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Why was the life of the Buddha and Mahavira so similar?

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Why was the life of the Buddha and Mahavira so similar?

Postby Coyote » Mon May 14, 2012 10:16 pm

Traditional biographies of both men mention them to be Princes, both mention the same Siddharta, both related to the Ishvaku dynasty. Their births are both attended by numerous deities ect - I am sure many of you know the similarities.
Why is this the case? Although it is generally agreed that Jainism is the older tradition - could it be possible that details about the birth of Mahavira were copied from Buddhist sources, or is it more likely the other way around?
It seems strange that disciples of the Buddha, a man who preached the importance of truthfulness, would be able to appropriate details of the life of Buddha without being stopped or found out - there would have to have been a conspiracy. Yet the Jains would say the same. Anybody any idea what's going on here...?

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Re: Why was the life of the Buddha and Mahavira so similar?

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Re: Why was the life of the Buddha and Mahavira so similar?

Postby retrofuturist » Mon May 14, 2012 10:42 pm

Greetings,

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Re: Why was the life of the Buddha and Mahavira so similar?

Postby retrofuturist » Tue May 15, 2012 3:56 am

Greetings,

Somewhere I think there's even a story where the Buddha walks on water ala Jesus.

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Re: Why was the life of the Buddha and Mahavira so similar?

Postby Jason » Tue May 15, 2012 4:29 am

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