Uncanny similarities between the Teachings of Jesus Christ and the Teachings of Buddha Sakyamuni. Really they are not as geographically as far from each other as people often realize-
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The Aquarian Gospel, a new Hollywood movie set for 2009 based on Archaeological and Historical finds is going to cover the "Lost Years" of Jesus Christ's life. The time from when he was 12-30 years old, the bible does not say anything about him or what he did during those years. Now modern Archaeologists are determining that Jesus went to the East during those years, to India and Tibet. He even had people coming to him from the east when he was born, the 3 wise men came a long ways to see him when he was born
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Heh, wouldn't that be a surprise if the first hard historical proof of Jesus came from India"I have seen the scrolls which show Buddhist monks talking about Jesus's visits. There are also coins from that period which show Yuzu or have the legend Issa on them, referring to Jesus from that period," said Fida Hassnain, former director of archaeology at the University of Srinagar.
Hassnain, who has written books on the legend of Jesus in India, points out that there was extensive traffic between the Mediterranean and India around the time of Jesus's life. The academic pointed out that in Srinagar a tomb of Issa is still venerated. "It is the Catholic church which has closed its mind on the subject. Historians have not."
From Elaine Paegels, famous academic and scholar-
What is the connection between Buddhism and Christianity do you think? Many scholars agree that it is likely that the influence of Compassion and Unselfish Love in Jesus Christ's teachings must have come from somewhere and have theological precedents from somewhere, and influence from Buddhism is possible. All Coincidence? Did Jesus go to India or Tibet during his "Lost Years"? Was it because he was an Essene monk and they had connections to the east? Was it the 3 wise men who came to him? Did the influence come later with exposure to Buddhist teachings by perhaps Thomas Christians?Jesus said, "I am not your master. Because you have drunk, you have become drunk from the bubbling stream which I have measured out.... He who will drink from my mouth will become as I am: I myself shall become he, and the things that are hidden will be revealed to him."
Does not such teaching--the identity of the divine and human. the concern with illusion and enlightenment, the founder who is presented not as Lord, but as spiritual guide sound more Eastern than Western? Some scholars have suggested that if the names were changed, the "living Buddha" appropriately could say what the Gospel of Thomas attributes to the living Jesus. Could Hindu or Buddhist tradition have influenced gnosticism?
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The British scholar of Buddhism, Edward Conze, suggests that it had. He points out that "Buddhists were in contact with the Thomas Christians (that is, Christians who knew and used such writings as the Gospel of Thomas) in South India." Trade routes between the Greco-Roman world and the Far East were opening up at the time when gnosticism flourished (A.D. 80-200); for generations, Buddhist missionaries had been proselytizing in Alexandria
Actually I would say it is not solely any one of those things....I will disclose a little bit of what I know through one piece of evidence-
Other evidence tells us that Jesus taught the initiatic mysteries, the science of immortality, like the great Eastern mystics. In 1958 at a Greek Orthodox monastery in the Judaean desert, Morton Smith discovered a letter written in A.D. 200 by Clement of Alexandria. The letter speaks of a secret gospel of Mark, a more spiritual gospel, Clement writes ... read only to those who are being initiated into the great mysteries. This intriguing letter, written long before Eusebius, speaks of a secret mystical tradition without nationalistic borders. That Jesus taught and participated in this tradition is more than likely. So doing, he, in all likelihood, was no slave to regional agendas, rising beyond symbols of relative good and evil, Jew and Gentile, while fiercely opposed to spiritual evil embodied in corrupt priests.