My World Religions Report
How different or the same is Christianity and Tibetan Buddhism, and what makes a person choose one over the other? In this paper we will first look at the history of the Tibetan Buddhist religion. Second, this paper will look at an interview conducted by a Christian of a practicing Tibetan Buddhist. Last, this paper will compare and contrast what was learned in the interview as to the differences and similarities of Christianity and Tibetan Buddhism.
First, this paper will look at the history of the Tibetan Buddhist religion. According to (Aldenderfer, 2001) “Buddhism underwent a renaissance in the tenth and eleventh centuries in the unlikeliest of places: the barren stretches of far western Tibet and re-established a purer form of Buddhism.” Prince Siddhartha Gautama, also known as Shakyamuni Buddha, the Awakened One, first taught the Dharma in the 6th century B.C. in India. Buddhism was brought to Tibet after the death of the Buddha by the Indian meditation mast Tilopa, Naropa the Tibetan translator Marpa, the Tibetan poet-saint Milarepa, and Gampopa, a monk and physician who began the Kagyu monastic tradition. The Kagyu Lineage is one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and traces its history back to these great masters. The Kagyu Lineage is often called "The Whispered Lineage" because its highest teachings are still passed in an unbroken line from teacher to student since the days of the Buddha.
Second, this paper will look at an interview conducted by a Christian of a practicing Tibetan Buddhist. Stephen Mcafee a practicing Christian conducted this interview of Michael Jurnquist a practicing Tibetan Buddhist on October 16, 2010 at 10:05am. The location of the interview was 1258 Mcduff Ave South Jacksonville, Florida 32205 at the Karma Thegsum Choling “Tibetan Buddhist Practice Center”.
Stephen: “Good Morning and thanks for taking the time to talk to me this... [continues]
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