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Buddha in Christianity by Fotopoulou Sophia

saints Barlaam and Josaphat

The ancient tale of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, spread from his homeland to Europe, where he became a Christian saint with the name of "Iosaphat."

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Buddha’s Compassion by Fotopoulou Sophia

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Parables are Expressions of the Buddha's Compassion... One of my favourit parables is the following. It is the famous parable of the skilled physician and his sick children.

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Buddha’s First Teaching by Yan Zhuo

The Setting in Motion of the Wheel of Dharma [Chin.: zhuǎnfǎlúnjīng转法轮经 | Sanskr.: धर्मचक्रप्रवर्तन सूत्र - Dharmacakra Pravartana Sūtra] is considered to be a record of the first teaching given by the Buddha after he attained enlightenment. This discourse was given to the five ascetics [Kondañña, Vappa, Bhaddiya, Mahanāma, and Assaji] who were his former companions, at the Deer Park [Chin.: xiānrényuàn仙人苑 | Sanskr.: Mṛgadāva] in Isipatana, now called Sarnath [Sanskr.: सारनाथ Sārnath], near Benares, India.

The Buddha started the discourse by advising the five ascetics to give up two extremes. These were indulgence in sensual pleasures…

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Byzantine Vestments by Fotopoulou Sophia

Great Lavra, Mount Athos. The Mitre believed to have belonged to the emperor Nicephorus Phocas (963 - 969).

Church vestments were not inherited from any other religion but gradually evolved out of the ordinary dress of the people of the Roman Empire. In those first days of Christianity the clergy presided in their ordinary clothing although undoubtedly costlier and more beautiful garments were used. The Church, therefore, did not invent something of the gracious and ample vesture once worn by all Mediterranean peoples. Beyond conservatism it seems that a deep human instinct prefers special clothing for ceremonial occasions and thus many of the ancient world religions have evolved ritual garments for their priests.

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