It appears highly probable that the teachings of Buddha, in the form of Greco-Buddhism which was picked up and spread by Hellenistic groups associated with Alexander The Great around 300BC assisted in spreading many of the Buddhist philosophies throughout the Hellenistic world of which the so called birthplace of Jesus Christ was included.  So it was extremely probable that Jesus (if he existed) had knowledge of such Buddhist philosophies.  Something Christians had wrongly denied by pretending that there was a barrier which prevented Buddhist trade with these regions.  Which is entirely incorrect.

Also the Buddhist leader, Emperor Ashoka (273 - 232 BC) had converted to Buddhism and sent priests proselytizing through many regions, some believe their influence reached the Mediterranean regions and even Greece.

Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia on Greco-Buddhism.

"Although the philosophical systems of Buddhism and Christianity have evolved in rather different ways, the moral precepts advocated by Buddhism from the time of Ashoka through his edicts do have some similarities with the Christian moral precepts developed more than two centuries later: respect for life, respect for the weak, rejection of violence, pardon to sinners, tolerance.
Queen Māyā's white elephant dream, and the conception of the Buddha. Gandhara, 2-3rd century CE.

Scholars have often considered the possibility that Buddhism influenced the early development of Christianity. They have drawn attention to many parallels concerning the births, lives, doctrines, and deaths of the Buddha and Jesus" (Bentley, "Old World Encounters").

The story of the birth of the Buddha was well known in the West, and possibly influenced the story of the birth of Jesus: Saint Jerome (4th century CE) mentions the birth of the Buddha, who he says "was born from the side of a virgin".
from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greco-Buddhism

Here is an excerpt from http://buddha-christ.info/similarities.html

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Buddha Christ
"Consider others as yourself."4 "Treat others the same way you want them to treat you."5 "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."6
"If you do not tend to one another then who is there to tend to you? Whoever would tend me, he should tend the sick."7 "Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me."8
"Just as a mother would protect her only child at the risk of her own life, even so, cultivate a boundless heart towards all beings. Let your thoughts of boundless love pervade the whole world."9 "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends."10
"Hard it is to understand: By giving away our food, we get more strength; by bestowing clothing on others, we gain more beauty; by founding abodes of purity and truth, we acquire great treasures. The charitable man has found the path of liberation. He is like the man who plants a sapling securing thereby the shade, the flowers and the fruit in future years. Even so is the result of charity, even so is the joy of him who helps those that are in need of assistance; even so is the great nirvana."11 "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. . . . You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God."12
"The charitable man has found the path of liberation."13 "In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"14
"The fault of others is easily perceived, but that of oneself is difficult to perceive; a man winnows his neighbour's faults like chaff, but his own fault he hides, as a cheat hides the bad die from the gambler."15 "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."16
"Hatred does not ever cease in this world by hating, but by love; this is an eternal truth. . . . Overcome anger by love, overcome evil by good, overcome the miser by giving, overcome the liar by truth."17 "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you."18

"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you."19
"The world gives according to their faith or according to their pleasure: if a man frets about the food and the drink given to others, he will find no rest either by day or by night."20 "Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."21
Lose self to gain nirvana and escape from suffering. Lose self to gain Christ and entrance into heaven, where there will be no suffering.



We can summarize the above by listing the following areas of close agreement between Buddha and Christ:

  • Altruism
  • The Golden Rule
  • Don't judge others
  • Love your enemies
  • Overcome hate with love
  • More blessed to give than to receive
  • Avoid being religious for show

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So you can see why some historians and even myself have a very strong suspicion that either Jesus who pretended to be Jewish, so as to not upset his family members, as many Catholics and Islamic individuals do, but had actually adopted Buddhism and so brilliantly combined them both.

Or there already existed a group of Buddhist following Jews who deliberately created the character of Jesus Christ as a mediator for their ideology.

Christians have absolutely no evidence that I am wrong, anywhere, so, until they can find some Objective Evidence that demonstrates Jesus Christ existed and had absolutely no knowledge of Buddhism, those others and myself who have this Hypothesis can consider our Hypothesis as completely VALID.

It Stands As a Perfectly Valid Hypothesis* That Buddhism Created Christianity from Appending Its Doctrines to Judaism through Jesus Christ!

It has also been stated by some philosophers and historians that those Christians who believe in just following the teachings of Jesus Christ, ignore the Old Testament and the book of Revelations.  i.e. Just believing in Jesus and his teachings will show you the way,  are essentially Buddhists, not Christians, because those teachings originated from Buddha, not Jesus.

*Thanks Steve Earley for correcting my grammar.

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Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on December 3, 2013 at 5:39am

As we have evolved through our super fast "Cultural Evolution" our languages have also evolved along with it.

Even those Jewish people who have kept their original Hebrew alive by handing it down through the generations as their first language, (thus the story of the Pentecost) would very likely not even understand those talking in Hebrew at the Pentecost if they could travel back in time.

Because language changes subconsciously, with out we being aware that we are changing it.

I like one of the articles I read of a bar tender in Melbourne when they finally got a train line through from Sydney which before then was a few days by horse or coach.

He remarked that he could not understand many of the travelers from Sydney, it was like they were speaking another language.

This is what happens when there is isolation between colonies or even villages, they develop different cultures and thus language also differs, because the language reflects their culture.

But, I can assume you already know this by your previous posts.

Though there are others who read these posts that may not be aware.

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on December 3, 2013 at 5:27am

Now that you've mentioned it.

One of the humorous things I find about Christians is how many such as the Jehovah witnesses like trekking back to the so called origins of their scriptures for further insight.  What they never seem to realize is that language changes continually and what they think are denotations of the original scriptures are truly only their own derived connotations of them. 

The denotations were lost thousands of years ago.

I read newspapers when I was doing historical research for the unions and in less than 50 years the local English had changed remarkably and some of the articles written a hundred years ago were very different, it was almost like they were written in a different country.

This is the changes in language while we have them recorded in print.

Imagine how much language would change in regions where there was little or no written language to refer to, and stories were handed down by rote only.

Rote is like Chinese whispers, the story reaching the fourth in line is often very little like the original story, and by the tenth, they have almost no similarities as egotism, mindware contaminations and simple failures in listening and memory retention all add to the compounding errors in the messages that get passed along.

It is completely impossible for a group in the 21st century to ever truly produce any genuine denotation of original BC or even 400CE scripture..

Comment by Sharon Fox Nichols on December 3, 2013 at 1:57am

I think it is funny--humorous that we've studied animal behavior and found culture in several (if not eventually many) species!  ;-0)

I too have gotten truly sick & tired of xians & their sense of self-congratulatory pig-headedness.  Being hardheaded in believing in wrong info is just silly, so in my home, I make fun of somments made on bible-oriented shows (on History Channel, NGC, Discover, & even the Science channel).  In our household, we would almost prefer to watch such shows, just for the comedy alone!  Cheeky, aren't we?  It is really good to be open in our atheist stance and to challenge others to think critically about what they think they know (about their religion/god).  I applaud your efforts.  Your writing is very good and is also very informative to those who have not done their homework and aren't as well-read as some of us atheists are.  I don't mean that in a "I'm smarter than them" sort of way, but that since we love to read, it's far easier to take on the task of deliberately seeking out knowledge.  If we read a breadth of material, and have even just reasonable critical thinking skills (a hope not always met among the religious), then we are more likely to discover Truth(s) and facts for ourselves.  If experiential learning is one of the best ways to learn, then I feel that actively taking responsibility for finding factual and well-reasoned/tested information deepens our understanding of "where the truth lies".  Yes, I know.  Truth, like "beauty" is a slippery word.  As you can tell, I am a bit of a word-monger, which is why I emphasized the diff. between connotations and denotations.

Indeed, our brains are wired for "culture";  the wiring had to be in place, for ex., to make associations, detect subtle differences in the environment, and such like, in order for our species to survive.  Since this is true for other species, it only makes sense that they have the same possibilities for culture.  Studies on this kind of topic interests me very deeply because I feel that our Western culture is so permeated with human-species centrism, we fail to remember that we are animals too and what we can do, so can some other species.

 

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on December 2, 2013 at 1:16am

Actually I was wrong, I found one of the articles I wrote, it was actually 25 years ago, not 15 that Xtianity started to die off here.  How time flies when your are having fun.  :-D~

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on December 2, 2013 at 1:13am

Oh, according to Robert Sapolsky in one of his lectures, humans are not the only creature to develop Culture. We are only more advanced in our development of "Cultural Evolution".

Other apes may even follow on with cultural development of their own, we are just leading in a race that evolution started.

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on December 2, 2013 at 1:00am

About 15 years ago, when Xtianity was starting to fall over in this region, many Xtian priests and pastors started writing articles in the local newspapers to try and get people back into the churches, to which I would write scathing notices in the paper to point out how stupid and irrational their articles were.  Since I used my actual name, the local church ministers would pull me up on the street and attack me verbally over my criticisms.

To which I always had an even more scathing reply and I never hold back my potty mouth if such language is required, which such language can sometimes be useful if only for the shock value and impact it adds to the comment.

I also got a lot of others writing letters of agreement with my comments, which made them even more angry with me.

It was then they all started to look away when I approached their direction, to which I would laugh loudly when I knew they were deliberately looking away.  Which had many of them thinking I was the nearest thing to Satan around.

I think I assisted here in the demise of local Christianity with my regular writings, criticizing Christianity, especially when they invited outside (so called gaining a following) preachers to the region to stem the tide moving out of faith.

It may be just my delusion that my writings helped people realize that Christianity is completely Irrational and thus the mass exodus from it which occurred, but it was fun attacking them and getting in their faces.

I miss that fun occasionally.

Though my blogs help to give me the feeling/delusion that I'm continuing the fight!

LOL

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on December 2, 2013 at 12:33am

Though we already had the basic building blocks of morality or social animal morality before our brains developed "Culture" through natural, or Biological Evolution. Or the formation of the pre-frontal cortex and related structures which allow us to delay and override our early lizard/mammalian brain urges for the good of the group.  This was the start of morality.

Without those brain structures, we would not be able to develop Culture in the first place because culture is reliant on our ability to override and thus modify our basic instincts to suit our group environment and culture.

The rest which developed in the last 200,000 years or so, are as you stated, developed through our "Cultural Evolution", which has replaced Biological Evolution as the fastest developing form of Evolution.  If we relied on Biological Evolution to develop group morality to the extent that "Cultural Evolution" has in that 200,000 years, we'd be waiting for at least another million years.

Comment by Dyslexic's DOG on December 2, 2013 at 12:22am

yes Sharon, that's all fine, but saying we don't believe that the NT came from Jesus or that Jesus never existed have been pushed onto Xtians b4, so they are used to it.

So I simply created the blog to get up Xtians noses, because many Xtians find our A/N posts and are not offended by people saying Jesus didn't exist any more.

They are more offended by people calling Jesus a plagiarist, which the site I used is practically doing. 

It's all about giving the Xtians the shits with ppl like moi, making their hero look like a bad ass, con artist, rather than just saying we don't believe in him as they are so used to.

I just like rubbing such stuff into their faces.

They Love Me For It!  LOL

Actually, none of the Xtians here will talk to me nor even look me in the eyes, because I just grin at them when they do.

Which I don't mind, because there are not many Xtians left here anyway.

All my neighbors and family are Atheists.

Comment by Sharon Fox Nichols on December 2, 2013 at 12:18am

Dyslexic Dog, You said: <You can still believe in spiritual worlds and superstitions and be an Atheist, so long as your spiritual world doesn't have any supreme being or Deity.>

There is actually a great deal of differences of opinion on this among Atheists.  Strictly speaking, the denotation (dictionary meaning) of "spirit" implies the supernatural.  Since atheists don't believe in the supernatural, it follows that they would not tend to describe themselves as "spiritual".  If what is meant by "spiritual" is the connotation (common folks' usage of the term), refers to something which brings awe, peak experiences, or "transcends" the commonplace, then I think we could agree on that.  Except.  I believe this "common usuage" vernacular use of the word spiritual has become so loose, so ill-defined, as to be fairly useless and to lead theists t(who don't want to believe us when we say we are a-theists and don't believe in the spirit world /supernatural) to insist that, "See!  You ARE spiritual," in triumph, as if we are indeed closet theists.  I refuse any such definitions of who I am and I am only speaking for myself, yet I do think the language we use should be precise so as to prevent such annoying behavior by theists. I've had this discussion with theist friends and it is SO frustrating when they insist on defining me the way they PREFER me to be.  ;-)

Comment by Sharon Fox Nichols on December 2, 2013 at 12:07am

Invention, discovery, & innovation are the 3 ways new culture traits arise, but they are transmitted through cultural contact and cultural diffusion (within a culture and from one culture to another).  The original posit was that Jesus got his jive from Buddha, so to speak.  The thing which JC did NOT get from the big B (could not have gotten, I mean), is his mindset that people weren't living correctly according to The Law (big music, drums banging loudly)--i.e., Judaic law.  Which has nothing to do with the Buddha.  And according to JC he was not out to do something new, but to restore people to the correct way--Judaic Law, that is.  One problem is that we can't trust anything in the Gospels since none were written by a disciple, nor at the time of the events purported to have occurred.  If we can't trust the New Testament (which was called that to indicate a break with Judaism and Judaic Law), then why would we even consider the possibility (?) of JC having studied Buddhism?  THAT is the rub!!

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