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Christianity and Buddhism have more in common than differences: (moderation and restraint).

Christianity story of the 'tree of knowledge of good and evil' https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_of ... d_and_evil is about not going overboard. E.g. God said can eat from every tree (including tree of life) but cannot know more than one ought to (by God's design of Eden) : then all creation will live in perpetual 'bliss', until time comes when man yielded to temptation and ate from the tree of knowledge (e.g. get knowledge from the tree rather than from God himself).

This symbolises a certain preliminary balance that God wanted to maintain INSIDE the Garden of Eden (man could eat from almost all trees (except one)). Some Jewish Rabbi have postulated that maybe in future, man could eat from the Tree of Knowledge, but they were not mature enough to eat the fruit when they disobeyed God's word and ate from it- thus suffering the consequence of death.


Bhuddism teaches the middle way although there is no concept of God per se in Buddhism, but u can see the same precept as the tree of knowledge being probably too intense knowledge that Adam and Eve were not able to assimilate, to their own detriment/ death. "Avoiding both these extremes, the Tathagata (the Perfect One) has realized the Middle Path; it gives vision, gives knowledge, and leads to calm, to insight, to enlightenment and to Nibbana." https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_ ... usehold%20

Thus, there are strong similarities between Judaism, Christianity and Bhuddism and Singaporeans ought to celebrate these similarities and practice equanimity, rather than go on a blind rampage and be unknowingly hostile towards other religious groups.
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You're not delving deep enough into this subject IMHO.

I'll just touch upon this for you:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhis ... ristianity

"However, in the East syncretism between Nestorian Christianity and Buddhism was widespread along the Silk Road in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and was especially pronounced in the medieval Church of the East in China, as evidenced by the Jesus Sutras.[10]"

My user avatar is an ancient Japanese Nestorian Christian stele to Christ, located in a Buddhist temple. :)

In fact, our patriarch himself extolled the virtues of Orthodox Christians learning from Buddhism:

https://www.buddhistdoor.net/features/e ... x-dialogue

Apparently, Buddhism in the east is, to this day, heavily influenced by Nestorianism. It's fascinating. I do love much of the philosophy in Buddhism but naturally, disagree with the spiritual aspects. 8)

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2001/ ... o-japan-2/

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.scmp.c ... ns-and-why

etc..
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BicCherry wrote:there are strong similarities between Judaism, Christianity and Bhuddism and Singaporeans ought to celebrate these similarities and practice equanimity, ...


Some sort of Singapore-style syncretism? That sends shudders down my spin. You'll have to throw in a good portion of capitalism and greed, or else Singaporeans won't have any of it.

Both Christianity and Buddhism are religions of salvation, but the similarity stops about there. What the Christian West understands under the term of knowledge is fundamentally different from paramita knowledge in Buddhism. Buddhists reject the Christian dualism of creator and creation. Buddhist ideas have first entered Western thinking with quantum physics.
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Presvias wrote:Apparently, Buddhism in the east is, to this day, heavily influenced by Nestorianism.


Religious syncretism comes naturally to people in the Far-East, but I don't believe that the Nestorians had a significant impact on Buddhism. The major schools of Buddhism were formed by the time the Nestorians arrived.

There is some intermingling of Greek culture with Buddhist culture due to Alexander's conquest, but it's more in the artistic than in the philosophical field.
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