Chapter 23
Breaking Down Barriers to Buddhism
In This Chapter
• Buddha and Jesus
• Reincarnation
• Meditation
• The joy of life
There are a number of common misunderstandings and misconceptions concerning Buddhism. Even as Buddhism has grown in popularity in the West, the likelihood of encountering one or more of these inaccurate ideas about the faith has remained high.
In this chapter, the facts behind some of the most common misunderstandings are addressed.

Myth #1: Buddhists worship Buddha as Christians worship Jesus.

Buddhism is sometimes described as being structured around a “savior” figure. The whole notion of a “savior” in Buddhism is problematic because of the word’s overlap with the theology of Christianity. It’s important to take ...

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