For many centuries there have been questions about the missing years of Yeshua’s life before his ministry really began. The last record of Jesus before his ministry beginnings and after his birth, was when his parents missed him at the temple at the age of twelve. Beyond that there is nothing, between the ages of twelve until his early 30’s, his life is a virtual mystery. There have been theories, especially in the very early Christian churches like the Gnostics and other similar groups, that in those missing years, Jesus may have travelled to many different countries and studied other religions. One of the most widely speculated religions he may have studied is Buddhism. Most of this is due to the similarities of Jesus’ teachings of love, compassion and peace which of course are some of the core principles in Buddhism. And let’s face it folks, if you have ever read the Old Testament, you are driven to wonder what led Jesus to preach such a major departure from the “wrath of an angry God” and “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” attitudes of his ancestors. Is it possible that in those early years, he did travel and study the religions of other cultures, like neighboring India where Buddhism was practiced? Was this part of the framework of his teachings? Was it a way to bring the ideas and concepts of other religions into his faith and followers?? Or is it just a concidence that the teachings of Jesus and Buddhism share similarities?
I ask these questions with no answers, b/c I believe each person has their own answers. But I got the idea for this blog from another blog today on Beliefnet.com. I won’t post the entire Blog piece here and take the credit away from the original author, but I will definitely post a link. The author is a practicing Buddhist himself, but feels most strongly that the teachings’ of Yeshua definitely have ties to Buddhism. He wonders, like I do, if Yeshua did indeed travel and learn about Buddha and the religious practices in his travels. Perhaps he did and immediately saw similarities of Buddha and his “Heavenly Father”. Did he recognize them as one deity? Did the Divine speak to Yeshua and assure him of the connection? Or did he take the parts of Buddhism that “spoke” to him and use them as a way to teach? If a devout Buddhist can see the possible connection, why can’t more Christians be open to the possiblity?
Unfortunately there are many in both religions, Christianity and Buddhism, that will adamently argue that there is no connection between the two and to say otherwise is heresy, blasphemy or just plain wrong. I disagree. Is there harm in believing that God/Jesus and Buddha are connected? I don’t believe so. Is it wrong to take aspects of both religions into your personal worship or practice? Wiccans and Pagans often utilize many Buddhist teachings in their rituals, so why can’t Jews, Christians, Muslims, etc?? That is what I’ve done as a Esoteric Christian Mystic/Witch, taking practices and ideas from many religious practices and incorporating them in my worship of Christian Deities. There is room for many religions and faiths in this world. The Bible says “in my Father’s house, there are many mansions.” Isn’t it possible they are meant for all people who practice religions and faiths which teach and practice light, peace and love of the Divine?
Please read this blog article and decide for yourself. Meditations on Jesus
Blessed be in Yeshua.