanied by craving, resistance or delusions; an unskillful event is one that is accompanied by any one of those things. (Events are not skillful in themselves, but are so called only in virtue of the mental events that occur with them.)

Therefore, the law of Karma teaches that responsibility for unskillful actions is born by the person who commits them.

 

 

 Buddhism is a very interesting and cool religion. It is not a based on a god, but more of a philosophy. The developer of this religion was Buddha Gautama. It was based out of India, and spread thoughout the world. Buddha was not a god, but more of a teacher. He had four noble truths that he taught: that there is suffering, that suffering has a cause, that suffering has an end and that there is a path that leads to the end of suffering. So there are a lot of parts of Buddhism and many places people practice it.

Religion Holidays

 Christianity-Christmas

 Buddhism-Buddhist New Year

Christmas is celebrated on the 25 of December. It is celebrated to honor the birth of Jesus. Some traditions on this day are doing plays at your church, getting together with family, and getting gifts. 

The Buddhist New Year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April or in other countries the first full moon in January.  This holiday is to celebrate the new year. Some traditions of this holiday are to go to a temple or a monastery and give food to munks.

   Religion Ceremonies

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 Christianity-Lent

 Buddhism-Vassa

This passage or festival is during the rainy season. This is a time to set aside some time to meditate and study because of what Buddha did during the rainy season.

This is celebrated during the forty days leading up to Easter. This is celebrated to commemorate the forty days Jesus spent in the desert praying and fasting.

Venn Diagram of Christianity and Buddhism