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

Peggy McCracken

The attention-grabbing account of the way the tale of the Buddha was once reworked into the legend of a Christian saint.

the tale of Saint Josaphat, a prince who gave up his wealth and state to stick to Jesus, used to be some of the most well known Christian stories of the center a long time, translated right into a dozen languages, and stated by means of Shakespeare within the service provider of Venice. but Josaphat is barely remembered this present day due to the similarities of his existence to that of the Buddha.

In seek of the Christian Buddha is determined opposed to the backdrop of the alternate alongside the Silk street, the Christian payment of Palestine, the unfold of Islam, and the Crusades. It lines the trail of the Buddha’s story from India and exhibits the way it developed, adopting info from every one tradition in the course of its sojourn. those early circumstances of globalization allowed not just items but additionally wisdom to stream among diversified cultures and round a lot of the world.

Eminent students Donald S. Lopez Jr. and Peggy McCracken demonstrate how religions born hundreds of thousands of miles aside shared principles in the course of the centuries. They discover dazzling convergences and divergences among those faiths on matters together with the which means of dying, the matter of hope, and their view of ladies. Demonstrating the magnificent strength of this story, they ask now not how tales circulation between religions yet how religions move between stories.

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