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« on: August 28, 2007, 03:01:45 PM »

I recently heard a radio interview with Fr. Hopko where he very briefly mentioned a legend supposedly communicated by St. John of Damascus, about an Indian prince who hungered after truth and justice and received the grace of God... Fr. Hopko said this was most likely the Buddha. Does anyone know anything about this?

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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2007, 03:19:11 PM »

+ Irini nem ehmot,

I did a little search and came across this little section about Christianity's view of Buddhism from Wikipedia:

    Main article: Christianity and Buddhism

The Greek legend of "Barlaam and Ioasaph", sometimes mistakenly attributed to the 7th century John of Damascus but actually written by the Georgian monk Euthymios in the 11th century, was ultimately derived, through a variety of intermediate versions (Arabic and Georgian) from the life story of the Buddha. The king-turned-monk Ioasaph (Georgian Iodasaph, Arabic Yūdhasaf or Būdhasaf) ultimately derives his name from the Sanskrit Bodhisattva, the name used in Buddhist accounts for Gautama before he became a Buddha. Barlaam and Ioasaph were placed in the Greek Orthodox calendar of saints on 26 August, and in the West they were entered as "Barlaam and Josaphat" in the Roman Martyrology on the date of 27 November.

The story was translated into Hebrew in the Middle Ages as "Ben-Hamelekh Vehanazir" ("The Prince and the Nazirite"), and is widely read by Jews to this day.
(link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautama_Buddha#Christianity).

Upon a further Google search, I came across this website: http://www.balamand.edu.lb/theology/WritingsSJD.htm, which contains the legend on it.  If you want to read it, you can find it here.


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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2008, 08:08:34 PM »

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