It appears highly probable that the teachings of Buddha, in the form of Greco-Buddhism which was picked up and spread by Hellenistic groups associated with Alexander The Great around 300BC assisted in spreading many of the Buddhist philosophies throughout the Hellenistic world of which the so called birthplace of Jesus Christ was included. So it was extremely probable that Jesus (if he existed) had knowledge of such Buddhist philosophies. Something Christians had wrongly denied by pretending that there was a barrier which prevented Buddhist trade with these regions. Which is entirely incorrect.
Also the Buddhist leader, Emperor Ashoka (273 - 232 BC) had converted to Buddhism and sent priests proselytizing through many regions, some believe their influence reached the Mediterranean regions and even Greece.
Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia on Greco-Buddhism.
"Although the philosophical systems of Buddhism and Christianity have evolved in rather different ways, the moral precepts advocated by Buddhism from the time of Ashoka through his edicts do have some similarities with the Christian moral precepts developed more than two centuries later: respect for life, respect for the weak, rejection of violence, pardon to sinners, tolerance.
Queen Māyā's white elephant dream, and the conception of the Buddha. Gandhara, 2-3rd century CE.
Scholars have often considered the possibility that Buddhism influenced the early development of Christianity. They have drawn attention to many parallels concerning the births, lives, doctrines, and deaths of the Buddha and Jesus" (Bentley, "Old World Encounters").
The story of the birth of the Buddha was well known in the West, and possibly influenced the story of the birth of Jesus: Saint Jerome (4th century CE) mentions the birth of the Buddha, who he says "was born from the side of a virgin".
Here is an excerpt from http://buddha-christ.info/similarities.html
|"Consider others as yourself."4||"Treat others the same way you want them to treat you."5 "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."6|
|"If you do not tend to one another then who is there to tend to you? Whoever would tend me, he should tend the sick."7||"Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me."8|
|"Just as a mother would protect her only child at the risk of her own life, even so, cultivate a boundless heart towards all beings. Let your thoughts of boundless love pervade the whole world."9||"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends."10|
|"Hard it is to understand: By giving away our food, we get more strength; by bestowing clothing on others, we gain more beauty; by founding abodes of purity and truth, we acquire great treasures. The charitable man has found the path of liberation. He is like the man who plants a sapling securing thereby the shade, the flowers and the fruit in future years. Even so is the result of charity, even so is the joy of him who helps those that are in need of assistance; even so is the great nirvana."11||"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. . . . You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God."12|
|"The charitable man has found the path of liberation."13||"In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"14|
|"The fault of others is easily perceived, but that of oneself is difficult to perceive; a man winnows his neighbour's faults like chaff, but his own fault he hides, as a cheat hides the bad die from the gambler."15||"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."16|
|"Hatred does not ever cease in this world by hating, but by love; this is an eternal truth. . . . Overcome anger by love, overcome evil by good, overcome the miser by giving, overcome the liar by truth."17||"Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you."18
"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you."19
|"The world gives according to their faith or according to their pleasure: if a man frets about the food and the drink given to others, he will find no rest either by day or by night."20||"Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."21|
|Lose self to gain nirvana and escape from suffering.||Lose self to gain Christ and entrance into heaven, where there will be no suffering.|
We can summarize the above by listing the following areas of close agreement between Buddha and Christ:
So you can see why some historians and even myself have a very strong suspicion that either Jesus who pretended to be Jewish, so as to not upset his family members, as many Catholics and Islamic individuals do, but had actually adopted Buddhism and so brilliantly combined them both.
Or there already existed a group of Buddhist following Jews who deliberately created the character of Jesus Christ as a mediator for their ideology.
Christians have absolutely no evidence that I am wrong, anywhere, so, until they can find some Objective Evidence that demonstrates Jesus Christ existed and had absolutely no knowledge of Buddhism, those others and myself who have this Hypothesis can consider our Hypothesis as completely VALID.
It Stands As a Perfectly Valid Hypothesis* That Buddhism Created Christianity from Appending Its Doctrines to Judaism through Jesus Christ!
It has also been stated by some philosophers and historians that those Christians who believe in just following the teachings of Jesus Christ, ignore the Old Testament and the book of Revelations. i.e. Just believing in Jesus and his teachings will show you the way, are essentially Buddhists, not Christians, because those teachings originated from Buddha, not Jesus.
*Thanks Steve Earley for correcting my grammar.