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Buddhism began in Northern [[India]] around the 5th Century BC. It made impressive progress east and south, but only made it as far as Afghanistan to the west. Consequently Western Europe had only minimal contact with it until the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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Buddhism began in Northern [[India]] around the 5th Century BC. It made impressive progress east and south, but only made it as far as Afghanistan to the west. Consequently Western [[Europe]] had only minimal contact with it until the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
  
 
One noticeable exception is the story of the Buddha. It was told along the trade routes that made there way west. By the time it reached Europe it had mutated into the story of Barlaam and Josaphat. Josaphat is the name Buddha was given, having been derived from Boddhisatva, or he who shall become Buddha. Barlaam was a Christian monk who aided Josaphat in his conversion.
 
One noticeable exception is the story of the Buddha. It was told along the trade routes that made there way west. By the time it reached Europe it had mutated into the story of Barlaam and Josaphat. Josaphat is the name Buddha was given, having been derived from Boddhisatva, or he who shall become Buddha. Barlaam was a Christian monk who aided Josaphat in his conversion.
  
 
The story became well enough known in Europe for Josaphat to be recognised in the thirteenth century ''Golden Legend'' or Live of Saints. In the [[16th century]] the Buddha became a fully canonised saint with a feast day on the 27th of November. By the [[19th century]] however the link between the story of Josaphat and Buddha was pointed out and he has since been desanctified.
 
The story became well enough known in Europe for Josaphat to be recognised in the thirteenth century ''Golden Legend'' or Live of Saints. In the [[16th century]] the Buddha became a fully canonised saint with a feast day on the 27th of November. By the [[19th century]] however the link between the story of Josaphat and Buddha was pointed out and he has since been desanctified.
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== Your [[SCA]] [[Persona]] is a Buddhist ==
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No, probably not.  The [[SCA]] is about Western culture prior to the [[17th century]].  Western [[Europe]] had almost no contact with Buddhists during this time.  See above.

Revision as of 22:27, 18 November 2003

Buddhism began in Northern India around the 5th Century BC. It made impressive progress east and south, but only made it as far as Afghanistan to the west. Consequently Western Europe had only minimal contact with it until the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

One noticeable exception is the story of the Buddha. It was told along the trade routes that made there way west. By the time it reached Europe it had mutated into the story of Barlaam and Josaphat. Josaphat is the name Buddha was given, having been derived from Boddhisatva, or he who shall become Buddha. Barlaam was a Christian monk who aided Josaphat in his conversion.

The story became well enough known in Europe for Josaphat to be recognised in the thirteenth century Golden Legend or Live of Saints. In the 16th century the Buddha became a fully canonised saint with a feast day on the 27th of November. By the 19th century however the link between the story of Josaphat and Buddha was pointed out and he has since been desanctified.

Your SCA Persona is a Buddhist

No, probably not. The SCA is about Western culture prior to the 17th century. Western Europe had almost no contact with Buddhists during this time. See above.