Was Jesus a Buddhist??
The legend of Jesus is a story shrouded in mystery. Rumor states that he was born to a virgin and is the son of the one true God. But the bulk of his life, from the age of 13 to the age of 29, is a mystery. The Bible, accepted as the authoritative source on Jesus' life says nothing. We know of his birth and glimpses of his growing up. Very little is actually known about what made Jesus become the man he became. We are just told he was the son of God and did all of these incredible things, but surely there is more to this story than we have been led to believe?
According to history and documentation, there is actually a very strong possibility that Jesus studied Buddhism, which existence several hundred years prior to Jesus’ arrival. Additionally, Buddhism was much more advanced, in terms of morality and ethics, than the popular religions of the time which were still fairly brutal and archaic.
Researchers believe this possibility that Jesus was impacted by Buddhism not only because of the Buddhist ruler Ashoka (considered one of the greatest rulers in history relative to how much the people liked him and his genuine intention of working for peace) sending out missionaries to various parts of the globe but Muslims often refer to Jesus as the “traveling profit”. It is well known that at the young age of 12 his mother reportedly could not find him for 3 days because he was in the temple debating with different authorities.
More than this though, the belief of Jesus being in India comes primarily from a book called “The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ”, which was written by Nicholas Notovitch, a Russian doctor who visited a monastery near Kashmir in 1888 where he discovered that Jesus (known to the locals as “Issa”) studied there and also had some intense political confrontations with the Brahmans and Zoroastrian priests (definitely sounds like Jesus' character). He claims that Jesus arrived in India at the age of fourteen and then returned to his homeland at the age of twenty nine.
Not surprisingly his account was demonized by organized religion who took it upon themselves to fund and propagate a campaign of character assassination against the doctor.
But the doctor is not the only reputable authority who has made these claims. A well respected scholar who does believe Notovitch’s account is state director of archeology Fida Hassnain, from the University of Srinagar and former head of the Kashmir Library. Another, is Nicholas Roerich, a world-renowned painter and archeologist who claims through his travels he ran into a number of people spoke of the man named “Issa” and that these people had never met doctor Notovitch.
This is obviously controversial, but there seems to be more to all of this than the authorities want to let us know about. It is very interesting, as well, that Buddhism and Jesus' ideals are closely compatible, as any scholar can tell you. Despite what most believe, it is important to point out that Jesus never invented Christianity. He simply taught what he thought was right and spoke out against injustice, believed in helping the needy and oppressed and took a strong stance against greed and corruption. It is only after he died that his name was hijacked and used to start up a religion.
So there is evidence that suggests Jesus was in India and may have been influenced by Buddhism, not only by the historical accounts from reputable figures mentioned in this article, but also because his beliefs were more reflective of Buddhism than they were Judaism, where he grew up.
Whatever you decide to believe, the silence in about “the missing years of Jesus Christ” are very strange, as if almost an ancient cover up.
You can watch a BBC documentary about this subject in more detail below;