Buddhism vs. Jainism


Buddhism is centered upon the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha, whereas Jainism is centered on the life and teachings of Mahavira. Buddhism is a polytheistic religion and it's main goal is to gain enlightenment. Jainism is also a polytheistic religion and it's goals are based on non-violence and liberation the soul.

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Founder Gautama Buddha (born as Prince Siddhartha) Mahavira.
Place of origin Nepal, India India.
Place of worship Monasteries, nunneries, pagodas and temples. Temple
Goal of religion To attain enlightenment and be released from the cycle of rebirth and death, thus attaining Nirvana. To gain liberation, adopt a path of non-violence towards all living beings.
Practices Practices of the Threefold Training: Morality, Concentration, and Wisdom. Non violence
Literal Meaning Buddhists mean those who follow the teachings of the Buddha To become a Jina(liberated soul).
Status of women No gender bias in Buddhism. In the Discourse related to householders, named 'Tein-gala-wada', certain duties and obligations were mentioned and applied to specific gender i.e. duties of a husband to a wife and vice versa, by the Buddha. Women can become nuns.
Use of statues and pictures Common Common.
Clergy Monks and Nuns, who unitedly and exactly follow the teachings of the Buddha under the name 'Sangha'. Monks, nuns.
Birth of Jesus Not relevant to Buddhism. N/A.
Second coming of Jesus Irrelevant to Buddhism. Pure Buddhism perfectly rejects such kinds of irrelevant concepts or ideas. N/A.
Death of Jesus Not relevant to Buddhism N/A.
Status of Adam Not relevant to Buddhism and this was merely a created concept which seemed to be imaginary to Buddhists. N/A.
View of the Buddha Founder of Buddhism or the Four Noble Truths N/A.
sects Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana, and so on. Digambara, Svetambara.
Principle This life is suffering, and the only way to escape from this suffering is to dispel one's cravings and ignorance by practising the Eightfold Path. Respect all living things.
Time of origin 2,500 years ago, circa 563 B.C.E. (Before Common Era) Approx.500 B.C.
Abrahamic Lineage N/A. N/A.
About Following the teachings of the Buddha Following the teachings of Mahavira.
Rites Generally common. Generally common.
Religion which atheists may still be adherents of Buddhists deny the existence of a God or gods. So Buddhism is not a religion, but the teachings of the Buddha. Yes.
Authority of Pope Absolutely irrelevant to Buddhism N/A.
Use of statues Used often. Used often.
Concept of Deity Instead of deities, Devas or celestial beings are accepted as those suffering in the samsara. Numerous deities known as Tirthenkaras.
Authority of Dalai Lama Merely belonging to Tibetan Buddhism and has no relevance to Theravada Buddhism. N/A.
Names of God Brahma, Avalokitesvara Ghantakarna Mahavir.
Belief of God Buddhism does not believe in a Creator God. Jainism does not believe in a Creator God.
Identity of Jesus Not relevant to Buddhism N/A.
Resurrection of Jesus N/A N/A.
Concept of God A God or gods have always been rejected wholly by Theravada Buddhists. Their only refuges are the three jewels: The Buddha, The Dhamma, and The Sangha. Numerous deities.
Followers Buddhists Jains.
Virtue on which religion is based upon Compassion Ahimsa (meaning non-violence, or pacifism).
Praying to Saints,Mary, and Angel They have no relevance to Buddhism at all. N/A.

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March 9, 2014, 6:06am

Lol. The fact that the bottom section is only for christian sects make me giggle... "what is the buddhist and jain standpoint on the coming of jesus christ?" lolol

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