Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Buddha and Jesus (comic)

Editors, Wisdom Quarterly; SS (video); Dan Piraro (bizarro.com); Reza Aslan
The Christ story (as opposed to accounts of the historical Jesus of Nazareth) borrows much from Buddhism. Christian scholar Reza Aslan explains the two Jesuses very well in Zealot.
"Tell me about it. I've been a blond white due for, like, 2,000 years." (bizarro.com)

(BBC/Security Science) "Jesus Was A Buddhist Monk (BBC documentary), the "lost" years in India.

What the hell?! Rome rules!
(TheTraveler edited by WQ) It's true. Jesus was a Buddhist monk. Read his teachings in "A Course in Miracles." They are very similar to Buddhist philosophy. Christians have been misled by the Holy Roman Empire's Church (Catholicism or Universalism), which used Christianity as a form of imperial government-control, when in truth Jesus wanted to liberate humankind from suffering. Jesus is a spiritual scientist much like the Buddha. MIND is the creator of all things, as the Buddha taught (Dhammpada, V. 1). This is the "Father in heaven" to whom Jesus refers, not some mythical emperor man with a white beard on a cloud.
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  • ...story of Jesus. Z. P. Thundy has surveyed the similarities and differences between the birth stories of Buddha by Maya and Jesus by Mary and notes that...
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The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Reza Aslan (amazon.com)
The real Jesus, not the Roman myth, was a rebel.
Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle worker walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the “Kingdom of God.”

The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established [Roman] order that he was captured, tortured, and executed as a state criminal.

Within decades after his shameful death, his followers would call him God.

Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history’s most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

Scores of Jewish prophets, preachers, and would-be messiahs [Maitreyas] wandered through the Holy Land, bearing messages from God. This was the age of zealotry -- a fervent nationalism that made resistance to the Roman occupation a sacred duty incumbent on all Jews. More

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