Parallel Sayings : Buddha & Jesus

Jesus and Buddha were great teachers of world-subverting wisdom that undermined and challenged conventional ways of seeing and being in their time and in every time.

Thus, despite differences in language and imagery, the way taught by the Buddha and the way taught by Jesus strongly resembles one another.

Read the sayings slowly, savor them. Take them as medicine, as dispellers of doubts, as poetry of the soul, as clarity for mind, that show us the way.

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

Jesus (LUKE 6.31)

“Consider others as yourself.”

Buddha (DHAMMAPADA 10.1)

“I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Jesus (LUKE 15.10)

“The Bodhisattva loves all living beings as if each were his only child.”

Buddha (VIMALAKIRTINIRDESHA SUTRA 5)

Both Buddha and Jesus focused on individual, emphasizing that the inner peace is more vital than outer image, and that each of us needs to look at our own life rather than criticizing others.

“Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness. Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.”

Jesus (LUKE 11.34 – 36)

“As a man with eyes who carries a lamp sees all objects, so too with one who has heard the Moral Law. He will become perfectly wise.”

Buddha (UDANAVARGA 22.4)

“Your father in heaven makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.”

Jesus (MATTHEW 5.45)

“That great cloud rains down on all whether their nature is superior or inferior. The light of the sun and the moon illuminates the whole world, both him who does well and him who does ill, both him who stands high and him who stands low.”

Buddha (SADHARMAPUNDARIKA SUTRA 5)


Note : The above excerpts are taken from a remarkable and beautiful book ‘Jesus & Buddha’, edited by Marcus Borg.

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Thanks for reading. 🙂

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