ephraim wrote:All these claims is not what Paul is saying. Paul is saying the teachings have similarities to Buddhism and we should embrace some of those concepts for a deeper understanding. [/b]
There's no such thing as Buddhism...Buddha taught Islam...Where do you think Buddah got his knowledge from ??
they used to try to pull the same $h!t with Prophet Muhammad, they was calling what Muhammad taught as Muhammadism...
The knowlege that Buddah was teaching was around thousands of years before he was born.
Beloveds, it is not so much the NAME that makes the religion of Buddhism what it is, but the fundamental beliefs, practice, rituals, etc. etc. that makes it what is.
If we do the research we will find that Buddhism is nothing but an offsping of Islam. The religion of Buddhism, as a matter of fact, began as an offspring of Islam in the country of India. The founder was Siddhartha Gautama, a man of Black lineage who lived 2,500 years ago. It is not easy to give an accurate historical account of the life of Gautama, since no biography was recorded until hundreds of years after his death. Before he was credited with being the originator of Buddhism, Gautama had actually studied Islam, and he got what we call Buddhism from Islam.
For example, here are some of the core beliefs and principles of Buddhism, which are also at the core of Islam:
1. Buddhism and Islam deals with a new way of life, which gives a being freedom from confusion and disillusionment.
2. Both the religions require practice and faith in self. Both of them have different methods of worship, but on the whole talks about similar facts.
3. Both religions believe that the eternal life depends on the works of the present life and is only applicable for those who follow the path whole heartedly.
4. Both believe that the universe is separate from God and has been created by Him.
5. Buddhism believes in humanity and love for all beings. Similarly, the most important aspect in Islam is humanity.
6. The Buddhist doctrine exhorts the Buddhists to follow the essence of Dhamma and condemn idol-worship. Likewise, Islam also imposes a taboo on idol-worship.
7. Buddhism opposes the evils of caste and creed and asserts the equality of all beings. Islam also stresses on the equality of individuals, thereby, abhorring caste and creed.
8. Buddhism adopted terms from Islam, however, those terms carry completely similar meanings.
Buddhism may have certain refinements that makes it what it is today, but at its core, it is the same as Islam.