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Comparison of Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha and the Parable of the Lost Son
Religion and Theology
Pages 4 (1004 words)
Comparison of Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha and The Parable of the Lost Son Word Count: 1,040 (4 pages) I. Introduction In The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha, as well as the passage in Luke 15:11-32, there are definitely similarities in the story of the prodigal son, told from both the Buddhist and the Christian perspectives.
In The Teachings, the father’s wealth was greatly focused upon and stressed as an important part of the story. The father had many jewels about him, and acquired many riches, while his son was laboring in a poor hamlet for low wages.1 The Buddhist account is a tale which truly focuses on how the father was living in lavish luxury—while his own son was very poor, as he had left the household in search of adventure and spent much of his own fortune. What is most troubling about the difference between the Buddhist and the Christian accounts is how much the Buddhist teaching focuses on telling the story in such an elaborate fashion—detailing the every luxury of the father’s house, whereas the Christian account is a rather, how shall one say, ‘unvarnished’ tale. The Biblical account, while very similar in terms of talking about the father’s wealth—also mentions the fact that, like in the Buddhist account, the son is poor and working as a hired hand on his own father’s land. ...
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