There is a proverb in India to the effect that one should not inquire too deeply into the origin of rishis (God-men) or rivers. This book, however, seeks to plumb the very depths of the great puzzle of the relation between the Buddha and Jesus.
The First Section features a select, annotated bibliography highlighting almost two hundred years of scholarly work on the remarkable parallelism between the messages and lives of the Buddha and Jesus.
The Second section deals with Buddhist sculptures, a number of which were created in the centuries BCE. They parallel episodes in the Christian scriptures.
The Third Section considers several stone inscriptions of King Asoka, who, in the third century BCE, ruled over most of India, and beyond, into what is now Afghanistan. These inscriptions reveal the spreading abroad of the Buddhist doctrine (Dharma), as far as Egypt and other countries around the Mediterranean. There are many parallels between Buddhist doctrine and Christian doctrine.
About the Author:
Prof. Michael Lockwood taught philosophy for thirty-two years of Madras Christian College, South India. His research has been mainly in the field of Indology. With his colleague, prof. Vishnu Bhat, he published in 1994. Metatheater and Sanskrit Drama – followed in 2005 by its second, revised and enlarged edition. Also, in 2005, the two colleagues published another work on classical Sanskrit drama: Charudattam: ‘Torso of a Masterpiece’. A few years earlier, in 2001, Dr. Lockwood, together with several colleagues, brought out the book, Pallava Art.
Now, in retirement. Dr. Lockwood has devoted several years to the present study of the relation of Buddhism to Christianity.