Bahá'í Faith and Buddhism
unity of religion
Buddhism is recognized in the Bahá'í Faith as one of nine known religions and its scriptures are regarded as predicting the coming of Bahá'u'lláh (Maitreya). Buddha is included in the succession of Manifestations of God. The authenticity of the current canon of Buddhist scriptures is seen as uncertain. In recent years there has been an increase in the number of Bahá'ís from Buddhist background.
The differences between religious concepts in Buddhism and the Abrahamic religions has caused questions for Bahá'í scholarship. Jamshed Fozdar presents the Buddhist teaching about an unknowable reality as referring to the concept of God, for example in the following passage from the Udana (v.81) in the Khuddaka Nikaya: "There is, O monks, an Unborn, Unoriginated, Uncreated, Unformed. Were there not, O monks, this Unborn, Unoriginated, Uncreated, Unformed, there would be no escape from the world of the born, originated, created, formed. Since, O monks, there is an Unborn, Unoriginated, Uncreated, Unformed, therefore is there an escape from the born, originated, created, formed." Moojan Momen shows the many similarities between the ethical teachings in Theravada Buddhism and the Bahá'í Faith, and states that the metaphysical differences originate from culture-bound terminologies.
Eightfold Noble Path
The Bahá'í teachings uphold all parts of the Eightfold Noble Path: right view, right aim or right-mindedness, right speech, right action, right living or livelihood, right effort or endeavour, right mindfulness and right contemplation.
- Bahá'í Faith and Hinduism
- Bahá'í Faith and Zoroastrianism
- Religion in India
- Bahá'í Faith in Nepal
- Bahá'í Faith and the unity of religion
- Fozdar, Jamshed K. (1995) . The God of Buddha. Ariccia (RM), Italy: Casa Editrice Bahá'í Srl. ISBN 88-7214-031-5. OL 24300363M.
- Momen, Moojan (1994). Buddhism and the Bahá'í Faith. Oxford, UK: George Ronald. ISBN 0-85398-384-4. (short version of this title here).
- Momen, Moojan (1988). Studies in the Bábí and Bahá’í Religions vol. 5, chapter: A Basis For Bahá’í Metaphysics. Kalimat Press. pp. 185–217. ISBN 0-933770-72-3.
- Buck, Christopher (1980). The Mystery of the Sworded Warrior in Hindu Apocalypse: Was Kalki Visnuyas Bahá'u'lláh?.
- Cole, Juan (1996). A Zen Gloss on Baha'u'llah's Commentary on "He who knoweth his self knoweth his Lord".
- Faber, Roland (2017). Bahá'u'lláh and the Luminous Mind: Bahá'í Gloss on a Buddhist Puzzle, in Lights of Irfan 18.
- Fozdar, Jamshed K. (1976). Buddha Maitrya-Amitabha Has Appeared. New Delhi, India: Bahá'í Publishing Trust. ISBN 81-85091-83-8.
- Kluge, Ian. (2006). Buddhism and the Bahá’í Writings: An Ontological Rapprochement.
- Kluge, Ian. (2013). The Bahá'í Writings and the Buddhist Doctrine of Emptiness: An Initial Survey.
- Sours, Michael (2000). "Hindu and Buddhist Scripture in Bahá'í Scripture". Without Syllable or Sound: The World's Sacred Scriptures in the Bahá'í Faith. Los Angeles, United States: Kalimat Press. ISBN 1-890688-06-1.
- Related documents on Bahá'í Library Online
- 'Abdu'l-Bahá and Shoghi Effendi. Buddha, Krishna, Zoroaster and Related Subjects, compiled by Research Department of the Universal House of Justice.
- BIC Statement: The Common Goal of Universal Peace in Buddhism and the Baha'i Faith (1990)
- Prophecy Fulfilled: Buddhist Prophecies