Buddhist Spirituality in the West and ChristianityA comparative consideration based on the example of the Buddhist Centre for the Practice of Mindfulness and Meditation, or ?Intersein?, and the Christian Meditation Centre, or ?Haus der Stille?Buddhism knows no personal God, and is a religion based not on faith but on perception. Buddhism has been found in the West since the beginning of the twentieth century. One of the best-known and most influential present-day personalities is the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. He is the spiritual father of the Buddhist Intersein centre, 50 km north of Passau in Germany. At the centre, meditation and mindfulness are taught, cultivated and practiced. The Christian Meditation Centre, or ?Haus der Stille?, 20 km south of Graz, functions in accordance with Franciscan spirituality, with a focus on meditation. The medium is Jesus Christ and the message He brought from the Kingdom of God. As a pilgrimage route, St. Mark?s Way complies with the Christian mission to ?love thy neighbour? in a similar way to the path of encouragement. The major difference between Buddhism and Christianity lies in the image of God offered. For Christians, God is the origin and creator of Heaven and Earth. As the son of God, Jesus brought this message to the world in his word and deed. In Buddhism, it is the spirit of love that lends human beings their life force and liberates them from the imprisonment of suffering. The original experience of being is made possible by meditation. The person practicing meditation can achieve an optimal state for doing this by means of mindful modification of their breathing. The Second Vatican Council called for dialogue with non-Christian confessions, as all peoples have the same origin and their purpose in God. The practice of mindfulness serves to positively change consciousness in a way that is to the good of humanity (ethics). Differing opinions and experiences complete the work.