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The Story Behind How Buddha Was Born

life of Buddha
28/05/2017

“Among the Indians are those philosophers also who follow the precepts of Boutta, whom they honour as a god on account of his extraordinary sanctity.

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Clement of Alexandria, Stromata (Miscellanies), Book I, Chapter XV” this piece is indicative of the wide reach and the quick spread of teachings of Buddha as well as the influence it might have had on the development of western religions and cultures then.  A fragment of Archelaos of Carrha (278 AD) is a writing that tells the story of birth of Buddha. According to Saint Jerome, this writing suggests that Buddha “was born from the side of a virgin”. The story of virgin birth has drawn parallel comparison with the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.

Titus Flavius Clemens is known as Clement of Alexandria, who was a Christian theologian, trained at the Catechetical School of Alexandria. He was a learned man who knew classical Greek philosophy and writings. Clement’s three main works stated that he was swayed by Hellenistic values to a greater point than any other Christian academic of his time. His classified work, which occurs in portions, put forward that he was very well acquainted with pre-Christian Jewish esotericism and Gnosticism.

In one of his fiction, he claimed that Greek beliefs had its derivation amongst non-Greeks, stating that Egyptian academics trained both Plato and Pythagoras. Among his followers were Origen and Alexander of Jerusalem.

It is coincided by the majority of intellectuals that Buddhism was recognized in the pre-Christian Greek world through the crusades of Alexander the Great, and many foremost early Christian predecessors like Clement of Alexandria and St. Jerome were definitely aware of the Buddha, even citing him in their works. Though, the majority of recent scholars who have learned both Buddhism and Christianity consider that there is no precise historic proof of any effect by Buddhism on early Christianity.

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