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  1. I can say it very conditionally from the point of view of psychology – Buddhism is built on pure independence, self-sufficiency and independence. Most other religions, the main “world” ones, use the idea of the existence of God as the basis and, as a consequence, of God's grace, only through which one can be “saved”.

    In Buddhism, everything is very adult – salvation from suffering is a personal matter for everyone, no God will make these efforts for you. On the other hand, it is the same in Christianity, for example – personal will and spiritual practice are recognized as an indispensable factor, but in the context of “earning” the grace of God.�

    For a Buddhist, again, no such “mercy” is seen as something likely and meaningful, it is enough that the Buddha graciously left his teachings and instructions for everyone to follow.

  2. Buddhism wasn't originally a religion, and it wasn't meant to be. The boy Shakyamuni, aka Buddha, did not seek to bring the deity into this world. People did it for him, trying to create an alternative to other religions. Shakyamuni created a set of rules, a set of motivations for how to succeed. Among these rules is human development.

    Orthodoxy, Islam is essentially a religion in which God acts as an egoist who promises good things after death. Not in one of these religions there is no encouragement for development, knowledge. There is only-behave yourself and die. Orthodoxy and Islam are a utopia that has given people what they want – eternal life and wealth. But people do not understand that where there is a lot of gold, it will not cost anything. Where there is immortality, the value of life disappears. Therefore, if you choose religions, then Buddhism is closer, since there is a development of the mind, the goal is to live this life, leaving behind values in various forms (science, discovery, love, strength of spirit, etc.).

    Therefore, religious fanatics (Orthodoxy and Islam) I call them hypocrites. They don't even understand the fact that their God requires them to go through an initiation process to prove their loyalty. In Islam, it is generally necessary to pass it twice. How you convert to Islam and when you die, so that before you die you can once again confirm to Allah that you believe. And only then can you be buried according to the rules of Islam.

    Here on Zen I gave a full explanation of religion. https://zen.yandex.ru/media/id/5f17e9914ae7696ab8863246/esli-veruesh-to-znai-osnovy-prejde-chem-mahat-kulakami-5f351438424002443f01889c

  3. In many religions, the goal is to approach the will of the higher mind, communicated to a person from the outside. These are some fixed concepts that describe patterns of behavior. Books, sermons, and prophecies. That is, someone tells a person how to do the right thing in order to bring their will closer to the plan of the higher mind. Some religions also show external entities that lead a person astray from the right path. That is, a person is represented as a boat with a sail, which is constantly blown by any external winds. And a person needs to sort of set a sail to the right wind in order to go somewhere in the right place.

    In Buddhism, the goal is to unlock the inner freedom, the potential of the mind that has always been there. That is, every person carries happiness inside, but it is closed by illusions, inadequate perception of the world. The goal of the Buddhist is to reveal the knowledge of reality as it is, not distorted by illusions caused by the mind's attachment to material phenomena. Simply put, the mind is a mirror in which reality is reflected, and it needs to be cleaned so that everything is clearly visible, so that unpleasant muddy images do not arise. Therefore, the effectiveness of concepts, words, and texts as links in the causal processes of the material world is limited in Buddhism. Words in Buddhism may be useful, but they are not absolute. The ultimate freedom of the mind is found with the rejection of all words and concepts. In another religion, if you live by the book all your life, then you will achieve the desired result with a guarantee. In Buddhism, no one from outside can reveal the freedom of the mind if the mind itself is not ready for it. You can spend your entire life following the 350 vows of a monk, but no one promises that this will lead to the desired result. You can get 99 steps closer to your goal in five minutes, and then take the last necessary step for another million years. If the human being is again compared to a boat, then the Buddhist should remove all his sails so that no external winds push the boat. This does not mean that a person ceases to be, stops. This means that the boat becomes one with the water, with the winds, with the whole world. It is no longer possible to say whether the current carries the boat or the boat creates the current, the wind pushes the boat or the boat creates the wind. And thus the disharmony of the inner and outer is resolved. In Buddhism, all sentient beings are potential Buddhas, and no matter how long and in whatever worlds they travel, they will eventually become free Buddhas.

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