In Search of the Christian Buddha: How an Asian Sage Became by Donald S. Lopez, Jr., Peggy McCracken

By Donald S. Lopez, Jr., Peggy McCracken

The tale of Saint Josaphat, a prince who gave up his wealth and nation to stick to Jesus, was once the most renowned Christian stories of the center a long time, translated right into a dozen languages, and brought up by way of Shakespeare within the service provider of Venice. but Josaphat is barely remembered this present day end result of 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 cost of Palestine, the unfold of Islam, and the Crusades. It lines the trail of the Buddha’s story from India and indicates the way it developed, adopting information 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 varied cultures and round a lot of the world.

Eminent students Donald S. Lopez Jr. and Peggy McCracken exhibit how religions born millions of miles aside shared rules during the centuries. They discover unbelievable convergences and divergences among those faiths on topics together with the which means of loss of life, the matter of wish, and their view of ladies. Demonstrating the significant strength of this story, they ask now not how tales move between religions yet how religions circulation between tales.

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By Donald S. Lopez, Jr., Peggy McCracken

The tale of Saint Josaphat, a prince who gave up his wealth and nation to stick to Jesus, was once the most renowned Christian stories of the center a long time, translated right into a dozen languages, and brought up by way of Shakespeare within the service provider of Venice. but Josaphat is barely remembered this present day end result of 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 cost of Palestine, the unfold of Islam, and the Crusades. It lines the trail of the Buddha’s story from India and indicates the way it developed, adopting information 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 varied cultures and round a lot of the world.

Eminent students Donald S. Lopez Jr. and Peggy McCracken exhibit how religions born millions of miles aside shared rules during the centuries. They discover unbelievable convergences and divergences among those faiths on topics together with the which means of loss of life, the matter of wish, and their view of ladies. Demonstrating the significant strength of this story, they ask now not how tales move between religions yet how religions circulation between tales.

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The Fifth Dalai Lama Ngawang Losang Gyatso then promulgated public laws of moral conduct, appointed various governers to the different districts and selected intelligent and able ministers to form the first government of Gaden Phodrang Choglas Namgyal. Karma Tenkyong Wangpo, the last Tsangpa ruler was now imprisoned at Neu in Lhasa. But his followers were still active. Garpon Yapse, a follower of Karmapa led a revolt against the Gaden Phodrang and attacked Gyantse which they took over from the Lhasa backed officials.

But Beri had always been under Gelugpa observation whose many spies kept a close watch on the attitude and plans of Donyod Dorjee and his strategy regarding the tumultous situation of Lhasa and U's. The letter containing the insidous message fell into the hands of Gelugpa spy. He at once sent it to Gushri Khan in 1638. Gushri Khan acted fast and gathered his army once again and awaited further instructions from Lhasa regarding his plan of finishing off both the Beri chief and Desi Tsangpa. The Dalai Lama discussed the development and the Qosot chief's decision to fight both the Beri chief and Desi Tsangpa with his Chadzod Sonam Chophel.

The young Dalai Lama appalled the Panchen Rinpoche and the retinue by revealing his intention to give up the novice monkhood vows which he had earlier received from the Panchen Rinpoche in 1697, instead of taking the final vows for which he had purposely made the journey. After prostrating thrice before the Panchen Rinpoche and begging forgiveness for not being able to fulfill the wishes of the honoured tutor, Tsanyang Gyatso renounced his Getsul vows and returned to the state of a layman. For a Tibetan brought u p in an age of religious revival and near-total fanaticism, it must have called forth an extraordinary courage on the part of the young Tsanyang Gyatso to renounce his Getsul vows before no less a personality than the second Panchen Rinpoche and deviate from the traditional practices followed by every Dalai Lama, before and since the Sixth.

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