Jesus, a Buddhist?

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Jesus, a Buddhist?

Postby Nosta » Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:45 pm

Jesus was a great teacher for christians. In fact, some things he said are good: he told us to love everybody, even the enemy; he told us that we should follow a life without luxury and excessive wealth...etc.

Could Jesus be a buddhist? Or, could he be someone using buddhist teachings to creat a new movement/religion?

If we read some old christian texts not accepted in the bible (like the book of Tome, etc) we may even "feel" some buddhist ideas on them.

Also, some people claim that Jesus entered in India and learned buddhism.

What do you think about these ideas?

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Re: Jesus, a Buddhist?

Postby Pema Rigdzin » Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:13 am

I think this is all speculation and wishful thinking, and assumes that non-Buddhists would have to depend on Buddhism in order to recognize common sense wisdom. If Jesus was a Mahayana Buddhist teacher, would not he have taught refuge in the 3 Jewels, generation of bodhicitta, and the dedication of merit? Or maybe you're suggesting that he was secretly a bodhisattva and using skillful means to guide people without karma to connect with the Buddha Dharma? That could very well be, but there's no way to know. I suppose it's an interesting topic for a conversation over coffee or tea with friends, though.

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Re: Jesus, a Buddhist?

Postby Dexing » Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:10 am

nopalabhyate...

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Re: Jesus, a Buddhist?

Postby Nosta » Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:54 pm

No, i am not saying that he was a secret boddhisatva. What i was thinking is, if indeed he entered India, probably he "stole" some buddhist concepts to his own doctrines.

Do you know any good books talking on the subject (buddhismo and Jesus)?

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Re: Jesus, a Buddhist?

Postby meindzai » Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:46 pm

Jesus's teachings would be categorized as eternalism, a wrong view in Buddhism.

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Re: Jesus, a Buddhist?

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Re: Jesus, a Buddhist?

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Re: Jesus, a Buddhist?

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Re: Jesus, a Buddhist?

Postby Su DongPo » Sat Feb 05, 2011 6:53 am

Hi retro,

Are compassion and forgiveness wrong view then? I know you don't mean this, but what do you mean?

Cheers,
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Re: Jesus, a Buddhist?

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Re: Jesus, a Buddhist?

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Re: Jesus, a Buddhist?

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Re: Jesus, a Buddhist?

Postby Tilopa » Sat Feb 05, 2011 7:40 am

Yes here it is. Number 11 in this list of secondary precepts:

http://viewonbuddhism.org/resources/bod ... _vows.html

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Re: Jesus, a Buddhist?

Postby Su DongPo » Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:24 pm

I wonder if it is helpful to distinguish between Jesus and the Church which grew up, especially after the 3rd century, as an institution. Jesus was a Jew, not a Christian, and most of the extent texts (gospels) accounting for his career are actually non-canonical. This changes (for me at least) the picture of Jesus a great deal. This doesn't prove that he was a Buddhist or a Bodhisattva, of course; that cannot be definitely proven (although it might be a matter of faith :smile: ).


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