Why does the vision of Buddha not appear to a Christian or the vision of Jesus to a Buddhist?

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blue_teen_queen

Because that doesn’t reaffirm their existing beliefs. When was the last time a holy vision was Damascene?
JB, Paul was already aware of the religion, he was denying it. If he’d been running away from Buddhism and seen an angel telling him to follow Christ, THAT would have been amazing.

Xai

Because they aren’t looking for it, I suspect.

Radstar

Because one needs to be suffering from a particular delusion to see “visions” from that particular delusion!

itaylior

because the human beings that invented these religions decided it was that way, also they were invented long before you traveled to these places so the writers were probably un aware that the other existed,also i dont think these books do updated issues.

Woah..Limahl!

Because their faith teaches them that their deity looks a certain way, Christians see Jesus, Buddhists see Buddha etc…

alion300

Good question-I suppose if a person was susceptible to
“visions” they would have to reflect his/her belief system.

filya puta

Good point, people only see what they want to see…..

JB

What religion was Paul when he was blinded on the road to Damascus. He became a Christian after that meeting did he not.

I'm not that smart.

Although the essential reality of all origin is the same, the inculcated imagery and understanding, define what is applicable to the person. There are exceptions to this rule – those who either thru unasking innocence [without prejudice], or deliberate willingness to accept new things, and strive for them, are able to see things as others see them, even as none recorded has seen them.
These exception are more apt to promote deep insight, or deep conflict. It is an area where it should only be tread deliberately by those who are entirely self-possessed, and of clear judgment, or in the end they won’t be anything but lost in their own imagination.
50 very different images can mean the same essential thing, fitting perfectly to the understanding of each mind. Yet even then, there are few who do not insert their own false notions of what they desire, and not the intended truth, if any.
God bless.

Fortunatas Wisdom

Social indoctrination, intellectual conditioning, educational limitations.
Man has perception of his God as a perfect reflection of his imperfect earthly being. Realised souls acknowledge a journeys path toward learning, growing, purifying mind, body and spirit until it becomes as one with the great supernal entity.
He who learns at the feet of Buddha see him as the personification of God. The Great Deity. Christians or believers in the word and teachings of the Christ paint him in a hue of their own likeness.
Man feels cast adrift from his creator and subconsciously is disinclined to envisage his Supreme souls in too contrasting a countenance than he himself is.
Hence Gods countenance appears in the radiant and loving faces of those who have opened their hearts and minds to his love and truth.

pet_m0nster

Buddha is not some divine being who makes appearances to recruit followers. I’ll assume that when you say Buddha, you refer to Siddhartha Gautama, the first acknowledged buddha. If this is the case, then you should know he became a buddha only after attaining enlightenment, at which point he taught others how they could achieve this same state. He was/is not a divine or holy spirit in any way. He was merely a man who found a way to remove suffering from his life completely.
With that said, the modern Christian lifestyle somewhat contradicts the teachings of the Buddha. (A quick important note: the process toward enlightenment can only begin once you acknowledge that suffering is rooted in nature, and the only way to break away from this suffering, is to eliminate your desire for natural things.) Christians attain a life free from suffering only upon entry into heaven, and only upon accepting Jesus as the savior. Buddhists can (possibly) attain a life free from suffering at any point in life, and through their own hard work (access does not have to be granted by another). Basically, this means that Christians can live a life filled with desire, lust, greed, even murder, etc., and as long as they ask God for forgiveness based on Jesus’ crucifixion, they’re “in.” Also, the only way to see Buddha is to achieve enlightenment (at which point you would BE a buddha yourself), which is only possible by removing attachment and desire (i.e. salvation through the crucifixion of Jesus), which would prevent entry into heaven.
On the flip side of that coin, if a Buddhist was to ever see a vision of Jesus, to acknowledge it as anything of divine importance would create an attachment or desire toward nature, thus preventing progress toward enlightenment.
So, to answer your question, the “religion” is what prevents these different groups from agreeing on the correct way or means to a common goal of life without pain and suffering, and therefore, prevents them both from acknowledging each other’s founder/teacher.

Jim D

Every one of the Big Three religions is laced throughout with prejudice against either of the other two that derive from Hebraism.
Hinduism just gets caught up in that prejudice.
It’s the same reason that the current US Government hates for private individuals they call, counterfeiters, to print dollars:
Nobody likes competition.

unity in diversity

Who knows…maybe it happened… i heard of a muslim, who once had a vision of jesus christ and converted to christianity… all is possible in this universe…

Phoenix Quill

lol.
Well, ignoring the obvious “We see what we want” scenario….
What kind of idiot would see a vision of Christ & become a Buddhist?
Or vice versa for that matter. Sounds like a Stephen Wright joke. “Buddha appeared to me in a vision & said I needed to accept Christ”
JFTR…As per Christian theology, St Paul was converted from Judiasm to Christianity by the disembodied voice of Jesus.

Inca Yebail - The 4th profit.

Because people only see what they want to see. Some claim stigmata, but it’s always from the same point as the one they see presented in their copy of the crucifiction. Which vary from the palm to half way up the forearm.

joyster

Very few see either, but they will see/report what they want to see. Selective vision is very widespread.

Psyengine

They way people use the word ‘vision’ is a little wondrous; most western people think of it as a synonym for the word sight or sighting or mental imagery. The word ‘vision’ may also mean a passable way or an other master purpose for their life’s activity. All religions have their vision for which all purpose is centralized, the master purpose. In that sense for the word ‘vision’, comprehension and competence is more the determinant for receiving that kind of vision than simple image sense.

Graham P

Visions are like dreams they use the images we are familiar with.
Even if God exists, it would not be strange for God to use images, that have the most meaning to us. If God is a spirit (without form) any form would be as good as another.
I heard there were two parts of the brain that can be stimulated to have religious or spooky experiences.
If one area is stimulated you see “God” or the thing you worship most. Devoted Catholics usually see Mary and others might see their favourite sporting hero or pop star, if their religious centre is artificially stimulated.
The other area causes people to have a feeling of dread or being stalked or haunted by an invisible evil watcher.
It also causes a constricted feeling in the chest as if an invisible person is sitting on your chest.
Often people wake up feeling they have been raped in their sleep or there is an intruder or ghost in the room.
One Catholic artwork has a picture of small demon (imp) sitting on a woman’s chest while she sleeps.
The brain will make up what it does not see to fill in the picture. If your brain gets a message that someone is in the room but you see noone there you could assume an invisible ghost is there or make up an hulucination based on what you imagine an evil monster would look like.
A similar thing happens with schizophrenics who have thoughts going on in their heads but the part of their mind that tells them that the thought came from them is broken.
They have thoughts in their head that they don’t know are theirs.
If they are religious they may assume the thoughts are from God or demons. If they are more into science or politics they might think aliens or the CIA is controlling their thoughts.
When we get messages that are incomplete we make up the rest based on our background.
People who get a message from their brain that they are meeting God will make up the image from whatever culture they have, thus a Christain Protestent will often see Jesus and a Budhist will see an image like a statue of Budha.
How the real Budha or Jesus really looked, is likely irrelevant.

Fallen Angel

Coz you see what you want to see…
Have you noticed how when you buy or get something “new” you THEN notice everyone else has the same thing? When you’d never seen them before..
EG you get a new red car… and soon you seem to be spotting identical cars all over the place.
I got myself a Bichon Frise rescue pup… i had never seen a Bichon frise before…. now when I am out I seem to spot them and see them!
Its about where you channel of focus lays. Awareness of something makes you look for it and pay more attention when you see it.
Have you ever been on a mad manic hunt for a “lost” item… say your car keys… you look everywhere, turn the house upside down… you can’t find them… then someone else comes to hlep you look and spots the keys straightaway… where they were all along.. you just didn’t notice or see them.

sam

Both of them lived in different places with a vast difference in so many respects even though same continent (Asia) ; at different time and the condition prevailing up on were also different. Their conscious development were also different.
The great Lord Buddha was living in northern part of India more than 2550 years and Jesus was living in Jerusalem around 500 years later than Buddha. When Jesus returned to his place he was fully a realized soul and doing miracles treating many people and want to remove the corruption in that religious places and he never tried to form a religion on his own. The great Buddha was a prince and wanted to know reason / origin for all problems of humanbeings to over come the problems. Buddha under gone tremendous problems by doing meditation & introspection before finding the Truth as The Total Consciousness and the origin of all problems is desires.When the conscious developed and achieved moralization of all desires; it will remove all problems. He could not come to a conclusion about the existence of God / God concept clearly hence he was silent about God eventhough the Total Conscious itself is God. The God is Total Conscious was known even prior Buddha to great Tamil Saints only; in the southern part of India even brfore buddhism was originated. Now it has come to light that Tamil is language of Indus culture. one important thing; Buddha is a derived term from the word buddhi and buddhi means mind / knowledge / consciousness in Indian languages including Tamil & Pali language of Goudama( the orinal name of Buddha) in India. The christian God concepts & paths were laid down by the followers of Jesus not Jesus himself where as Buddhism paths were laid down by Buddha himself. So the differences are existings.

Dilan (Sony)

It is simple. Buddhist vision is,
All things which creates by a fact or facts are changing and destroying. So give up delaying and hurry to do only good.(Good means away from bad and the path to the freedom by attaining Nibbana-Enlightenment)
But the Christian and all other religion view is eternal life.
So how can this two paths can be same….
try this links to have good idea….
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17_TtOysQOA
http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/pbs2_unit08.htm

John

I was taught as a child to be a christian, But the first vision i ever had was of Buddha. This changed my life. Where was Christ?

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