An Introduction to the Baha'i Faith for the Followers of Buddha



Triple Jewel of the Kingdom of God

When Guatama Siddhartha (aka Buddha) made His appearance in the mid-sixth century B.C., He began teaching about the attainment of "enlightenment," specifically through the art of meditation.

The essence of Buddha's teachings is the four-fold noble truth and the eight-fold noble path.

The four-fold noble truth can be summarized as follows:

1. In this world there is suffering. (Dukkha)
2. The cause of suffering is desire. (Samudaya)
3. There is liberation from suffering. (Nirodha)
4. The cause of the cessation of suffering is adherence to the eight-fold noble path. (Magga)

The eight-fold noble path is as follows:

1. Right Understanding. 2. Right Thought. 3. Right Speech. 4. Right Action
5. Right Livelihood. 6. Right Effort 7. Right Mindfulness. 8. Right Concentration.

Through obedience to the four-fold truth and the eight-fold path a person can become enlightened. Buddha also prescribed His followers to achieve Sangha (self-understanding) and to practice true Dharma (right conduct, duty, and virtue).

Furthermore, Buddha made a Covenant, that his devotees should strive to attain Nirvana (man made in the spiritual image of God). He repudiated the corruption of the Brahmins (Hindu clergy class). He emphasized a necessity to focus upon God (Amida, the One Absolute) and He prophesied of the coming of future enlightened Buddha's (Manifestations of God, like Himself).

While Buddha was alive He gave many disertations. These were memorized and written down by His chief disciple and establisher, whose name was Anonda. Anonda recorded many of Buddhas teachings in scripts, called "Sutras," most of which can be found in the Tripitakas (3 Baskets).

Explicit prophecies for the coming of Buddha can be found in the Vedas, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Bhagavad Gita and the Purana. Likewise, Buddha prophecied, making reference to enlightened teachers who would appear after Him. These teachers include Jesus Christ, Mohammad, the Bab, Baha'u'llah and Dr. Leland Jensen.

Dr. Leland Jensen (1914-1996) fulfilled all of the Buddhist prophecies for the appearance of the Bodhisatva called, "Maitreya." He is the establisher of the Baha'i Faith as well as the teacher and mentor of this sites Webmaster. For more information about Dr. Jensen, including explanations on how he meets the criteria for being Maitreya, you can E-mail us.

But there is a more important Buddha who has come--Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i Faith. Baha'u'llah fulfilled the prophecies for the appearance of the fifth Buddha, Who is called, "Amit Abha," meaning, "Infinite Glory."

Buddhist friends, it is my honor to give to you this gift, a transcribe of the Maitreya teaching the proofs for Amit Abha. I am an American. I live in Alaska. And America, as well as a third of the world, is predominately Christian, so you will be seeing a myriad of proofs for Baha'u'llah's Manifestation using primarily the Old and New Testaments. Nevertheless, the truth shall enlighten you, whatever the source may be!

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