Buddhism comparative boxes

Separation from family

And [Jesus’] mother and his brothers came; and standing outside they sent

to him and called him.  And a crowd was sitting about him; and they said

to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, asking for you.”  And

he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”  And looking around on

those who sat about him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!

Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

                   Christianity.  Mark 3.31-35

t is not for the sake of the husband, my beloved, that the husband is
dear, but for the sake of the Self.
It is not for the sake of the wife, my beloved, that the wife is dear, but
for the sake of the Self.
It is not for the sake of the children, my beloved, that the children are
dear, but for the sake of the Self.
                   Hinduism.  Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 2.4.4-5
He who forsakes his home in the cause of God, finds in the earth many a
refuge, wide and spacious; should he die as a refugee from home for God
and His Apostle, his reward becomes due and sure with God: and God is
Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
                   Islam.  Qur'an 4.100
Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and
your father's house to the land that I will show you..."
                   Judaism and Christianity.  Genesis 12.1

Demonic Powers

The foremost of your armies is that of Desire, the second is called Dislike. The third is Hunger-Thirst and the fourth is Craving. The fifth is the army of Lethargy-Laziness and the sixth is Fear. The seventh is Doubt and the eighth is Obstinacy-Restlessness. Then there are Material Gain, Praise, Honor, and Fame… These, O Mara, are your forces, the attackers of the Evil One. One less than a hero will not be victorious over them and attain happiness.

Buddhism. Sutta Nipata 436-39

And when We said to the angels, “Bow yourselves to Adam,” they bowed themselves, save Iblis; he said, “Shall I bow myself to one whom You have created of clay?” He said, “What do you think? This [creature] You have honored above me, if You defer me until the Day of Resurrection I shall assuredly master his seed, save a few.”

Said He, “Depart! Those of them that follow you–surely hell shall be your recompense, an ample recompense! And startle any of them whom you can with your voice; and rally against them your horsemen and your foot [soldiers], and share with them in their wealth and their children, and promise them!”

But Satan promises them naught, except delusion.

 Islam. Qur’an 17.61-64

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, “Whence have you come?” Satan answered the Lord, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” Then Satan answered the Lord, “Does Job fear God for naught? Hast thou not put a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But put forth Thy hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse Thee to thy face.” And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power.”

Judaism and Christianity. Bible, Job 1.6-12

Seated on his golden throne, blazing like flame, Ravana resembled a great fire kindled on an altar kept alive by sacrificial offerings. Unconquered by gods, gandharvas, rishis or other creatures, that warrior, who resembled death itself with wide-open jaws, bore on his person the wounds inflicted by the thunderbolts in the war between gods and titans… He, the scourge of the gods, who transgressed every moral law, the ravisher of others’ wives, the wielder of celestial weapons, the destroyer of sacrifices, who descended into the city of Bhogavati and subdued the serpent Vasuki, from whom, on his defeat, he stole the gentle consort; he who scaled Mount Kailasha and overcame Kuvera depriving him of his aerial chariot Pushpaka, which transported him wherever he desired; he who in his anger destroyed the garden of Chaitaratha, the lotus pool and the Nandana Grove and all the pleasurable retreats of the gods… proud of his strength, he stole the Soma juice, sanctified by mantras, before its pressing by the twice-born in the sacrifice; this perverse wretch, Ravana of evil deeds, slayer of the brahmins, ruthless, pitiless, delighting in causing harm to others, was verily a source of terror to all beings.

 Hinduism. Ramayana, Aranya Kanda 32

Individual responsibility

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
                     Christianity.  Philippians 2.12
Man should discover his own reality
       and not thwart himself.
For he has his self as his only friend,
       or as his only enemy.
A person has the self as friend
       when he has conquered himself,
But if he rejects his own reality,
       the self will war against him.
                      Hinduism.  Bhagavad Gita 6.5-6
Or has he not been told of what is in the scrolls of Moses, and of
Abraham, he who paid his debt in full? That no soul laden bears the load
of another, and that a man shall have to his account only as he has
labored, and that his laboring shall surely be seen, Then he shall be
recompensed for it with the fullest recompense, and that the final end is
unto your Lord.
                         Islam.  Qur'an 53.36-42
The word of the Lord came to me again, "What do you mean by
repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, 'The fathers have
eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge'?  As I live,
says the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel.
Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of
the son is mine, the soul that sins shall die...."
       Yet you say, "Why should not the son suffer for the iniquity of the
father?"  When the son has done what is lawful and right, and has been
careful to observe all my statutes, he shall surely live.  The soul that
sins shall die.  The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father,
nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of
the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked
shall be upon himself.... Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel,
every one according to his ways, says the Lord God.
                  Judaism: Ezekiel 18

"Please, Man of Shakya," said Dhotaka, "free me from confusion!"  "It is
not in my practice to free anyone from confusion," said the Buddha.  "When
you have understood the most valuable teachings, then you yourself will
cross the ocean."
                     Buddhism.  Sutta Nipata 1063-64

The War Within

This body is mortal, always gripped by death, but within it dwells the immortal Self. This Self, when associated in our consciousness with the body, is subject to pleasure and pain; and so long as this association continues, freedom from pleasure and pain can no man find.

1. Hinduism. Chandogya Upanishad 8.12.1

I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. So then it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me.

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?

19. Christianity. Romans 7.15-24

Surely God wrongs not men anything, but men wrong themselves.

21. Islam. Qur’an 10.44

Whatever harm a foe may do to a foe, or a hater to a hater, an ill-directed mind can do one far greater harm.

23. Buddhism. Dhammapada 42

Rabbi Isaac said, “Man’s evil inclination renews itself daily against him, as it is said, ‘Every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil every day.’ [Genesis 6.5].” And Rabbi Simeon ben Levi said, “Man’s evil inclination gathers strength against him daily and seeks to slay him… and were not the Holy One, blessed be He, to help him, he could not prevail against it.”

13. Judaism. Talmud, Kiddushin 30b

The Refining Fire

As the heat of a fire reduces wood to ashes, the fire of knowledge burns
to ashes all karma.  Nothing in this world purifies like spiritual wisdom.
                      Hinduism.  Bhagavad Gita 4.37
Every soul must taste of death, and We try you with evil and with good,
for ordeal.  And unto Us you will be returned.
                           Islam.  Qur'an 21.35
Rabbi Johanan said, "The Israelites are compared to an olive tree, because
as the olive yields its oil only by hard pressure, so the Israelites do
not return to righteousness except through suffering."
                      Judaism.  Talmud, Menahot 53b
We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope
does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our
                    Christianity.  Bible, Romans 5.3-5
Yet the suffering
Involved in my awakening will have a limit;
It is like the suffering of having an incision made
In order to remove and destroy greater pain.
Even doctors eliminate illness
With unpleasant medical treatments,
So in order to overcome manifold sufferings
I should be able to put up with some discomfort.
But the Supreme Physician does not employ
Common medical treatments such as these,
With an extremely gentle technique
He remedies all the greatest sins.
      Buddhism.  Shantideva, Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life

Ignorance (page 229)

My people go into exile for want of knowledge.

1. Judaism and Christianity. Isaiah 5.13

Fools dwelling in darkness, but thinking themselves wise and erudite, go round and round, by various tortuous paths, like the blind led by the blind.

21. Hinduism. Katha Upanishad 1.2.5

They have hearts, but understand not with them; they have eyes, but perceive not with them; they have ears, but they hear not with them. They are like cattle; nay, rather they are further astray. Those–they are the heedless.

24. Islam. Qur’an 7.179

You shall indeed hear but never understand,
and you shall indeed see but never perceive.
For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and their ears are heavy of hearing,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should perceive with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their heart,
and turn for me to heal them.

25. Christianity. Matthew 13.14-15

Blind is this world. Few are those who clearly see. As birds escape from a net, few go to a blissful state.

26. Buddhism. Dhammapada 174

The search for knowledge

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men

generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him.

                         Christianity.  James 1.5

[God] gives wisdom to whom He will, and he to whom wisdom is given has

truly received abundant good.  But none remember except men of


                           Islam.  Qur’an 2.269

He who imbibes the Dhamma abides in happiness with mind pacified; the wise

man ever delights in the Dhamma revealed by the Noble Ones.

                         Buddhism.  Dhammapada 79

As the heat of a fire reduces wood to ashes, the fire of knowledge burns

to ashes all karma.  Nothing in this world purifies like spiritual wisdom.

It is the perfection achieved in time through the path of yoga, the path

which leads to the Self within.

                     Hinduism.  Bhagavad Gita 4.37-38

oes not wisdom call,

        does not understanding raise her voice?

On the heights beside the way,

        in the paths she takes her stand;

beside the gates of the town,

        at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud;

“To you, O men, I call,

        and my cry is to the sons of men.

O simple ones, learn prudence;

        O foolish men, pay attention.

Hear, for I will speak noble things,

        and from my lips will come what is right;

for my mouth will utter truth;

        wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

All the words of my mouth are righteous;

        there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.

They are all straight to him who understands

        and right to those who find knowledge.

Take my instruction instead of silver,

        and knowledge rather than choice gold;

for wisdom is better than jewels,

        and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

                Judaism and Christianity.  Proverbs 8.1-11

Poverty of Conceptual Learning

Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the


              Judaism and Christianity.  Ecclesiastes 12.12

This is true knowledge: to seek the Self as the true end of wisdom always.

To seek anything else is ignorance.

                      Hinduism.  Bhagavad Gita 13.11

Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.  If any one imagines that he knows

something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.  But if one loves

God, one is known by him.

                    Christianity.  1 Corinthians 8.1-3

Perfected is the Word of your Lord in truth and justice.  There is naught

that can change His words.  He is the Hearer, the Knower.  If you obeyed

most of those on earth they would mislead you far from God’s way; they

follow naught but an opinion, and they do but guess.

                         Islam.  Qur’an 6.115-16

  Mahamati, the Tathagatas do not teach a doctrine that is dependent

upon letters.  As to letters, their being or non-being is not attainable;

it is otherwise with thought that is never dependent upon letters.  Again,

Mahamati, anyone that discourses on a truth that is dependent upon letters

is a mere prattler because truth is beyond letters.  For this reason, it

is declared in the canonical text by myself and other Buddhas and

bodhisattvas that not a letter is uttered or answered by the Tathagatas.

For what reason?  Because truths are not dependent on letters….

        Therefore, Mahamati, let the son or daughter of a good family take

good heed not to get attached to words as being in perfect conformity with

meaning, because truth is not of the letter.  Be not like the one who

looks at the fingertip.  When a man with his fingertip points out

something to somebody, the fingertip may be taken wrongly for the thing

pointed at.  In like manner, simple and ignorant people are unable even

unto their death to abandon the idea that in the fingertip of words there

is the meaning itself, and will not grasp ultimate reality because of

their intent clinging to words, which are no more than the fingertip….

Be not like one who, grasping his own fingertip, sees the meaning there.

You should rather energetically discipline yourself to get at the meaning


                     Buddhism.  Lankavatara Sutra 76


Many with a yellow robe on their necks are of evil disposition and uncontrolled. Evil-doers on account of their evil deeds are born in a woeful state.

Better to swallow a red-hot iron ball [which would consume one] like a flame of fire than to be an immoral and uncontrolled person feeding on the alms offered by the devout….

Any loose act, any corrupt practice, a life of dubious holiness–none of these is of much fruit.

9. Buddhism. Dhammapada 307-12

Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

15. Christianity. Matthew 6.1-4

And of mankind are some who say, “We believe in God and the Last Day,” when they believe not. They think to beguile God and those who believe, and they beguile none save themselves; but they perceive not. In their hearts is a disease, and God increases their disease. A painful doom is theirs because they lie. And when it is said to them, “Make not mischief on the earth,” they say, “We are only peacemakers.” Behold they are indeed the mischief-makers but they perceive not.

19. Islam. Qur’an 2.8-12

As for you, son of man, your people who talk together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, say to one another, each to his brother, “Come, and hear what the word is that comes forth from the Lord.” And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with their lips they show much love, but their heart is set on their gain.

20. Judaism and Christianity. Ezekiel 33.30-31

Many are the gurus who are proficient to the utmost in Vedas and Shastras; but rare is the guru who has attained to the supreme Truth.

Many are the gurus on earth who give what is other than the Self; but rare is the guru who brings to light the Atman.

Many are the gurus who rob the disciple of his wealth; but rare is the guru who removes the disciple’s afflictions.

Many are they who are given to the discipline and conduct according to caste, stage, and family; but he who is devoid of all volition is a guru rare to find.

He is the guru by whose very contact there flows the supreme bliss; the intelligent man shall choose such a one as the guru and no other.

22. Hinduism. Kularnava Tantra 13

Joy and Happiness

The kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

12. Christianity. Bible, Romans 14.17

The bliss of lusts and heaven-world equal not One sixteenth of the bliss of craving’s ending.

17. Buddhism. Udana 11

God has promised to believers… beautiful mansions in Gardens of everlasting bliss. But the greatest bliss is the good pleasure of God: that is the supreme felicity.

19. Islam. Qur’an 9.72

The felicity that results from the gratification of desire, or that other purer felicity which one enjoys in heaven, does not come to even a sixteenth part of that which arises upon the abandonment of all kinds of thirst!

18. Hinduism. Mahabharata, Shantiparva 177

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord is God!
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him, bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

29. Judaism and Christianity. Bible, Psalm 100


God changes not what is in a people, until they change what is in


                           Islam.  Qur’an 13.11

Remembering me, you shall overcome all difficulties through my grace.  But

if you will not heed me in your self-will, nothing will avail you.

                      Hinduism.  Bhagavad Gita 18.58

If a man sanctify himself a little, he becomes much sanctified; if he

sanctify himself below, he becomes sanctified from above; if he sanctify

himself in this world, he becomes sanctified in the world to come.

                        Judaism.  Talmud, Yoma 39a

(Taken out of 4th edition Re-ligio)

If you wish to find the true way,

Right action will lead you to it directly;

But if you do not strive for Buddhahood

You will grope in the dark and never find it.

                      Buddhism.  Sutra of Hui Neng 2

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it

will be opened to you.  For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks

finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Or what man of you, if

his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for

fish, will give him a serpent?  If you, then, who are evil, know how to

give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in

heaven give good things to those who ask him!

                   Christianity.  Bible, Matthew 7.7-11

Lying and deceit

No man who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no man who utters lies shall continue in my presence.

 Judaism and Christianity. Psalm 101.7

You brood of vipers! how can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter; for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

 Christianity. Matthew 12.34-37

O you who believe, wherefore do you say what you do not?
Very hateful is it to God, that you say what you do not.

 Islam. Qur’an 61.2-3

There is no evil that cannot be done by the liar, who has transgressed the one law of truthfulness and who is indifferent to the world beyond.

 Buddhism. Dhammapada 176

All things are determined by speech; speech is their root, and from speech they proceed. Therefore he who is dishonest with respect to speech is dishonest in everything.

 Hinduism. Laws of Manu 4.256


Putting away falsehood, let everyone speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

Christianity. Ephesians 4.25

One should speak the truth and speak it pleasingly; should not speak the truth in an unpleasant manner nor should one speak untruth because it is pleasing; this is the eternal law.

Hinduism. Laws of Manu 4.138

O ye who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to God, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it concerns rich or poor: for God can best protect both. Follow not the lusts of your hearts lest you swerve, and if you distort justice or decline to do justice, verily God is well-acquainted with all that you do.

Islam. Qur’an 4.135

Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem,
look and take note!
Search her squares to see
if you can find a man,
one who does justice
and seeks truth;
that I may pardon her….
O Lord, do not thy eyes look for truth?

Judaism and Christianity. Jeremiah 5.1-3

He who utters gentle, instructive, true words, who by his speech gives offense to none–him I call a brahmana.

Buddhism. Dhammapada 406

Labor and Industry

When the prayer is finished, scatter in the land and seek God’s bounty, and remember God frequently, that you may prosper.

4.Islam. Qur’an 62.10

He who says, “It is too hot, too cold, too late!”
Leaving the waiting work unfinished still,
Lets pass all opportunities for good.
But he who reckons heat and cold as straws
And like a man does all that’s to be done,
He never falls away from happiness.

8.Buddhism. Digha Nikaya iii.185, Sigalovada Sutta

Go to the ant, O sluggard;
consider her ways, and be wise.
Without having any chief,
officer, or ruler,
she prepares her food in summer,
and gathers her sustenance in harvest.
How long will you lie there, O sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
and poverty will come upon you like a vagabond,
and want like an armed man.

9.Judaism and Christianity. Proverbs 6.6-11

We were not idle when we were with you, we did not eat anyone’s bread without paying, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you. It was not because we have not that right, but to give you in our conduct an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: If any one will not work, let him not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busy- bodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work in quietness and to earn their own living.

11.Christianity. Bible, 2 Thessalonians 3.8-12

He who shirks action does not attain freedom; no one can gain perfection by abstaining from work. Indeed, there is no one who rests even for an instant; every creature is driven to action by his own nature.

Those who abstain from action while allowing the mind to dwell on sensual pleasure cannot be called sincere spiritual aspirants. But they excel who control their senses through the mind, using them for selfless service.

Fulfill all your duties; action is better than inaction. Even to maintain your body, Arjuna, you are obliged to act. But it is selfish action that imprisons the world. Act selflessly, without any thought of personal profit.

12.Hinduism. Bhagavad Gita 3.4-9


The firm control of the senses is what is called yoga.  One must then be

vigilant; for yoga can be both beneficial and injurious.

                    Hinduism.  Katha Upanishad 2.3.11

Heedfulness is the path to the deathless; heedlessness is the path to

death. The heedful do not die; the heedless are like unto the dead.

Distinctly understanding this difference, the wise, intent on heedfulness,

rejoice in heedfulness, delighting in the realm of the noble ones.

The constantly meditative, the ever steadfast ones, realize the bond-free,

supreme Nibbana.

The glory of him who is energetic, mindful, pure in deed, considerate,

self-controlled, right-living, and heedful steadily increases….

The ignorant, foolish folk indulge in heedlessness; the wise man guards

earnestness as the greatest treasure.

                       Buddhism.  Dhammapada 21-26

And watch! Lo! I am a watcher with you.

                           Islam.  Qur’an 11.93

ou yourself know well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in

the night.  When people say, “There is peace and security,” then sudden

destruction will come upon them as travail comes upon a woman with child,

and there will be no escape.  But you are not in darkness, brethren, for

that day to surprise you like a thief.  For you are all sons of light and

sons of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.  So then let us

not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.

                   Christianity.  1 Thessalonians 5.2-6

Keep your heart with all vigilance,

for from it flow the springs of life.

                 Judaism and Christianity.  Proverbs 4.23


Commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be silent.

                   Judaism and Christianity.  Psalm 4.4

Verily, from meditation arises wisdom.  Without meditation wisdom wanes.

                   Buddhism.  Dhammapada 282

ithin the lotus of the heart he dwells, where the nerves meet like the

spokes of a wheel at its hub.  Meditate on him as OM.  Easily may you

cross the sea of darkness.

                   Hinduism.  Mundaka Upanishad 2.2.6

Let the words of my mouth

    and the meditation of my heart

be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord,

    my rock and my redeemer.

                   Judaism and Christianity.  Bible, Psalm 19.14

Who remember Allah while standing or sitting or [lying] on their sides and give thought to the creation of the heavens and the earth, [saying], “Our Lord, You did not create this aimlessly; exalted are You [above such a thing]; then protect us from the punishment of the Fire. 

Quran 3:191


All that is on the earth will perish:
But will abide for ever the face of thy Lord–
full of Majesty, Bounty, and Honor.

6. Islam. Qur’an 55.26-27

Of old thou didst lay the foundation of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of thy hands;
They will perish,
but thou dost endure.
They will all wear out like a garment,
thou changest them like raiment, and they pass away.
But thou art the same,
and thy years have no end.

20. Judaism and Christianity. Bible, Psalm 102.25-27

Who knows the Eternal’s day
and the Eternal’s night,
Each lasting a thousand ages, truly
knows day and night.
At daybreak all things are disclosed;
they arise from the unmanifest.
At dusk they dissolve into
the very same unmanifest.
Again and again, the whole multitude
of creatures is born, and when night falls,
Is dissolved, without their will,
and at daybreak, is born again.
Beyond that unmanifest is
another, everlasting unmanifest
Which has no end, although
every creature perish.
This is called the imperishable
unmanifest and the highest goal.
Who reaches it does not return.
It is my supreme abode.

21. Hinduism. Bhagavad Gita 8.17-21

With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

22. Christianity. Bible, 2 Peter 3.8

Even ornamented royal chariots wear out. So too the body reaches old age. But the Dhamma of the Good grows not old. Thus do the Good reveal it among the Good.

24. Buddhism. Dhammapada 151

Self-Denial and No-Self

He who has no thought of "I" and "mine" whatever towards his mind and
body, he who grieves not for that which he has not, he is, indeed, called
a bhikkhu.
                   Buddhism.  Dhammapada 367
They are forever free who renounce all selfish desires and break away
from the ego-cage of "I," "me," and "mine" to be united with the Lord.
Attain to this, and pass from death to immortality.
                   Hinduism.  Bhagavad Gita 2.71
If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross
and follow me.  For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever
loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it.
                   Christianity.  Mark 8.34-36
In the evening do not expect [to live till] morning, and in the morning do
not expect evening.  Prepare as long as you are in good health for sick-
ness, and so long as you are alive for death.
                   Islam.  Forty Hadith of an-Nawawi 40

Enlightenment (used to be Dispelling the Darkness)

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
             Judaism and Christianity.  Bible, Psalm 119.105
Jesus spoke to them, saying "I am the light of the world; he who follows
me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
                     Christianity.  Bible, John 8.12
Those who believe will stand alongside [the Prophet], their light
streaming on ahead of them and to their right.  They will say, "Our Lord,
perfect our light for us, and forgive us!"
                           Islam.  Qur'an 66.8
A sun in splendor,
The revealed Brahman.
                     Hinduism.  Bhagavad Gita 5.15-16

The Sixth Patriarch was pursued by the monk Myo as far as Taiyu Mountain.

The patriarch, seeing Myo coming, laid the Robe and bowl [of office] on a

rock and said, “This robe represents the faith; it should not be fought

over.  If you want to take it away, take it now.”  Myo tried to move it,

but it was as heavy as a mountain and would not budge.  Faltering and

trembling, he cried out, “I came for the Dharma, not for the robe.  I beg

you, please give me your instruction.” The patriarch said, “Think neither

good nor evil.  At this very moment, what is the original self of the monk

Myo?”  At these words, Myo was directly illuminated.  His whole body was

covered with sweat.  He wept and bowed, saying, “Besides the secret words

and secret meaning you have just now revealed to me, is there anything

else, deeper still?”  The patriarch said, “What I have told you is no

secret at all.  When you look into your own true self, whatever is deeper

is found right there.”

                          Buddhism.  Mumonkan Case 23


No vision can grasp Him,
But His grasp is over all vision;
He is above all comprehension,
Yet is acquainted with all things.

4. . Islam. Qur’an 6.103

Can you find out the deep things of God?
Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?
It is higher than heaven–what can you do?
Deeper than Sheol–what can you know?
Its measure is longer than the earth,
and broader than the sea.

5. . Judaism and Christianity. Bible, Job 11.7-9

Here, O Shariputra, form is emptiness, and the very emptiness is form; emptiness does not differ from form, form does not differ from emptiness; whatever is form, that is emptiness, whatever is emptiness, that is form. The same is true of feelings, perceptions, impulses, consciousness.

23. Buddhism. Heart Sutra

The eye cannot see it; the mind cannot grasp it.
The deathless Self has neither caste nor race,
Neither eyes nor ears nor hands nor feet.
Sages say this Self is infinite in the great
And in the small, everlasting and changeless,
The source of life.

13. Hinduism. Mundaka Upanishad 1.1.6

Serving Others

Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

11.Christianity. Philippians 2.3-4

At the beginning, mankind and the obligation of selfless service were created together. “Through selfless service, you will always be fruitful and find the fulfillment of your desires”: this is the promise of the Creator….

Every selfless act, Arjuna, is born from the eternal, infinite Godhead. God is present in every act of service. All life turns on this law, O Arjuna. Whoever violates it, indulging his senses for his own pleasure and ignoring the needs of others, has wasted his life. But those who realize the God within are always satisfied. Having found the source of joy and fulfillment, they no longer seek happiness from the external world. They have nothing to gain or lose by any action; neither people nor things can affect their security.

What the outstanding person does, others will try to do. The standards such people set will be followed by the whole world. There is nothing in the three worlds for Me to gain, Arjuna, nor is there anything I do not have; I continue to act, but I am not driven by any need of my own. If I ever refrained from continuous work, everyone would immediately follow my example. If I stopped working I would be the cause of cosmic chaos, and finally of the destruction of this world and these people.

Strive constantly to serve the welfare of the world; by devotion to self- less work one attains the supreme goal in life. Do your work with the welfare of others always in mind. It was by such work that Janaka attained perfection; others, too, have followed this path.

The ignorant work for their own profit, Arjuna; the wise work for the welfare of the world, without thought to themselves. By abstaining from work you will confuse the ignorant, who are engrossed in their actions. Perform all work carefully, guided by compassion.

16.Hinduism. Bhagavad Gita 3.10-26

If, for my own sake, I cause harm to others,
I shall be tormented in hellish realms;
But if for the sake of others I cause harm to myself,
I shall acquire all that is magnificent.

By holding myself in high esteem
I shall find myself in unpleasant realms, ugly and stupid;
But should this [attitude] be shifted to others
I shall acquire honors in a joyful realm.

If I employ others for my own purposes
I myself shall experience servitude,
But if I use myself for the sake of others
I shall experience only lordliness.

20.Buddhism. Shantideva, Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life 8.126-128

All men are responsible for one another.

3.Judaism. Talmud, Sanhedrin 27b

Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakah; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are the righteous.

Islam, Quran 2:177


For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

4. Christianity. Bible, John 3.16

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; 
he makes me lie down in green pastures. 
He leads me beside still waters; 
he restores my soul. 
He leads me in paths of righteousness 
for his name’s sake. 
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 
I fear no evil; 
for thou art with me; 
thy rod and thy staff, 
they comfort me. 
Thou preparest a table before me 
in the presence of my enemies; 
thou anointest my head with oil, 
my cup overflows. 
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me 
all the days of my life; 
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord 
for ever.

10. Judaism and Christianity. Bible, Psalm 23

God promises you His forgiveness and bounties; and God cares for all and He knows all things. He grants wisdom to whom He pleases, and he to whom wisdom is granted receives indeed a benefit overflowing; but none will grasp the Message but men of understanding.

15. Islam. Qur’an 2.268-69

The Self is not to be obtained by instruction, Nor by intellect, nor by much learning. He is to be obtained only by the one whom He chooses. To such a one the Self reveals His own person.

16. Hinduism. Mundaka Upanishad 3.2.3

It is, Kâsyapa, as if a cloud rising above the horizon shrouds all space (in darkness) and covers the earth.

That great rain-cloud, big with water, is wreathed with flashes of lightning and rouses with its thundering call all creatures.

By warding off the sunbeams, it cools the region; and gradually lowering so as to come in reach of hands, it begins pouring down its water all around.

And so, flashing on every side, it pours out an abundant mass of water equally, and refreshes this earth.”

Buddhism. Lotus Sutra “The Parable of the Rain Cloud”


He it is who sent down peace of reassurance into the hearts of the
believers, that they might add faith to their faith.
                           Islam.  Qur'an 48.4
Just as a deep lake is clear and still, even so, on hearing the teachings
and realizing them, the wise become exceedingly peaceful.
                         Buddhism.  Dhammapada 82

As rivers flow into the ocean but cannot make the vast ocean overflow, so
flow the streams of the sense-world into the sea of peace that is the
                      Hinduism.  Bhagavad Gita 2.70
The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace.
                       Judaism.  Talmud, Gittin 59b

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Christianity:  Matthew 5:9

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