Buddhism vs. Scientology

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Buddhism

Buddhism

Scientology

Founder Gautama Buddha (born as Prince Siddhartha) L. Ron Hubbard.
Place of worship Monasteries, nunneries, pagodas and temples. Temple.
Place of origin Nepal, India The United States
Practices Practices of the Threefold Training: Morality, Concentration, and Wisdom. Dianetics
Goal of religion To attain enlightenment and be released from the cycle of rebirth and death, thus attaining Nirvana. To become an operating Thetan.
Life after death Until one has not attained Nirvana, he or she will be reborn into any of the 31 planes of existence over and over again, due to his/her karma. Reincarnation.
Scriptures Tripitaka - a vast volume of 3 main sections: the Discourses, the Discipline and the Absolute Doctrine - which appeared only after the death of the Buddha, thanks to the monks who collected all the teachings of the Buddha. The Writings of L. Ron Hubbard
Literal Meaning Buddhists mean those who follow the teachings of the Buddha The Study of Knowledge or Truth.
Clergy Monks and Nuns, who unitedly and exactly follow the teachings of the Buddha under the name 'Sangha'. Auditors
Time of origin 2,500 years ago, circa 563 B.C.E. (Before Common Era) 1950.
Concept of Deity Instead of deities, Devas or celestial beings are accepted as those suffering in the samsara. One God.
Belief of God Buddhism does not believe in a Creator God. One God.
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. One God.
Views on the afterlife Cycle of rebirth and death in 31 realms, as determined by karma. Good karma can lead one to be reborn into any of the 26 realms of happiness. Evil karma will lead one to be reborn into any of the four nether realms of suffering. Reincarnation
Holy days/Official Holidays Kasone Full Moon Day, Waso Full Moon Day, etc. L. Ron Hubbard's Birthday; Clear Day; Auditor's Day;Freedom Day;
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
View of the Buddha Founder of Buddhism or the Four Noble Truths N/A.
Definition Teachings of the Buddha The Study of Knowledge or Truth
Marriage Seen as a social convention and mainly a personal and individual concern, not a religious duty. Advice in the Discourses are on how to maintain a happy and harmonious marriage. Faithfulness and monogamy was encouraged. Between one man and one woman.
Rites Generally common. Dianetics
About Following the teachings of the Buddha Mind, Body, and Soul.
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.
Use of statues Used often. N/A
View of Animistic religions Wholly rejects such kinds of concepts. The Buddha's teachings have nothing to do with these. N/A.
Authority of Dalai Lama Merely belonging to Tibetan Buddhism and has no relevance to Theravada Buddhism. N/A.
Belief of God Buddhists do not believe in a Creator God, but, do have non-creator deities. One God.
Place and Time of origin Approx. 2,500 years ago, The United States, 1950.

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July 18, 2013, 5:08pm

Scientology isn't theistic. They aren't explicitly and unconditionally atheistic, but they do not define any deity. In lectures and writings, Hubbard mocked virtually all other religions, and the idea of a deity is occasionally singled out for derision, as in the policy letter "The Why is God." Although Hubbard frequently contradicted himself, I don't think you can call Scientology anything more than agnostic.

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April 28, 2014, 7:45pm

It's seems like Scientology is the modern way of buddhism I really like it and will love it if somebody really explaining what is the goal in a easy unferstanding way to the people who are living in 2014 after Christ ...

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