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.

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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)
Ethnicity Shakya Palestinian Jew
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
Successor maitreya Peter and the Apostles
Christianity N/A Christianity teaches that Jesus is the Son of God, and Saviour the world. Jesus was the founder of Christianity.
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
Language Sanskrit Aramaic
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
Religion Hinduism Judaism
Religion Founded Buddhism Christianity

Videos comparing Buddha and Christ

Comparative analysis

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.

Philosophical differences

In this video a Buddhist contrasts Christian and Buddhist philosophies by narrating two stories about death.

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