Buddha was neither Chinese nor Japanese. Buddha was a Hindu prince from India who gave up his palace and all this riches to become a monk. Buddha is not the pot bellied statues we see. Those statues are usually statues of early followers of Buddha. Buddha had disciples just like Jesus did. Most of the teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism mirror one another because Buddha was a Hindu. There are good ideas in all religions, but only one of them will get us to Heaven: Christianity.
Hinduism who began the idea of recycling. When the teachings of Buddha went east, the religion carried with it the idea of recycling. There are usually good ideas in every religion whether they are right or wrong. As time has gone on, much of the world has grabbed on to this teaching even though they haven’t grabbed onto Buddhism or Hinduism.
In India, there are castes of people. Everyone is a different rank. The most important people are the Hindu monks and priests. The lowest people are the untouchables. Everyone else belongs to a caste between there somewhere. For a Hindu, they would all like to be in the top caste, of course, but you have to be born into a caste. They teach that you do the best you can in this life, and when you die, you come back either as a higher caste because you have done well, or you could even come back as an animal because you did so poorly in this life. Some of the Hindu monks get so radical that they strain their water because they are afraid that they will ingest a microbe that is one of their relatives. No one wants to drink tap water for fear of ingesting a relative, and the not drinking tap water has caught on in the world too, but no one realizes where it originally came from or why. If someone is a Hindu monk, they have been through the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth many times. After they go through that cycle many times, if they are good enough as a monk or a priest, they can finally become one with Brahmin or one with the universe. Hinduism also teaches that when they reach one with Brahmin, they all become gods.
Buddhism teaches the very same thing as Hinduism teaches because Buddha was a Hindu. However, becoming one with the universe is not called “one with Brahmin” in the Buddhist religion, but “Nirvana.” They are all searching for enlightenment. Buddha was considered to have reached Nirvana, one with the universe, or enlightenment. He was called “the enlightened one.” In Buddhism, they also go through this life many, many times until they are finally born as a Buddhist monk or priest and then, if they do well, they can reach Nirvana.
Buddhism teaches them that it is all about getting along, regardless of what the other person is doing. I heard one Japanese girl describing it as you pour water onto a board, and the board has several grooves in it. The water just flows into those grooves, and she considered that to be right. You don’t have a standard of right and wrong except going the path of least resistance.
In both Buddhism and Hinduism, when they pray, they try to control the gods. In Japan, they put green tea and rice in front of the picture of the ancestor they are praying to so they can appease that ancestor and keep them happy. They think if they can keep them happy, no calamity will come on their house. They think prayer is all about keeping the ancestor who they think of as a god happy. The Buddhists and Hindu try to control the multiple gods.
The teachings of Buddhism and Hinduism are directly opposed to Christianity because in Christianity, we only have one God who has taken three forms to communicate with us, the father, the son, and the Holy Spirit. We know that God is in control. We know he is bigger than we are. We know he knows better than we do. We let God control us. We don’t just flow into the grooves like the water on a piece of wood. We try to do what God asks us to do. We understand the enormity of God and the power of God. We know that we are born once, we live our live, and when we die, we need to be ready to meet God. God teaches us to love one another, not just to do whatever we can to get along. It is good to get along, but there are times people ask us to do things that are downright wrong, and God teaches us not to do those things and how to handle it when those things are present to us.
When Buddha died, he stayed in the grave. When Jesus died, he rose from the dead. Jesus is the only leader of the world’s big religions who rose from the dead. Buddha couldn’t do it, but Jesus could because Jesus is the son of God, part of God. If Jesus can rise from the dead, he can help us to rise from the dead also. We know we aren’t gods like the Hindus and Buddhists teach. If we were gods, there would be no coronavirus killing so many people right now. Mankind is mortal, but we have an immortal soul. God is immortal. When we die, Christians want to live in Heaven with God. We know that Jesus rose from the dead. There were witnesses who saw him, talked to him, and even touched him after his resurrection. Even history books write about Jesus rising from the dead, not just he Bible. We need to look to Christ, not Buddha. Buddha can’t help us. He is dead. Jesus is alive. After Jesus’ resurrection, a group of people saw him rise up into the Heavens from the Mountain of Olives, and he will come back in the same way. Rather than trying to control God, Christians let God control them. It is interesting to know about Buddhism and Hinduism, but Jesus is the only one who can take us to Heaven.