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What are some similarities between Judaism and Buddhism?

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2015-03-06 10:01:40

**Edit to this person's response: "Both religions did not engage

in proselytizing" is wrong. Buddhism was a proselytizing religion.

Ashoka (Chandragupta's son) spread Buddhism throughout Burma,

Syria, and Egypt by means of missionaries.


  • They both don't stress the afterlife.
  • They both don't allow being mean to others.
  • As far as doctrine there is agreement that being "good" is

    better than being "bad"

  • Some schools of thought within Judaism subscribe to

    reincarnation, which is also a belief of Buddhism. However this is

    not an actual religious doctrine of Judaism, and is not mentioned

    anywhere in the Talmud.

  • Both religions do not engage in proselytizing.

But most other issues differ:


  • Is a deity based religion.
  • Uses Jewish cultural references.
  • There is a defined start to creation and mankind (though most

    Jews today believe in evolution and the Big Bang Theory).

  • Jews do not believe that desire causes suffering. Jews strive

    for a balance.

  • There is a code of ethics to follow (some follow it


  • Does not place emphasis on the afterlife.


  • Has no deity.
  • Has no creation narrative.
  • Uses Indian cultural references.
  • Has no set of right and wrong behaviors - just


  • Enlightenment is achieved by individual effort.
  • Believes in reincarnation.
  • Has no heaven, just a state of existence without self, called


Answer 2

All religions are alike because they all believe in some type of

god; but Buddhism and Judaism are not alike. They are, in fact, the

most opposite. Buddhism is more spiritual, you could say, and

Judaism deals more with everyday life.

Answer 3

These two religions are so apart that it is hard to say that

there is any similarity between the two. Judaism is Monotheistic,

Buddhism is not. Judaism believes that God revealed himself to

mankind so that mankind will be able to correct the world. Buddhism

believes Buddha (who was human) revealed the way to escape from the

suffering of this world. Maybe one shared thing to the two

religions is the key belief in treating other people well (though

for different reasons).

Answer 4

Buddhism and Judaism share a few general ideas, but are

fundamentally different religions and hold beliefs that run counter

to one another. The few similarities that exist include:

Schools and Academies of Study: Both Buddhism and Judaism

are complex disciplines with very precise and lengthy requirements

for practice. As a result, Buddhist and Jewish scholars have places

of teaching and train their disciples for years to understand the

very complex knowledge of the religious life.

Spirituality over Materialism: Buddhism and Judaism are

both deeply anti-materialistic, holding that Truth is discoverable

only when seeing the world in its spiritual essence. The Buddhist

achieves this through asceticism while the Jew achieves it through

separation, but the intent is similar.

Valuing the Weak: Buddhism and Judaism hold that the

elderly, the sick, and children are very valuable even though their

material or physical contribution to society may not be very high.

The wisdom of the elderly is to be prized, the sick are to be

helped and sympathized with, and the innocence of children is


Human Fraternity: Both religions believe that people

should be kind to one another and love each other (within reason).

The core teachings of both faiths are to be peaceful and

good-willed. Political situations such as those in Tibet and Israel

make these teachings more difficult to follow.

This World Matters: Buddhism and Judaism do have an

afterlife. But contrary to faiths which focus heavily on the

afterlife, Buddhists and Jews do not see it as central to their

teachings. In Buddhism and Judaism, a person performs righteously

in this life solely because they live and for no other reason.

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