Buddha (Siddhārtha Gautama) insisted he was human and that there is no almighty, benevolent God. He preached that desire was the root cause of suffering and that people should seek to eliminate desire. He was born in present-day Nepal roughly 500 years before Jesus Christ (Jesus of Nazareth).
Christ was born in Bethlehem in present-day Palestine. He was a Galilean Jewish Rabbi who was regarded as a teacher and healer in Judaea. Christians believe that he was the Messiah promised in the Old Testament and that he was the son of God. In fact, the Christian concept of God is a holy trinity: God (the Father), Christ (the Son) and the holy Spirit.
|Died||c. 483 BCE (aged 80) or 411 and 400 BCE, Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, today in India||33 AD, Jerusalem|
|Islam||N/A||In Islam as opposed Christianity, Jesus was just a prophet but also revered as the messiah who will return to save the world from the tyranny of the anti-christ.|
|Appears in||the pali canon, chinese canon, tibetan canon, etc.||The Gospels and the Koran (Qur'an)|
|Chief rival||Mara||The devil (a satan)|
|Raised in||kapilavatthu (border of northern india and nepal).||Nazareth in ancient Israel|
|Born||c. 563 BCE, Lumbini, today in Nepal||Approx. 07-04 B.C.|
|Foster mother||Mahapajapati Gotami||N/A|
|Born in||Nepal||Bethlehem in Judea|
|Christianity||N/A||Christianity teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, and Saviour the world. Jesus was the founder of Christianity.|
|Successor||maitreya||Peter and the Apostles|
|Judaism||N/A||Not accepted as a prophet, the Jewish people are still waiting for a Messiah to come.|
|Foster father||n/a||St. Joseph|
|Birth mother||Queen Maha Maya||The Virgin Mary|
|Role in Godhead||N/A||Second Person of the Christian Trinity|
|Cause of death||Old age.||Crucifixion|
|Predecessor||kassapa||John the Baptist|
|Parents||King Suddhodana and Queen Maya.||Father: God, Mother: Mary|
|Father||King Śuddhodana||God the Father according to Christianity|
|Hinduism||Vaishanvas believe that Gautama was an avatar of Vishnu.||N/A|
|Buddhism||Buddhism teaches Gautama was the Enlightened One.||N/A|
|Marriage||Yasodhara||Christ Is Married to His Church|
|Resurrection||Not claimed||Affirmed in Christianity|
|Virgin Birth||According to Wikipedia, some versions of the life of Buddha say that he was conceived without any sexual activity.||Affirmed in Christianity and Islam. Though in Christianity, Jesus is the son of God but conceived by the Holy Spirit. Islam teaches it was simply a Virgin Birth.|
|Name of God||Brahma (though he denied that he was a creator god)||Aloi, Jehovah, Father, Lord|
|Seal of Gurus/ Prophets||The Enlightened one.||The Messiah|
|Monotheism||The Buddha wasn't monotheistic.||God Is Father, Son(Jesus) and Holy Spirit|
|Religious Symbol||The wheel.||The Cross, because of His Passion and Death|
|Honored in||Buddhism, Hinduism||Christianity, Islam, Hinduism|
Videos comparing Buddha and Christ
This video compares the the beliefs of Christianity and Buddhism and draws parallels between the two religions.
Similarities in teachings
Christian scholar Marcus Borg found several similarities between the teachings of Buddha and Jesus.
In this video a Buddhist contrasts Christian and Buddhist philosophies by narrating two stories about death.
Books and Novelties
There are several good books about Buddhism on Amazon.com: