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did jesus become a holy man after meeting buddha’s in what is now called afghanistan ?

I have heard and read only from small samples that a buddhist civilisation existed in what is now called afghanistan. In the 1st century. In the bible it says about jesus going into the desert and coming back a holy man, many of the stories of jesus lend themselves very much to the ideals and answers buddhism provides.

I am looking for clarification, not for someone to tell me there point of view.

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  • The only time Jesu is recorded leaving Israel was for the time when his parents took him to Egypt to escape the death sentence from King Herod. After Herod died, God had the holy family come back to Israel and Jesus would have still been a youth. The other times after that when Jesus is said to go to the desert, it is in Israel since He never left it again.

  • You are correct in that Afganistan used to be mixed Hindu/Buddhist…But you are wrong in that Jesus went there….The accounts suggest that he either went to Tibet or India….

  • There are many stories about Jesus travelling to different parts of the world meeting Holy men of different cultures.

    As a boy he went to Glastonbury with his Uncle and was recognised by the Druids.

    The so called lost years were spent travelling in the east interacting with Buddhists and Hindus etc.

    Some believed he did not die on the cross and returned to Kashmir where there is a tomb revered by mystics generally.

    Clarification is more difficult and certainly not in the Bible. Such beliefs have been suppressed by force through the ages.

    Jesus states the different stages he went through until he declared My Father and I are One. Which to me means Jesus says he is God. Also in the Bible he states that we can become like him. He Loved every one the clean and the unclean he made no distinction and told us all to sin no more.
    When God speaks to you direct I doubt one could ignore his words.

    These things sit comfortably with Hinduism in my experience I am not sure with Buddhism

  • If Christians struggle to find clarification that Jesus as an historic figure even existed, I suspect that evidence for this particular theory will be somewhat lacking.

  • Could be!
    But the Taliban blew up the Afghan Buddhas cos they were an affront to Islam! Bush blew up the Taliban cos they were an affront to Bush!
    Let’s all hope this lunacy starts to end with Obama!

  • Close but it was Tibet. # Ancient scrolls reveal that Jesus spent seventeen years in India and Tibet
    # From age thirteen to age twenty-nine, he was both a student and teacher of Buddhist and Hindu holy men
    # The story of his journey from Jerusalem to Benares was recorded by Brahman historians
    # Today they still know him and love him as St. Issa. Their ‘buddha’

    After the “resurrection” Jesus and his wife Mary moved to Egypt where Sarah was born and together they started the Gnostic Church based on what he had learned in Tibet from Lama Sabachthani and in Britain from the druid sect called “the Eloi”.

    During the crucifixion he called out to his mentors
    “Eloi, Eloi, Lama Sabachthani”

  • Buddha was born after the first century.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautama_Buddha

    Siddhārtha Gautama (Sanskrit; Pali: Siddhattha Gotama) was a spiritual teacher from ancient India and the founder of Buddhism.[1] He is generally recognized by Buddhists as the Supreme Buddha (Sammāsambuddha) of our age. The time of his birth and death are uncertain: most early 20th-century historians date his lifetime from c. 563 BCE to 483 BCE; more recently, however, at a specialist symposium on this question,[2] the majority of those scholars who presented definite opinions gave dates within 20 years either side of 400 BCE for the Buddha’s death, with others supporting earlier or later dates.

  • Yes, that may be so, but the time span is not quite long enough.

    It is much more likely that Jesus spent well over a decade in the East somewhere. There are several books on the subject that are quite credible… The ones online are these: The Aquarian Gospel for some details on the story… and this one http://gospelenigma.com that highlights the eastern point of view that Jesus preached in the standard King James Bible.

    Yes, “take my Yoke” and “Sitting in sackcloth and ashes,” are very eastern… and is his preference for the ancient teacher-disciple relationship. The second resource above goes into great detail on that.

  • Wow. Apparently you can be reported for blasphemy now. That’s interesting…

    Anyway, I disagree. I think the principles of Jesus’ teachings were mainly derived from pagan sources rather than buddhist ones. The death and resurrection, the flesh eating and blood drinking rituals, the 12 disciples – all of these are ideas which derived from pagan sources pre-dating christianity. And buddhists are generally atheists anyway.

  • Actually, the Scriptures of the Old Testament AND the New Testament tell us that Jesus could not travel outside Israel during His earthly ministry, because the Gospel was meant to be brought to the Jewish people FIRST (see, for example, Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Matthew 15:24).

    However, church history indicates that Jesus’ Apostles traveled througout the world preaching the Gospel, once it was opened to Gentiles. Manuscripts indicate that the Apostle Thomas primarily traveled in the areas of Afganistan and India, so perhaps he’s the one mentioned in the legends to which you refer.

    EDIT: “Burning question,” please read Leviticus.

  • No He didn’t. When he went into the wilderness for forty days, he was met by Satan who offered him much in the way of temptation. He resisted, prayed & finally just told Satan to go away & leave him alone. His tenets came from the one GOD.

  • Philosophy from Eastern religions such as Buddhism along with Greek philosophy had become very prevalent in Judea in the late 1st century. This philosophy was very likely one of the major contributors to the writing of the first gospel as religious scholars sought to combine the new philisophical teachings of the region with the older state religion.

  • Doubtful

    Nothing Jesus ever said or did resembles tibetan buddhism in any way

    The story of Buddhism’s origin already proves this question wrong, so go find it

    Look up the story of siddartha, you”ll see it has nothing to do with Jesus, there is NO similies or connection in any way in either of their practices

    Its like comparing an oatmeal cookie to a banana, if you can find a connection somehow, I’d like to hear it

  • Have you read Lamb, by Christopher Moore?

    You might find the book…

    “enlightening”…?

    Get it? ENLIGHTENING?

    BWAH HAHAHAHAHA!

  • On the very slim chance that any of this is true, I’ll just point this out–Jesus wasn’t in the desert long enough to walk to Afghanistan, learn Buddhism, and walk back. At least if you accept the Biblical account.

  • lol someone called it blasphemy! I don’t think so, more or less Jesus was schooled by the gnostics which his mother was. there is speculation that his early life was spent being a scholar.

  • The clarification is in the lack of proof. You could say that he did, however, there’s no reason to even assume they ever met. It’s an interesting sort of speculation, but that’s all it is, speculation.

    The most reasonable answer to your question is “No”.

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