Could Jesus of Nazareth have encountered Buddhism in his formative years?

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by Anthony M:

Answer by Godiva
he could have i guess beacuse Buddhism started around 537 B.C. which is about 500 yrs before christ was born.

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  1. Who knows? There is scant evidence of an historical ‘jesus’. There is absolutely NO CREDIBLE evidence of a ‘divine jesus’. My guess is that the biblical ‘jesus’ is a fiction that is based on one or more rabbis.

  2. Yes he could have. I believe he did, because many of his teachings are about rising above duality and that which is impermanent.

  3. It is said that Jesus went to Tibet during the time ( 7 years, if I remember it right) when there is no record of his whereabouts.
    However, since there is no record, and people have all kinds of guesses, his being to Tibet may not be true…although some found some evidences. Things can be coincidental…. Who knows… Since Jesus is a public figure, there would be a lot of guessing, gossips, etc….. just like tabloid……That’s why I have never wanted to be famous, hahahhaha

  4. OF COURSE — He spent a lot of time at a Buddhist Temple in Egypt during his travels down the silk road. ALL of his best quotes come from the Buddha as do all Christian customs like rosary, monasteries etc.
    PS: Some even say he spent his “lost years” in India and I’m referring to important scholars. See Youtube for docs on this

  5. B- O Let us live in joy, free of hatred, among the spiteful; among the spiteful let us live without hatred.
    J- I am telling you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
    B- Whoever counters the malicious with malice can never be free, but one who feels no maliciousness pacifies those who hate. Hate brings misery to humanity so the wise man knows no hatred.
    J- If someone slaps you on the cheek, offer your other cheek as well.
    B- No matter what one does, whether one’s deeds serve virtue or vice, nothing lacks importance. All actions bear a kind of fruit.
    J- Are figs gathered from thorns, or grapes from thistles? Every tree is known by its fruit.
    B- Whosoever has heard the law of virtue and vice is as one who has eyes and carries a lamp, seeing everything and will become completely wise.
    J- The lamp of the body is the eye. If you eye is good your whole body will be full of light.
    B- In this world the wise one holds onto confidence and wisdom. Those are the greatest treasures; all other riches are pushed aside
    J-Seek after the treasure which does not perish, which endures in the place where no moth comes near to devour, and no worm ravages.
    — Words attributed to the Buddha and Jesus

  6. Since Jesus was God, and God knows Buddha the answer is yes.
    The teachings of Jesus and Buddha are quite similar.
    There is also speculation that Jesus traveled with Joseph of Armiethea (who was a merchant) and encountered Buddhism in his travels, (during the “silent years” – years of Jesus’ life not addressed in the Gospels) or perhaps just heard of them through Joseph who was a close family friend.
    The two philosophies share many common ideas. How they came to be that way is a matter of research and faith.

  7. Why believe he encountered Buddhism? Some try to make him a Buddhist, but maybe ‘Moses’ did, since Jesus in the NT said almost nothing original. A lot of what some writers claim he said, were meant as teachings from or direct quotes of “old testament” writings. Or gnostic alterations of that text along with gnostic writings more directly influenced by Greek philosophers such as Plato, the Cynics, and Stoics.

  8. Some people believe Jesus travelled to India etc then came back and taught what he had learnt.
    Jesus teachings are very like Buddhist teachings.
    So I would say he definitely had contact with Buddhists and Hindus.

  9. No, no relationship between the two except both are in essence pro-contemplation and peace.
    Buddha claimed to be enlightened.
    Many claimed to have witnessed Jesus rose from the dead.
    Christianity is the only religion based not a person’s own claims but on others claim about Him.

  10. If you look at a couple of things that the Jesus taught, they’re pretty similar to what the Buddha taught.
    First, regarding the 10 commandments, it’s like the 10 silas (rules of disciplines) for lay people or Samanera (A Novice Monk) in Buddhism. The main difference between the 10 commandments and 10 silas is that in Christianity, Christians are prohibited or told to obey the 10 commandments no matter what. Whereas in Buddhism, people are encouraged to avoid or to practice what is wholesome. So, in other words, Buddhists are told to avoid what’s not wholesome (it’s not a prohibition) because if one commits any of that, one will make him or herself miserable. So, for his or her goodness sake, he or she is advised to avoid not to do unwholesome deeds.
    Second, the mala beads or the prayer beads. They actually come from Indian tradition. There’s no single record of the use of prayer beads before the age of Jesus Christ.
    Third, before the age of Jesus Christ, there’s no record at all of what is meditation or how to do meditation or people who do meditation (Correct me if I’m mistaken. But as far as I know, I don’t think there’s any of that before the age of Jesus Christ).
    Fourth, the facts that Jesus Christ can multiply food (breads, etc.), walk on water, etc. are, with all due respect, nothing special if one looks at the perspective of Buddhists. Those kinds of supernormal abilities are just results of meditation absorption. In other words, anyone who engages in meditation and goes into meditation absorption can develop those kinds of power. So, nothing special about it.
    Anyway, there’re a couple of documentary series that have been broadcast by a couple of multinational medias like BBC, Discovery Channel about some anthropologists who have actually done some research about this. You could google it or search it on youtube. See it for yourself.
    So, Good Luck! =)

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