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Buddhism versus Scientology comparison chart
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Place of worship Buddhist monasteries, temples, shrines. Temple.
Place of origin Indian Subcontinent The United States
Practices Practices of the Threefold Training: Virtue, Concentration, and Wisdom, a.k.a the Noble Eightfold Path. Dianetics
Life after death Rebirth is one of the central beliefs of Buddhism. We are in an endless cycle of birth, death and re-birth, which can only be broken by attaining nirvana. Attaining nirvana is the only way to escape suffering permanently. Reincarnation.
Founder Gautama Buddha (born as Prince Siddhartha) L. Ron Hubbard.
Belief of God The idea of an omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent creator is rejected by Buddhists. The Buddha himself refuted the theistic argument that the universe was created by a self-conscious, personal God. One God.
Clergy The Buddhist Sangha, composed of bhikkhus (male monks) and bhikkhunis (female monks). The sangha is supported by lay Buddhists. Auditors
Scriptures Tripitaka - a vast canon composed of 3 sections: the Discourses, the Discipline and the Commentaries, and some early scriptures, such as the Gandhara texts. The Writings of L. Ron Hubbard
Goal of religion To attain enlightenment and be released from the cycle of rebirth and death, thus attaining Nirvana. To become an operating Thetan.
Literal Meaning Buddhists are those who follow the teachings of the Buddha in order to become like the Buddha. The Study of Knowledge or Truth.
Use of Statues Used as meditation objects, and revered as they reflect the qualities of the Buddha. N/A
View of the Buddha The highest teacher and the founder of Buddhism, the all-transcending sage. N/A.
Concept of Deity Gods are seen as higher life forms, still bound in samsara. One God.
Holy days/Official Holidays Vesak day in which the birth, the awakening, and the parinirvana of the Buddha is celebrated. L. Ron Hubbard's Birthday; Clear Day; Auditor's Day;Freedom Day;
Time of origin 2,500 years ago, circa 563 B.C.E. (Before Common Era) 1950.
Authority of Dalai Lama Dalai Lamas are tulkus of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. They are cultural figures and are independent of the doctrinal basis of Buddhism. N/A.
Marriage It is not a religious duty to marry. Monks and nuns do not marry and are celibate. Advice in the Discourses on how to maintain a happy and harmonious marriage. Between one man and one woman.
Geographical distribution and predominance Theradava Buddhist countries, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Sri Lanka are the places of predominance of Buddhism. The Noble Truths are presently best heard in Myanmar only. All over the world, however mostly in the United States
Religion which atheists may still be adherents of Yes. Yes.

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