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In Search of the Christian Buddha: how an Asian sage became a medieval saint

In Search of the Christian Buddha: how an Asian sage became a medieval saint
The life story of the Buddha is the story of many lives. This book explores the story and provides a composite version of the Buddha's life, focusing on the most common elements. It notes how the doctrinal clothing of the story changes as it crossed religious borders along the path from India to Europe.
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ISBN/EAN: 9780393089158
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Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Author: Donald S. Lopez
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The tale of St Josaphat, a prince who gave up his wealth and kingdom to follow Jesus, was widely told and read in the Middle Ages, translated into a dozen languages and even cited by Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice. Only in the nineteenth century did scholars note the parallels between the lives of Buddha and Josaphat. This book traces the Buddha's story from India to Persia to Jerusalem and then throughout Europe, as it was rewritten by Muslim, Jewish and Christian authors, illustrating its unsuspected integration into European culture. Through a comparison of the tale's various versions, it reveals surprising convergences and divergences between Christianity and Buddhism on subjects including the meaning of death, the problem of desire and the view of women.
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