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Did Jesus study Buddhism?

Updated on April 29, 2015

The first we read about Jesus was the impending birth, the birth in a manger, the flight to Egypt and finally, the genius child of twelve who amazed the scholars of His day. Before that, there is nothing written until He shows up at age 30 performing miracles, gathering His disciples and teaching the locals about the kingdom of God. Along the way he had a few run-ins with the Pharisees and He made it perfectly clear how he felt about them.... more than once he called them hypocrites. He didn't like them.

If one were to look closely at the teachings of Jesus, he wasn't teaching the Torah, the typical Jewish Holy Book. He taught, love, forgiveness, acceptance, patience, endurance, He meditated, he prayed, he didn't teach in a synagogue or temple.....Jesus wasn't a Pharisee or of the Rabbinical line. The first time the word Rabbi is written in any text is in the New Testament and it refers to Jesus. .

In India, there is a tomb which claims a Jew from Israel is buried. His name is Essa and footprints which are purported to be His show feet on which a scar is shown on both feet as if the man had been crucified.

Did Jesus survive the Crucifixion? Did He travel to India? Did He die there?

Whether or not Jesus died on the cross, or survived an excruciating death isn't what is important. What is important is the lessons He taught, the life He lived, the example He set for us to follow. Whether Jesus was a Jew or a Buddhist is irrelevant....because . if we spend our time arguing the pont, we have missed the point. He was the Word.......the last Word.

But for 18 years, Jesus is not to be heard from or seen.

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    • huttriver0 profile image

      huttriver0 

      3 years ago from lower hutt

      I have to get used to it again too.

    • Jane Err profile imageAUTHOR

      Jane Err 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Hutt....Keishialeelouis made some interesting points. I just saw her response. Sometimes the notifications get lost in the mix. There's a lot to get used to on this site.

    • huttriver0 profile image

      huttriver0 

      3 years ago from lower hutt

      He proved his existence,didn't he? Interesting post Jane.

    • keishialeelouis profile image

      Keishia Lee Louis 

      3 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Jane, thanks for writing this Hub. It looks like you have been studying Jesus for quite a while. You are right that we must look at what He taught. Love, forgiveness, and humility. However, He also taught many things that did not rub people the right way, and this is why He was nailed to the cross. There are historical inferences outside of the Bible that affirm this. I would say that how we look at the Resurrection is very important because it affirms His deity and our need for hope in something beyond ourselves. We all make mistakes. We can keep any law even Buddhist, Hindu or Muslim law perfectly. That's why firmly believe Jesus was not looking for religious followers but rather people who are honestly looking for a relationship with Him. John 2:19 quotes Jesus as saying "Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days." Of course, He was talking about His body. The Torah repeatedly speaks of the Resurrection, and the Messiah, and most importantly of a loving God--but the religious people missed the boat (and are still missing it) because they did not/do not seek a true relationship with their Creator. Buddhist teachings don't really affirm a Creator, from what I understand. Jesus was clear on His position regarding this matter. Although Buddha did believe in a Creator, his teachings are an offshoot of Hinduism that rejected the polytheistic nature. It sounds like he may have had an Abrahamic experience, where the true God of the universe spoke to him. Telling him to leave father and mother to learn more about Him. But God made a covenant with Abraham so that we can see how He is willing to speak to us through the fulfillment of prophecy. Another question might be did Buddha have similar experience to the Abraham of Torah?

    • Jane Err profile imageAUTHOR

      Jane Err 

      3 years ago from Texas

      I have a lot of respect for the Hindu religion. I think many religions were influenced by it but it isn't given the credit it deserves for its contribution to other religions.

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      Vishal Chaudhary 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      IMO there are plenty of signs on the entire planet through one can relate 2 or more different religions, people, races etc. For instance, both Muslim & Hindu use beads to recall god. Both of them have great importance of Moon in their festivals. Our Lord Krisha (hindu deity) and Jesus were both had cattle. There were several murder attempts on Musa & Krishna in their childhood. Both of them survived and became Legends. Likewise there are plenty. People differ because they are born on different geographical locations and moulded by the environment. Ultimately, they possesses same characteristics which is reflected at varied times. All of the deities have done great PENANCE which is why they are the Teachers and we are the followers. Who studied whom hardly matters :-)

    • Jane Err profile imageAUTHOR

      Jane Err 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Peter is considered the first Pope. Interestingly enough, the Vatican is built upon the grounds devoted to the pagan god Mithras who, btw, was supposedly born on December 25. Mithras (Mithra) was an ancient Persian god of the Sun who became Mithras in the Roman culture. Many of the Christian ceremonial habits actually were derived from Mithraism....

      Jesus was Jewish, wasn't a Christian per se, but established the Catholic Church through Peter who was crucified up-side-down on the Vatican grounds which of course wasn't the Vatican at that time.

    • Phil Perez profile image

      Phil Perez 

      3 years ago

      Ah, I see. Well, welcome to HubPages ! Yes, I am aware that Jesus was Jewish. But He believed in God which had to of made Him Catholic or Christian believer, no ? Anyways...

    • Jane Err profile imageAUTHOR

      Jane Err 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for your comment. I am just learning and still don't understand how this site works. To answer your question;;;;Jesus wasn't a Christian. He was born as a Jew and died as a Jew as far as the New Testament relates events of His life. His teachings, however, weren't typically Jewish and his message aligned more closely with Buddhism which predated His birth by 500 years, Jesus made a few references to God as His father. One reference was John 10:30-37 in which he stated "The Father and I are One." Now....look at 31-37

      John 10:31-38King James Version (KJV)

      31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

      32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

      33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

      34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

      35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

      36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

      37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.

      38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him."

      Jesus is referencing Psalm 82:6

    • Phil Perez profile image

      Phil Perez 

      3 years ago

      This would have been better as a forum post.

      To get to your question though, if Jesus believed in Christianity, why would He study another religion? Wouldn't that imply doubt? And if God is His Father, then God surely would have told him which was the truthful religion to follow, obviously.

      Buddhism does sound like a "nice" religion to follow !

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