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Cioccolanti relates several stories concerning the life of the Buddha or which supposedly illustrate aspects of Buddhist doctrine.

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From Buddha to Jesus: An Insider's View of Buddhism and Christianity by Steve Cioccolanti

Again, none of these stories are from the Tipitaka or even from the ancient commentaries and I have never heard of any of them before. If I were to relate all the misunderstandings of the Gospel the Catholics, the Mormons, the Jehovah Witnesses, the Prosperity Gospel, etc and all the scandals that plague evangelical and Pentecostal churches as examples of Christian belief and practice, Cioccolanti would be incensed, and he would have a right to be.

But this is exactly the approach he takes to Buddhism. Both these teachings are well-known and often feature in popular literature on Buddhism. But it's obvious that Cioccolanti's has never read any of the numerous popular books that contain these teachings, let alone the original. It looks like his only familiarity with them is a confused, third-hand, folk retelling of them. He devotes a whole chapter p. Unfortunately, his ignorance of the original invalidates all these points.

The Buddha mentions three types of individuals, not four, and the purpose of the comparison is to highlight the Buddha's compassion in teaching the Dhamma even though most beings have 'much dust in their eyes', not to analyze different psychological types.

Let those who can hear respond with faith' Majjhima Nikaya,I, The famous Parable of the Blind Turtle is of course used to illustrate the idea that human birth is a rare and precious opportunity. Cioccolanti's skewed version of it leads him to think that its moral is 'it's impossible to save yourself from your own sins by trying to keep good rules' p. While this is a sad fact, it is probably understandable given that most people in Buddhist countries were simple rice farmers until recently and many still are.

Cioccolanti on the other hand, is a literate, well-educated person who is claiming to have written 'an insider's' account of Buddhism and yet his knowledge of the Buddhist scriptures is abysmal. He claims to have spent 'countless hours…pouring over Buddhist scriptures and translating them' p. On page 40 there is a picture of a banyan tree which is incorrectly labeled as a Bodhi tree.

The two trees are of course different species, the former being Ficus bengalensis and the later Ficus religiosa and the latter is special to Buddhists, not the former. If the Buddha died in BC p.


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Mahayana did not emerge 'in China in the 2nd century', it began in India in the 1st century BC p. Buddhism did not arrive in Tibet in the 4th century p.

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Once again, I cannot list all of these errors because there too many; a random selection will do. Cioccolanti has little idea because he has never read the scriptures. How many does Cioccolanti want?


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And had he wanted to find out the truth of this matter he could have easily done so. A full set of the Thai Tipitaka can be found in every temple in Thailand and each of the several Thai temples in Melbourne where Cioccolanti lives also has a set.

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All he had to do was look at the Royal Thai Edition, Vol. The Tipitaka contains 32 books, not 45 p. This is equivalent to confusing the one volume of the Bible with all the books it contains. The Abhidhamma does not attempt 'to explain, reword and reorganize' stories p. Every informed Buddhist knows that the third of the ten Fetters is the false belief that performing rituals or following moral rules sila vata paramasa will lead to enlightenment Anguttara Nikaya,III, The whole thrust of the Buddha's teachings is that we are liberated by wisdom, not by adhering to rules.

Buddhism teaches no such thing.

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The Buddha says that following the first Precept means that one 'abstains from killing, lays aside the stick and the sword and lives with care, kindness and compassion for all living creatures' Digha Nikaya,I,4. Surely care, kindness and compassion are psychological states, inner qualities, not 'of the flesh. You're done for…This is according to the Buddha, not Jesus' p.

It's according to Steve Cioccolanti, not the Buddha. Here we see Cioccolanti confusion of heaven with Nirvana and his ignorance of enlightened saints arahats. And in contrast to Christianity, Buddhism says that any virtuous person can go to heaven. Even when Cioccolanti diverts his attention from Buddhism to his own field, Christianity, he shows himself as not particularly well-informed.

He quotes what he says are 'the last words of Jesus' p. My Bible, the New International Version, , must be different from the one he reads because it gives Jesus' last words at Matthew 27,46; Mark 15,37; Luke 23,46 and John 19,30, and they are different from the ones he quotes. He says that Martin Luther protested against 'the idea that the Pope was infallible' p.


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  4. Cioccolanti says, 'Unlike the Bible, the Tipitaka has undergone many major revisions' p. He must have also failed to notice that quite a few verses have been deleted from the text of the Bible, e. He says that 'no one is sinless except Jesus' p. When someone called him 'good teacher' he replied, 'Why do you call me good?

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    Help Centre. My Wishlist Sign In Join. Be the first to write a review. Add to Wishlist. Ships in 15 business days. Link Either by signing into your account or linking your membership details before your order is placed. Buddhism is not a way of harmony and cosmic unity, as Westerners tend to think. Although Buddhism is a rapidly rising religion in the West, few Westerners know what Buddhism is like from the inside.

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