Wicca and buddhism are much alike

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Wicca and buddhism are much alike

Postby Cianna200 » Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:10 pm

Similarities between wicca and Buddhism:

Emphasis on life: Buddhism: All life is sacred and all living beings are worthy of respect
Wicca: Life is divine and must be revered.

Important rules of living: Buddhism: Purify yourself and practice compassion and nonviolence
Wicca: Bide the law in perfect love and perfect trust, do as you will but harm no one

Goal of this religion: Buddhism: Enlightenment
Wicca: Spiritual growth/enlightenment

Spirits in this religion: Buddhism: Various spirits, but do Buddhists believe in many gods or a supreme being?
Wicca: Nature spirits, Gods and goddesses, spirit guides

Spiritual practices? Buddhism: Meditation is one but what else? :?:
Wicca: Meditation, magic, dreamwork, ritual

Spirituality and religion: Buddhism: More spiritual as Buddhism promotes purity, compassion and the ending to suffering
Wicca: More spiritual as wicca encourages it's followers to seek the light within while avoiding harming others

Life after death: Buddhism: Afterlife?/reincarnation
Wicca: The Summerland/reincarnation

Salvation: Buddhism: We need to prevent rebirth
Wicca: We don't need saving
Hell/punishment
Buddhism: Several hells/karma
Wicca: Majority of wiccans don't believe in hell/karma

How can we escape rebirth? Buddhism: Following the eight fold path, the four noble truths and purification of ignorance(Nirvana is reached and there
is no more death but the soul becomes extinct

Wicca: By getting rid of bad karma, learning the lessons of life, and having perfected one's soul,
the soul has eternal life and stays forever in the Summerland and may merge with the
''Divine Source'' (Some wiccans believe the cycle of life, death and rebirth is a
never ending process)

What do the names mean? Buddhism: Buddha means ''awakened one''
Wicca: Wicca/witch means ''wise one"


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Re: Wicca and buddhism are much alike

Postby Coyote » Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:45 pm

I read a lot about Wicca as a teen, even considered joining a coven at one point. The similarities seem to be mostly due to borrowing of eastern religion, especially the afterlife aspects. Apart from that, I find much more in common with Christianity. But maybe that is just my background. Nevertheless, I am glad that there is much in common between us. Nearly all religions at least contain elements that are driven by the same desire for freedom from suffering as Buddhists.
As for your question on supreme being - at least from a Theravada POV, any deities are subject to the laws of kamma and cannot have created the world.
Spiritual practices can include chanting, prayers, pilgrimage, puja (worship), meditation, reverence to monks and Buddha-images, and much more.
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Re: Wicca and buddhism are much alike

Postby waterchan » Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:51 pm

Just a few clarifications,

Cianna200 wrote:Goal of this religion: Buddhism: Enlightenment
Wicca: Spiritual growth/enlightenment

In Theravada, which is the tradition of interest in this forum, enlightenment is just a fancy and convenient English word we use to mean freedom from unwholesome desires.

Cianna200 wrote:Spirits in this religion: Buddhism: Various spirits, but do Buddhists believe in many gods or a supreme being?
Wicca: Nature spirits, Gods and goddesses, spirit guides

Doctrinally there are various types of supernatural beings, but they are largely irrelevant to our practice, and we neither worship them nor look upon them in awe. In fact, a partially enlightened human being would be considered far superior to any of them.

Cianna200 wrote:Spiritual practices? Buddhism: Meditation is one but what else? :?:
Wicca: Meditation, magic, dreamwork, ritual

The Eightfold Path sums up the entirety of our spiritual practice.

Cianna200 wrote:Life after death: Buddhism: Afterlife?/reincarnation
Wicca: The Summerland/reincarnation

In Buddhism, rebirth is an impersonal process devoid of any soul or personal essence.

Cianna200 wrote:Salvation: Buddhism: We need to prevent rebirth
Wicca: We don't need saving

We practice with the goal of letting go of unwholesome desire. The end of rebirth is a side-effect of letting go of unwholesome desire.

Cianna200 wrote:How can we escape rebirth? Buddhism: Following the eight fold path, the four noble truths and purification of ignorance(Nirvana is reached and there
is no more death but the soul becomes extinct

Almost, but rebirth in Buddhism is impersonal and there is no soul to be extinguished.

Cianna200 wrote: Happy blessings ;)

Same to you :smile:
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Re: Wicca and buddhism are much alike

Postby Spiny Norman » Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:46 pm

Cianna200 wrote:How can we escape rebirth? Wicca: By getting rid of bad karma, learning the lessons of life, and having perfected one's soul,
the soul has eternal life and stays forever in the Summerland and may merge with the
''Divine Source'' (Some wiccans believe the cycle of life, death and rebirth is a
never ending process)



That sounds very reminiscent of Hinduism.
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