The pro of practicing Mahayana Buddhism is that the Dharma is left to the interpretation of the person. How the person defines or relates to what they read is solely on them. Unlike Christianity where the pastor explains the text according to his interpretation. It is difficult to distinguish between primary sacred texts of religious traditions from those that are also sacred but secondary. For instance, in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, there are a number of texts that are treated as sacred that it is not possible to single out those which deserve the title scripture.
Thus, the realization of truth is also depends on his own. The freedom of thought of an individual allowed by the Buddha is unheard in other religions. Even though there is a big difference between Buddhism and other religious, the Buddha showed his embracement and peaceful mind. He thinks that one should not condemn other religions but should help all the others to grow. Then, the book addresses that Buddhism encourages people realizing the truth by seeing, knowing, understanding but not on faith or belief.
Hinduism and Christianity are two examples of religion that is both great and influential. Some modern thinkers have concluded that there is no ethical and moral teaching in Hinduism because there are no Ten Commandments which are code of life and the basic foundation of ethical teachings of Christianity. The teachings of Hinduism are very loose when it comes to the religion. Its tolerance to add and integrate religions causes a very prominent difference to Christianity. Though these two religions differ greatly, their ethics in moral conduct is in the end the same.
Buddhists also believe in hell just like Christians. They fear that if they do not follow their precepts, Buddhists stand the chance of being reborn in hell (cite 126). Both Christians and Buddhists also pray on a regular basis. While the Christians pray to an almighty god, the Buddhists pray to the Buddha for blessings (cite 130). While Buddhists do not consider Buddha to be a god, they still treat the idea of the Buddha as a divine image (cite 130).
Buddhists also do not worship and study about any other God or divinities. They even do not worship Buddha who is creator of Buddhism. They sometimes go to a temple and bow down to a statue which has smiling. It is just an expression of thanks for the teaching of Buddha. Buddhists think Buddha is ideal person so try to resemble him.
Being raised as a Christian I never gave a thought to any of the other religions. Before visiting or learning about Buddhism I was sure Christianity had nothing in common with Buddhism. Christians believe that the only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ, who is the son of God, and the Buddhists believe that the only way to overcome the desire of the body is through the eightfold path which is the way to Nirvana. While Buddhists believe that suffering is brought about by our desires and humanity needs to overcome that by fighting to get rid of the craving of the body. Christians believe suffering is real and the only way to overcome that is to trust in God and through forgiveness we learn how to deal with our desire.
Some Buddhists would say that Puja is a way of involving the emotions in following the Buddhist path. It is also a natural expression of gratitude for someone who enjoys his or her type of religion. Other Buddhists say that their worship involves offerings to the buddha-nature. This is the enlightenment they believe exists in all living things. There are no rules in Buddhism about how or how often one should worship.
Even though, Hinduism and Buddhism have different similarities such as believes in god, soul, and rituals, which in some ways connected to each other, both religions believe of what happens after life. Although Buddhism evolved from Hinduism it differs from Hinduism in god beliefs. According to Buddhists there is no God, but they reverence the Buddha and his teachings as though he were one. Buddha, believe in no Atman’s, nor is there a Brahman or supreme being because all is not permanent. They believe that to have faith in a higher power is nothing more than illusion.
They worship Buddha’s teachings because it is morally right. The ways they think, feel, and live are based on certain principles taught by Buddha in result of where they will end up in the afterlife. Of course they all want to be saved and enter Nirvana. Buddhists must break the karma and not be reborn into the world. Salvation for Buddhists is enlightenment.
Buddhists also believe in hell just like Christians. They fear that if they do not follow their precepts, Buddhists stand the chance of being reborn in hell (Van Voorst 126). Both Christians and Buddhists also pray on a regular basis. While the Christians pray to an almighty god, the Buddhists pray to the Buddha for blessings (Van Voorst 130). While Buddhists do not consider Buddha to be a god, they still treat the idea of the Buddha as a divine image (Van Voorst 130).