From your reading, recount early Christian, Jewish, and Islamic teachings and early Buddhist teachings, and recognize the similarities and differences between them. You can also do some research on your own using the internet.
Watch the video below.
Respond in writing to the following questions after reading Chapter 4 in your text and watching the video above.
- Compare and contrast the teachings of Jesus and Buddha. What are some main differences between Buddhism and Christianity, Judaism, and Islam?
- How might Jesus have responded to the following line from the Buddha’s sermons: “… he in whom self has become extinct … will desire neither worldly nor heavenly pleasures”? How might the Buddha have responded to the following line from the Sermon on the Mount: “You must … be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect”?
- How would Augustine of Hippo respond to Buddhism’s Four Noble Truths? How would a Roman stoic respond to the Truths?