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  1. First, the words “religion” and “philosophy” do not have conventional meanings, everyone uses them in their own way, and it is always necessary to clarify what this or that author or interlocutor means in this or that context. Accordingly, the distinction between religion and philosophy, as well as its application to the corresponding teachings, has different meanings for different authors. About Christianity, too, sometimes they say that it is “not a religion.” The same thing happens with such teachings as Confucianism, Taoism, theosophy, and so on. At the same time, they talk about “the religion of socialism”, “the religion of progress”, “the religion of humanity” and other teachings that are often not included in the number of religions. In any case, the use of words can hardly be considered sufficient grounds for simultaneously professing two doctrines. For example, in Muslim culture, the word “religion” corresponds to the concept of din. Deen is Islam. And Christianity is no longer a deen, some authors say that it is a tariqa, a path similar to the Sufi ones. Does this mean that you can convert to Christianity while still being a Muslim? Most Muslims will say absolutely no. Although there are rare exceptions.

    However, secondly, there are such things as multi-confessional practice and multi-confessional identity. They are most common in South and East Asia. The most famous, widespread and ancient example is San jiao in China. It is a simultaneous practice of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism. Over the past hundred years, similar phenomena have appeared in the West. There is also an example of the simultaneous practice of Buddhism and Christianity — German IeuzitHugo Enomia-Lassalle, who also became a Zen Buddhist master, and his followers. This phenomenon is still not widespread, controversial, causing criticism or just attacks, but it shows that this is quite possible. Such cases, as well as attention to them, are gradually increasing.

  2. The philosophy of Buddhism is not a religion and it should not be accepted, but it should be understood. At the same time, it is an inner awareness of what the world is and no one imposes their vision on you, but only you yourself are aware of it. Each person decides how to live their life. The most basic thing to understand is that if you do good to others, you do good for yourself, and if you do evil to others, you do evil to yourself. This philosophy applies to all religions of the world!!! With respect.

  3. The view that Buddhism is not a religion is based on shaky foundations. Yes, there is no worship of a personal God in it. But he's talking about otherworldly entities. Buddhism practices the rites of seeking the blessing of the Buddha and enlightened beings. Allows Buddhism and local forms of fullness of spirits. So in Buryatia Obo is performed, in which they beg for mercy from the spirits who are the owners of the area, in Kalmykia usu tyayalgn is sometimes performed — a sacrifice to the “owner of water”.

    However, even if we consider Buddhism a philosophy, not every philosophy is compatible with Christianity. The Buddhist one, which denies the eternity of the individual and the Personal God, and preaches the illusory nature of the created World, is not compatible.

  4. This will be an attempt to sit on two chairs, since any teaching forms one or another worldview and it is not possible to fully adhere to two at the same time. Most likely, there will be some kind of mix that neither one nor the other will accept.

    And if Buddhists, as it seems to me, are more or less indifferent to this increase in fuss, then hardly any Christian denomination will calmly accept such initiatives.

  5. I'm afraid this trick won't work. Buddhism and Christianity contradict each other on key points. Both on the proposed path and at the end point of the “route”.

    So for a Buddhist, good deeds are one of the chains that binds him to the wheel of samsara. He seeks to discard it and come to a state of nirvana (extinction and cessation of his own being).

    For a Christian, doing certain good deeds is his duty, without which his faith is dead, and the attainment of eternal life is impossible.

    From a certain extreme position of a deeply religious Christian (who can repeat “I know what I believe” after the apostle), Buddhism will be considered as an attempt at”spiritual suicide”. This, accordingly, will cause horror (in the application of such an end to itself) and deep sincere regret for the error of Buddhists.

    A Buddhist will look with much the same horror and regret at a Christian who does not accept the ideas of rebirth of souls, karma and dharma that determine the turn of samsara, the beauty of the hinayana path, and the need to get rid of the chains of good and evil deeds that bind us to this world.

  6. No, these are mutually exclusive worldviews. Christianity is the doctrine of prudence and responsibility, of freedom and the peak manifestations of the individual. Buddhism is about a salt puppet dissolving in the ocean.

  7. It doesn't matter if you call Buddhism and Christianity a religion or a philosophy. What matters is that they are two different worldviews.

    The true Buddhist, who recognizes neither a “Personal God” nor a “Father” and “Creator of Heaven and Earth,” still believes in Absolute Consciousness, Adi-Buddhi.

    In one “Buddhist Catechism” the question is asked:

    Are there any dogmas in Buddhism that need to be accepted on faith?

    Answer: No. We are seriously required to accept nothing on faith, whether it is written in books, passed down to us from our ancestors, or taught by sages. Our Lord Buddha said that we should not believe it because it is said; nor traditions because they have come down to us from antiquity; nor to rumors, as such; nor writings of the sages, because they were written by the wise; nor fantasies, about which we may think that they are sent to us by a Deva (i.e., not the conclusions drawn from hasty conclusions that we may have drawn; not what may seem like an analogous necessity; not just the bare authority of our mentors and teachers. But we must believe when a Scripture, a doctrine, or what is said is confirmed by our own mind and consciousness. “Therefore, “he concludes,” I have taught you not to believe just because you have heard, but when you believe from your own consciousness, then act accordingly.”

  8. Buddhism, as a PHILOSOPHY, has its own god, by name “I“!

    And Jesus Christ warned you: –

    ” … No one can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon …”!


  9. “Accept” in its entirety, probably not, if only because there is no God in Buddhism, but a certain synthesis of ideas is quite possible, especially considering that all religions are a kind of synthesis of previous teachings. Christianity, for example, is a synthesis of at least Judaism and Zoroastrianism, while Buddhism draws its roots from Hinduism.

  10. If you ask this, then you are not yet a Christian. In the true sense of the term. Do you know the difference between “being” and “seeming”?! This question would not even have occurred to you if you really recognized yourself as a sinner, accepted God, Jesus Christ as your Savior, and became a true believer.

  11. I believe that on this earth, in this reality, you can do everything that will help you develop. In the end, any truth is known in comparison, and what paths to go to it, the person decides.

  12. Christianity contains everything that is necessary for a believer in our world, for his restless and curious mind. A true Christian can be interested in Buddhism if he knows for sure that he will not harm his soul and the cause of salvation, and accordingly, he can be interested, but he cannot accept it. It is also a matter of the meaning and law of God living in the commandments. Christianity treats God as a Person, with all its consequences. The love that binds a person and God to their prayerful relationship, these are all serious things. Those who have known the Mercy of God, who have received the grace and gifts of the Holy Spirit, if they leave God, it will be equated with betrayal, as Judas betrayed Christ, for 30 ser. The Apostle James writes,” The Spirit that dwelleth in us loveth to the point of jealousy ” (ps. Ap. James 4:5) Because God loves his followers to the point of jealousy, and does not want them to cleave to the world and fall away from it. 2 commandment: “Thou shalt not make an idol for thyself,” for example. The Lord Jesus Christ combined all 10 commandments into one definition and gave 2 more commandments. 1) “You shall love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind” 2) and your neighbor as yourself. On the other hand, if knowledge about Buddhism is needed as a tool, for example, in teaching at an institute or simply to broaden one's horizons, and this will not affect a person's choice and Faith, or harm their relationship with God, then there are no restrictions.

  13. Even if” religion ” is understood narrowly and Buddhism is not religious because of its lack of a concept of ultimate reality as a God or Deity, it is worth remembering that not every philosophy is compatible with Christianity.

    Thus, Christianity professes the objective reality of both the soul and the external World, and also preaches the end of history as the deification of the created Universe without losing the objective reality and uniqueness of each individual who receives eternal existence. And Buddhism denies reality to the universe, to the individual, and to God. These are all illusions. There is nothing but the flow of dharmas. The ultimate reality and ultimate goal of the universe is to get rid of the illusion of being and self-destruct in the unconscious “nothingness” of Nirvana.

  14. Religion is the teaching about the relationship between the worlds, the World of the Creator and the world created by Him.

    There is no creator in Buddhism, no teaching about the relation of realities, and no religion. And if there is no religion, then Buddhism and Christianity do not intersect.

  15. Christianity in its original teaching is better and higher than any philosophy, go deeper into your faith (I am Orthodox) and there will be no need for any philosophy. What does it mean to accept Buddhism? And why? However, it will not interfere with the study of Buddhism either, if you know your faith well not only intellectually but also practically, if it is bad, then studying another religion can confuse you, and in cases of your passions of pride, lack of humility, ignorance and other things, can lead to serious consequences, for example, loss of faith, nervous breakdowns, charms and delusions and so on…

  16. Still possible!

    They talked about members of the CPSU who secretly went to church to light a candle and write a note about their health.

    And how many men who seem to live in their own family, but go to the side of another woman!

    By the way, there is a huge layer of people who consider themselves a Christian, but at the same time not only do not share the philosophy of Christ, but even do not understand what this philosophy is about.

    As many communists in the USSR knew very little about the philosophy of communism, but at the same time considered themselves communists.

  17. The red thread in the Bible is the call of Christ: “Wake up!” The main goal of a Buddhist is also to awaken. Some will be surprised, but most religions also strive for such a transformation, only each determines the ways to solve this problem in its own way.

    A person who comes to this world only eventually learns what his nationality and religion are, he does not even know his name, people have agreed to call him that-Petya, or Kolya, or Mitya. This is how many people live their lives – as they are meant to.

    And therein lies the greatest sin of all time – the sin of conditioning. When a cage is built around a person from rules, definitions and concepts that he must accept. At the same time, he is already completing some of them himself.

    So it is with definitions such as religion and philosophy.

    When you dig deeper, you will see that these concepts have a common denominator – this is a worldview. That is, everyone interprets the surrounding reality in their own way, everyone has their own approach to solving our problems. Isn't that philosophy?

    You can be a Christian, a Buddhist, a pastafarian, and an atheist at the same time, and there is nothing wrong with this, it is even very good, because it shows that a person has lost his dependence on conditioning, that he no longer allows you to put a stamp on himself, he has drawn the line of self-sufficiency, he has reached a new level in his development, he has become free. Isn't that what all religions preach? Where is the fundamental difference with philosophy?

    It doesn't matter who a person feels like a Christian, or a Buddhist, or all at once, the important thing is not to be stamped, not to be stenciled, not to be conditioned.

  18. People most often consider both their own and someone else's path by belonging to certain classifications. They say, ” Ah, this is Buddhism, and this is Nietzschaism, and this is Solipsism.” Measuring paths by “- isms ” is a fundamentally flawed approach. After all, in doing so, you are essentially doing the following bad job: projecting the verticals of the paths onto a plane where their projection is usually zero, a point. Further comparison of points may give you an understanding of their relationships, but it will never give you an idea of the vertical, including what the founder really meant.

    That's not the way to do it. The true path is always PRIMORDIAL. What does this word mean? Yes, the fact that the choice of the path and the path itself occur independently, naturally, without the intervention of the mind. They say this: you don't choose the path, but the path chooses you. It is then that you will find out your belonging to the corresponding “ism”. It was then.

    Excerpt from my chapter “What is the path”

    Publication What is the Path of Knowledge (+audio)


  19. No, you can't.understand Christianity and you will understand that it is impossible to combine Christianity with something else.how can you become a vegan by eating a steak?

  20. No way, because it is not possible to serve two masters. Really look sensibly, a person can't be in two different places at the same time. Any attempts will immediately bring it to “clean water”.

  21. The worldview concept of Buddhism offers a model of the world in which there is no God as a supramundane entity. And the only true path to Salvation (exit from the wheel of samsara – an endless series of rebirths) is recommended as an independent path. According to this model, no one can be saved at the expense of a certain victim (someone's victim). And if a person accepts this, he will clearly no longer be a Christian.

  22. It is quite possible, just for the reason that all religions are from the same Source-the Ancient Teachings of the East, or the Doctrines of the East.

    As you know, Christianity as a religion was formed on the basis of the” rewritten “Old Testament of the Jews, who in turn” rewrote ” more than once the Teaching of Moses, whose roots are in Ancient Egypt. The ancient Egyptian Mysteries are basically derived from India (Upanishads). All this is fully proved in Isis Unveiled, The Secret Doctrine, and many articles by H. P. Blavatsky.

    Many famous sages went to the East for knowledge, including Jesus Christ (“The Unknown Life of Jesus” by Nikolai Notovich).

  23. Absolutely not:
    1) From the point of view of Christianity, sin is already considered to be yoga or martial arts (as they are based on a different worldview);
    2) Philosophy almost always conflict with religion, especially with the monotheistic;
    3) Even if some of the philosophical school recognizes one God, sacred pisaniya etc, it will still be some differences (otherwise, it is a canonical theology). It is enough not to recognize the trinity, or to have some personal understanding of the nature of the soul, to become a heretic in the eyes of the church.

  24. No. The teaching of the Buddha contradicts the teaching of Christ. There can only be one truth, and if there are two contradictory statements, then at least one of them is not true. Both may not be true, but not vice versa, because they contradict each other.

    And the Bible says:

    “But the Lord God is truth; he is the living God and the everlasting King…” (Jer. 10:10).

    Jesus said to him: I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” 14:6).

    It is also said about the Bible itself:

    “Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth.” 17:17).

    “You are near, O Lord, and all your commandments are true” (Psalm 118:151).

    “Your righteousness is eternal righteousness, and your law is truth” (Psalm 118:142).

    In Buddhism, the Buddha is the central person. And God has commanded that we should not worship other gods, idols, or create idols for ourselves.

    “I am the Lord your God… you shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself any graven image, nor any likeness of what is in heaven above, or what is on the earth below, or what is in the water below the earth ” (Exodus 20:1-2).

    I also remember the phrase:

    “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon ” (Matthew 6: 24).

    Every person who sincerely seeks the truth should, with a prayer for help from above, understand this question and find the answer to the question: what is truth? I don't want to condemn other religions and philosophies. I'll just tell you why I think Christianity is true.

    God revealed Himself personally on Mount Sinai in a cloud, and personally spoke to the whole nation. In the same place, With His revelation, He presented to the people

    Moses, as his prophet proclaiming His will. Moses, represented by God as His herald, and other prophets, for many centuries announced the coming of Jesus Christ, and these prophecies were fulfilled in Him. There is nothing like it in other religions.

    Jesus said that he came to change people, their inner world, to raise them from the moral dirt and make them nobler and better.

    “And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, and said, Drink ye all of it: for this is my blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Mt 26:27,28).

    Thanks to Christ, drug addicts leave drugs, alcoholics stop drinking, families destroyed by infidelity are restored and become a model of loyalty, etc. Miracles are happening today and in my life. This is the clearest proof of the truth of Christianity.

    Satan is very eager to obscure this vivid testimony of God's mercy. That is why we often meet people who call themselves Christians. they do not reflect in their lives the nobility of character of the Person Whose name they bear. But their unfaithfulness should not detract in our eyes from the fact that Christ died for us to make us better.

    The Lord promised:

    “And ye shall seek me, and find me, if ye seek me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13).

    If you are in search of the truth, turn to Him with a prayer that He will show you the right path. And the Heavenly Father will help, because He is faithful to His promises!!!

    God's blessings to you!

  25. You must first try to become a Christian, which is very difficult.

    Because everything that any Christian church offers –

    it is not Christianity.

    And then you don't want to be a Buddhist anymore.

  26. And what can't you do? Now everything is possible – this is the time.
    You can also accept Buddhism while remaining a Christian. You can also do circumcision just in case. You can also simultaneously become a sorcerer or a witch. Well, as a “cherry on the cake” – to engage in pagan sacrifices.
    All this is done under hashish and mushrooms to feel like an ancient Hindu and Viking at the same time.
    The main thing is that the soul does not get bored!

  27. Philosophy it is “such a thing”, which provides for everything. Twists, turns, “tastes and colors”. Finds a lot in common and a lot of different things…It is not specific, but it is close to wisdom and truth, which is why it fascinates. This is the vacuum that can be filled with something else specific. First, let's talk about the relationship between Scripture and philosophy. The Greeks were great philosophers, and preachers came to them first. And they, as history shows, appreciated the Christians, separating philosophy from faith in the truth.

    Acts of St. John the Baptist Apostles 17: 19-28 (Paul in Athens)

    1. And they took him and brought him to the areopagus and said, ” Can we know what this new teaching is that you are preaching?”
    2. For you are hearing something strange in our ears. So we want to know what it is?
    3. But all the Athenians, and the foreigners who lived with them, spent their time in nothing more willingly than in talking or listening to something new.
    4. And Paul stood in the midst of the areopagus, and said, Athenians! I can see from everything that you seem to be particularly pious.
      1. For as I passed through and examined your holy places, I also found an altar on which is written, ” To an unknown God.” This one, whom you worship without knowing it, I preach to you.
    5. God, who created the world and all that is in it, being the Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in man-made temples
    6. and He does not require the service of human hands, as if he has need of anything, Himself giving life and breath to everything and everything.
    7. From one blood He made the whole human race to dwell on the whole face of the earth, setting out predestined times and limits for their habitation,
    8. so that they may seek God, whether they feel Him or find Him, even though He is not far from each of us,
    9. for we live and move and have our being in Him, just as some of your poets have said, ” We are His kind.”


    If you are interested, I can continue to “philosophize” about Scripture and real, present life…

    The apostles of Christ visited many places and witnessed and surprised with phenomena… For example, Islam at the beginning of its formation was considered one of the Christian “heresies”. It has one base, which is commonly called the Abrahamic religions. So it is interesting now to look at the map of the spread of the Abrahamic religions

    Financial, industrial, and other potential is now “accidentally” concentrated in the yellow dot…where these religions are not accepted. A place that is commonly called the “Middle Kingdom”.

    A little bit about the symbols of the Middle Kingdom


    A little bit about Buddhist symbols. “On filling the philosophical vacuum”

    Wat Sampha Buddhist Temple in Thailand


    And now about what is described and written in Christian books about symbols

    1. And the great dragon was cast down, the ancient serpent, called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast down to the earth, and his angels were cast down with him.

    (Revelation 12: 9)


    The same symbol in free circulation is applied in the form of tattoos and so on, so on, so on… The philosophical, hard-to-explain thing that's on the tip of your tongue, here it is, but no. Only the Word and faith remain.

  28. In short, Buddhists accept Christ, but Christians do not accept Buddhism.

    Therefore, you can become a Buddhist and believe in Christ, but you will not be able to go to the temple and receive the Sacraments.

    Buddhism is still a religion, and a diverse sense, absorbing other beliefs, merging with them. This does not allow us to consider Buddhism a philosophy, but it helps it to penetrate into other cultures.

  29. it doesn't matter whether Buddhism is a religion or a philosophy – the important thing is that it is very different from the teachings of Christ in many ways, contradicts him in many ways and opposes him in many ways, etc.

    And then, apparently, you do not understand the riches of Christ and this treasury is closed to you, otherwise you would not be looking “to the left “and would not be looking for something else to” accept ” at the same time .

    By the way, what makes you think that philosophy, unlike religion, is something neutral? Listen to what the Scripture says:

    8 Take heed, brethren, that no one leads you astray by philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ;

    9 For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily,

    10 and you have fullness in Him.

    (Colossians 2: 8-10)

    In Christ is all the fullness of the Godhead – only those who do not understand this turn to something else, and of course they do not supplement their knowledge, but on the contrary – deprive themselves of fullness. It's like shooting yourself in the foot.

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