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.
Literal Meaning Buddhists mean those who follow the teachings of the Buddha To become a Jina(liberated soul).
Place of origin Nepal, India India.
Clergy Monks and Nuns, who unitedly and exactly follow the teachings of the Buddha under the name 'Sangha'. Monks, nuns.
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.
Place of worship Monasteries, nunneries, pagodas and temples. Temple
Practices Practices of the Threefold Training: Morality, Concentration, and Wisdom. Non violence
Birth of Jesus Not relevant to Buddhism. N/A.
Use of statues and pictures Common Common.
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.
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.
Abrahamic Lineage N/A. N/A.
sects Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana, and so on. Digambara, Svetambara.
Resurrection of Jesus N/A N/A.
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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