http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallels_ ... _and_Jesus" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;Some Buddhists, including Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama regard Jesus as a Bodhisattva who dedicated his life to the welfare of human beings.
There are many books out that compare the teachings of Christ with Buddha, and if you read them you would see that their lives are very similar, even the parables. I had picked up a book many years ago on Buddha and was shocked when i was reading it because his life and teachings were very much alike. Here is a list of some books on the subject:
The Original Jesus: The Buddhist Sources of Christianity [Paperback]
Elmar R. Gruber (Author), Holger Kersten (Author)
The Noble Eightfold Path of Christ: Jesus Teaches the Dharma of Buddhism - Paperback (July 6, 2006) by Thomas Ragland
Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings - Paperback (Dec. 8, 2004) by Marcus Borg and Jack Kornfield
Jesus taught karma when he said: "You reap what you sow."
Of course there are other things that Jesus said and did that cause me to question. For example, Would Buddha do this?
Unless this is a story with a meaning, i can't see Jesus doing this because it is so unlike everything else that he has written, such as "turn the other cheek" and "blessed are the meek." But also, his disciple carried swords, and one of them cut off the ear of a soldier, and Jesus rebuked him. Perhaps this was a lesson and not a real story.So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.
And what about his saying, "I am the way, the truth, and the light. No one comes to the Father except through me? Again, i can't see his saying this, and neither do the Jesus Seminar in the book, The Five Gospels. Perhaps as some say, he meant, I AM is the way. And Buddha had said:
Ekāyano ayaṃ, bhikkhave, maggo
This is the one and only path: VRI translation
Again we have a parallel saying. And so i wonder what was changed in the Bible?