Essay about Compare and Contrast the Lives of Buddha and Jesus

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It is said that history is shaped by the lives of great men. Great men are leaders. They bring about change; they improve the lives of others; they introduce new ideas, models, and theories to society. Most of the world's religions were founded, developed, or discovered by great men. Two particular religions - Christianity and Buddhism - developed in different parts of the world, under different circumstances, and in different social atmospheres. But each religion is based upon the teachings of a great man. When one compares the life of Buddha with the life of Jesus, one finds that the two share many things in common. This essay aims to compare and contrast the lives of Buddha1 and Jesus in two key areas: conception and birth. …show more content…
It is said that while in the womb, "the mother could see the Bodhisattva within her, as plainly as one could see the thread passing through a transparent gem."7 Some later accounts even suggest that Maya's womb was transformed into a jewelled palace for the Buddha.8 In these accounts, the gods wished to protect the Buddha from the defilement of his mother's womb; so they wrapped him in a garment of gold, and provided him with a soft pillow to recline on. It is also narrated that Maya carried the Buddha for ten months before she gave birth.

After waking up from her dream, Maya informed her husband the king. When the king learned of the dream, he summoned sixty-four priests of the highest order. After feasting, the king related Maya's dream to the priest, hoping for an interpretation. The elephant prophecy was well known to the Hindu priests. According to their texts, Brahma had said: "A woman who dreams of a white elephant entering her womb will give birth to a being as select as an elephant."9 From this, they concluded that Maya had conceived the Buddha. When the priests heard of the queen's dream, they answered:

O King, do not be anxious. The queen has this day conceived, and the embryo is not a female, but a male; he is not of the inferior or middle classes, but is of superior glory. If what is conceived of the queen

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