uddhism, based on the teachings of the Nepalese prince Siddartha Gautama, is the fourth-largest world religion and the fastest-growing religion among Western post-Christian people.

There are two main groups of Buddhism: Mahayana and Theravada. Buddhists believe that every good deed has a good result, and every evil deed has an evil result. This belief motivates them to do good deeds to get merit.

Some Buddhist Worldviews

  • Buddhism doesn’t have a supreme god or believe in a corrupt human nature; it’s a system for improving oneself.
  • Buddhists believe the Four Noble Truths:

Existence is dukkha (suffering and emptiness)

Dukkha is caused by cravings and desires

One can escape dukkha and the cycle of death and rebirth by achieving nirvana, a state of peace, perfection, and enlightenment

Nirvana is realized by following the Eightfold Path: right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration

Common Ground

Buddhists, like us:

  • Strive to live morally
  • Try to live in harmony with the world around them
  • Desire peace
  • Want to experience wellness of mind, body, and soul
  • Seek an experiential religion relevant to daily life
  • Care for the environment

Tips for Making Friends With Buddhists

  • Be a genuine, long-term friend
  • Invite them to activities with you and your Christian friends
  • Invite them to your small group where you pray and encourage each other
  • Offer to pray for God to bless them
  • Express how God is currently changing your life
  • Ask God to show them that He is real and cares for them