The Buddha is the Hard Savior

The Buddha

The Buddha was not really a savior at all, by his own description or that of any other knowledgeable observer, but it is still useful to think of him in such terms heuristically.

Use “savior” in the United States, where Christianity is the default religion and culturally hegemonic, and most people will assume you mean Jesus. According to official Christian doctrine, the omnipotent deity of Christian belief sent…

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