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There is a distinct difference between Buddhism and Christianity in the way they are set up from a hierachy structure. Christianity has a very small group that practice deeply, the monks, then it has a much larger group of priest hierachy that don't practice much but provide the interaction with the laity for ceremonial purposes (births, deaths, marriages, baptisms, etc) and regular weekly contact and advice purposes. Then there is the laity themselves who have no contact with monks but a great deal of contact with the priests. It is the priests that have all the power, position and say in the Christian religion. The monastics are powerless and mute as the laity do not hear from them at all. In this 3 tier hierachy, the ones that practice the most are not heard from.
Originally Posted by HumbleThinker
This bizarre hierachy was what led me as a Chrisitan to become a Buddhist. I had to find a way of practice that would make me a better Christian and because there was none specified by the Christian priesthood, I started reading and practicing myself. When I realised that meditation is the way forward, I investigated and did my research online. Of course, the Buddhist monks are the great meditation practitioners so I came across Buddhism and started reading about it. It took a few months from when I first came across it to understand what it was about and to begin to realise how powerful it was. Once I got it, I realised that this is what I was looking for all along so I became Buddhist.
And that I think it the distinction between the 2 practicing parts of the religion, the Buddhist monks and the Christian monks. The Buddhist monks have a crearly laid out "manifesto" of practice as it were. The Christian monks do not, so their practice is not well understood either by the laity or the monks themselves. And this I think is why there is this great difference in the structure of the religions with the great emphasis on the monastics in Buddhism and the great emphasis on the priesthood in Christianity.