The Scientology Comparative Theology Page
| Scientology's Relationship With
Eastern Religious Traditions,
Stephen Kent, 1991. Journal of Contemporary Religion, Volume
11, No.1, p.21
"...careful examination of Hubbard's claims indicates that he had
only a superficial acquaintance with Eastern religions, and most of
his attempts to associate Scientology with these faiths are
unwarranted. Moreover, social and political pressures against his
organisation's alleged healing practices probably provided the catalyst
for Hubbard's attempt to portray his creation as a religion with Eastern
Scientology and Buddhism
In asserting that Scientology is a religion, Hubbard most often
compared Scientology to Buddhism.
In his "Minister's Course", Hubbard mistakenly asserts that
philosophy and religion are the same thing, and the "applied religious
philosophy" recruiting phrase repeats this mistake.
While Buddhism and Scientology may appear to be similar philosophies,
the similarities are superficial [Kent, 1991].
As a teenager, Hubbard travelled to the Orient [ Miller ], which
provided grist for a storyteller's later claims.
As Hubbard's references to Buddhism are tallied, it becomes clear
that Hubbard understanding was superficial.
While Buddhism is differs from Scientology in many ways, the most
glaring difference is Scientology's emphasis on the accumulation
of wealth and power through auditing by Hubbard's programmed steps.
Buddhism teaches that worldly goods are a trap and that
enlightenment comes from within.
Hubbard Maligns Buddhism
Hubbard on Buddha
"Everywhere you are
I can be addressed
But in your temples best
Address me and you address
And you then address
- Hubbard believed himself to be the reincarnation of Buddha.
- One of Hubbard's Magick affirmations is: "All men shall be
my slaves! All women shall succumb to my charms! All mankind shall
grovel at my feet and not know why!", Messiah or Madman?,
Corydon, p. 53
Hubbard on Buddha's Spiritual Authority
"Neither Lord Buddha nor Jesus Christ were OTs according to
evidence. They were just a shade above clear". Certainty
magazine, Vol 5 #10.
- OTs are Scientology's highest spiritual level, and Clears are at
the next lower rung. Scientology "technology" transforms people into
Clears by the tens of thousands, all of whom are spiritual equals to
Jesus Christ, whom Christians hold to be God incarnate on Earth. Thus,
Scientology claims to be able to create God.
- While I must admit a lack of understanding with respect to
Buddhism, the implication that Scientology produces hundreds of
Buddha every year is extraordinary. If there are Buddhists
who would like to explain Hubbard's statement on Buddha in the context
of their religion, I'd be happy to put it here.