Archive for July 12, 2010

Peace comes from within

“Peace is a state of balance and understanding in yourself and between others, where respect is gained by the acceptance of differences, tolerance persists, conflicts are resolved through dialog, people’s rights are respected and their voices are heard, and everyone is at their highest point of serenity without social tension.” (wikip)

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” ( Buddha)

One of his teachings: Anicca That all things are impermanent.

So that means:  there are times of innertrouble, and times of innerpeace I suppose . Times you are at war with yourself and  the world, and times you are not.

Makes sense.

all about Buddha

all about peace. The study of peace is called irenology (Irene = godess of peace)

Just wondering if Jesus could have been influenced by a Buddhist monk. I will look it up, so this posting is under construction.

“Buddha and Jesus

It is agreed that the Buddha legend was known in the general western world and it has been asserted by Orientalist Samuel Beal that 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” (the Buddha was, according to Buddhist tradition, born from the hip of his mother)The story of the birth of the Buddha was also known: a fragment of Archelaos of Carrha (278 CE) mentions the Buddha’s virgin-birth.

In the 1893 book, Influence of Buddhism on Primitive Christianity, Arthur Lillie argues that the birth accounts of the Buddha were copied into the gospels listing the following infancy parallels:

1. The palm-tree bends down to Mary as the Asoka tree to Yashodara.
2. The story of Simeon, the accounts of the bright light being almost word for word the same.
3. The idol bending down to the infant Jesus.
4. The miracle of the sparrows restored to life.
5. Judas Iscariot in early life attacked Jesus, just as Devadetta, the Judas of Buddhism, attacked Buddha. A violent blow that Jesus received in the left side made a mark that was destined to be the exact spot that received the mortal spear-thrust at the Crucifixion.
6. The whole story of the disputation with the doctors seems copied servilely from the “Lalita Vistara”. ”

from Was Jesus a Buddhist:
* Born as an incarnate god.
* Born from a virgin mother.
* Birth claimed as a divine event and prophesied as the same.
* Birth attended by singing angels.
* Birth attended by wise men bearing gifts.
* Prodigious childhood.
* As a child astounded teachers with knowledge.
* Fasted in the wilderness for forty days.
* Tempted while alone by the devil.
* Resisted the devil successfully.
* After the devil left, supernatural events occurred.
* Were vegetarians (fish excepted).
* Began ministry at thirty years of age.
* Attract large following mostly from lower classes.
* Attracted disciples who traveled with him.
* Attracted one disciple who was treacherous.
* Changed disciples’ names.
* Encouraged celibacy for their disciples.
* Consecrated in a holy river.
* Itinerant ministry instead of at a fixed place.
* Performed miracles such as curing blindness.
* Renounced worldly riches and required the same of their disciples.
* Ministered to outcasts.
* Advocated universal love and peace.
* Taught mostly through use of parables.
* Triumphal entries (in Jerusalem and Rajagripa).
* Gave major sermon from a mound.
* Disregarded by the dominant religious elite (Pharisees and Brahmans).
* Just before death dispatched disciples to preach in other areas.
* Death accompanied by supernatural event.

Can we assume that Jesus was the Western interpretation of Buddha?
His reincarnation perhaps??

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