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Buddha

Buddha also established a new religion, and Confucius renewed morals and ancient virtues, but their institutions have been entirely destroyed. The beliefs and rites of the Buddhists and Confucianists have not continued in accordance with their fundamental teachings. The founder of Buddhism was a wonderful soul. He established the Oneness of God, but later the original principles of His doctrines gradually disappeared, and ignorant customs and ceremonials arose and increased until they finally ended in the worship of statues and images … So it is with religions; through the passing of time they change from their original foundation, the truth of the Religion of God entirely departs, and the spirit of it does not stay; heresies appear, and it becomes a body without a soul. That is why it is renewed. The meaning is that the Buddhists and Confucianists now worship images and statues. They are entirely heedless of the Oneness of God and believe in imaginary gods like the ancient Greeks. But in the beginning it was not so; there were different principles and other ordinances.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 165-166)


Buddha had disciples and he wished to send them out into the world to teach, so he asked them questions to see if they were prepared as he would have them be. “When you go to the East and to the West,” said the Buddha, “and the people shut their doors to you and refuse to speak to you, what will you do?”—The disciples answered and said; “We shall be very thankful that they do us no harm.”—“Then if they do you harm and mock, what will you do?”—‘We shall be very thankful that they do not give us worse treatment.”—“If they throw you into prison?”—‘We shall still be grateful that they do not kill us.”—“What if they were to kill you?” the Master asked for the last time. “Still,” answered the disciples, “we will be thankful, for they cause us to be martyrs. What more glorious fate is there than this, to die for the glory of God?” And the Buddha said: ‘Well done!” The teaching of Buddha was like a young and beautiful child, and now it has become as an old and decrepit man. Like the aged man it cannot see, it cannot hear, it cannot remember anything.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 63-64)


He alone is meant by the prophecy attributed to Gautama Buddha Himself, that “a Buddha named Maitreye, the Buddha of universal fellowship” should, in the fullness of time, arise and reveal “His boundless glory.” To Him the Bhagavad- Gita of the Hindus had referred as the “Most Great Spirit,” the “Tenth Avatar,” the “Immaculate Manifestation of Krishna.”
(Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, p. 94-95)


The Buddha was a Manifestation of God, like Christ, but His followers do not possess His authentic writings.
(Shoghi Effendi, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 21)


The real teaching of Buddha is the same as the teaching of Jesus Christ. The teachings of all the Prophets are the same in character. Now men have changed the teaching. If you look at the present practice of the Buddhist religion, you will see that there is little of the Reality left. Many worship idols although their teaching forbids it.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 63-64)


There are a very few references made to Buddha, which you have evidently seen. In “God Passes By” you will find that Bahá’u’lláh is the return of the Fifth Buddha, etc., and this is all the information the Guardian has, on this subject of Bahá’u’lláh’s fulfilling Buddhistic prophecies, at present.
(Shoghi Effendi, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 21)


There are prophecies concerning this Manifestation in the Buddhistic books, but they are in symbols and metaphors, and some spiritual conditions are mentioned therein, but the leaders of religion do not understand. They think these prophecies are material things; yet those signs are foreshadowing spiritual occurrences.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas", vol. 3, p. 565)


Thou hast written regarding Buddha and Confucius. Buddha was an illustrious personage. Confucius became the cause of civilization, advancement and prosperity for the people of China. Now it is not the time when we discuss concerning the stations and positions of those who are passed away. We must concentrate our attention upon the present. What hath transpired in a former time is past. Now is the time when we restrict our discussion to the Most Great Luminary of Peace and Salvation in this Age, to talk of the Blessed Perfection [Bahá’u’lláh] and to voice His exhortations, behests and teachings. Buddha and Confucius were kings in bygone ages who have disappeared. Their sovereignty in this world is ended and their cycle is completed. Now the Throne of the Kingdom of ABHA is established and the Blessed Perfection is sitting upon the Throne of Grandeur. We must raise this Call, promulgate the Word of God and live in accord with the teachings and advices of the Beauty of ABHA.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Abbas", vol. 2, p. 469-70)