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Buddhism versus Scientology comparison chart
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Place of worship Buddhist monasteries, temples, shrines. Temple.
Place of origin Nepal and the Indian subcontinent The United States
Practices Meditation, the Eightfold Path; right view, right aspiration, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration Dianetics
Founder The Buddha (born as Prince Siddhartha) 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. The Study of Knowledge or Truth.
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.
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 nuns). The sangha is supported by lay Buddhists. Auditors
Concept of Deity n/a. According to some interpretations, there are beings in heaven realms but they are also bound by "samsara". They may have less suffering but have not yet achieved salvation (nibbana) One God.
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
Time of origin 2,500 years ago, circa 563 B.C.E. (Before Common Era) 1950.
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.
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;
Geographical distribution and predominance (Majority or strong influence) Mainly in Thailand, Cambodia, Sri lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Japan, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Vietnam, China, Mongolia, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Other small minorities exist in other countries. All over the world, however mostly in the United States
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.
View of the Buddha The highest teacher and the founder of Buddhism, the all-transcending sage. N/A.
Religion which atheists may still be adherents of Yes. Yes.
Place and Time of origin The origin of Buddhism points to one man, Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, who was born in Lumbini (in present-day Nepal) during the 5th century BCE. The United States, 1950.

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