Buddhism’s popularity is growing. In 1910, Buddhism had a following of approximately 138 million individuals. By 2010, that number had reached roughly 495 million (Source). From 1990 to 2001, Buddhism grew in the United States by 170 percent and is now the fourth most practiced religion in America. (Source). It’s easy to see why Buddhism is becoming more and more popular. Buddhism offers moral guidance and direction without requiring any accountability or obligation to a god. It offers peace, tranquility and enlightenment through meditation, and it promises additional chances at life through reincarnation.
Are you prepared to talk to Buddhists, or someone who is considering Buddhism? Who was Buddha? What did he teach? How do his teachings line up with what the Bible teaches? Learn answers to these questions and others in the resources below.
"BUDDHISM: An Overview and Response to" by Charlie Campbell
— I. Origin and Founder
• Four Troubling Sights
• The "Four Noble Truths"
— II. The Teachings of Siddhartha Gautama
• Life Consists of Suffering
• We suffer because we desire things that are impermanent.
• The way to liberate oneself from suffering is by eliminating all desire.
• Desires can be eliminated, and nirvana reached by following “The Eightfold Path.”
— III. Ideas and Suggestions on Reaching Out to Buddhists with the Gospel
"How is Christ Superior to Buddha?" by Norman Geisler
"22 Important Questions for the Buddhistic Worldview" by J. Warner Wallace
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BUDDHISM: An Examination of the World's Fourth Largest Religion
(DVD) by Charlie Campbell
Siddhartha Gautama (also known as “The Buddha”) was born in approximately 480 BC in present day Nepal. Who was he? What did he teach? Why has Buddhism become so popular? How do Siddhartha’s teachings line up with what the Bible teaches? In this fascinating DVD, Charlie Campbell answers these questions and others. DVD length: 65 minutes.