Carlisle & District

Buddhism in Early Christianity

Group Leader:Paul Greenaway
Contact:Please use Members Portal on Beacon
Date of Meeting:1st Tuesday of each month
Time:10.30 to 12.30
Area of Venue:Carlisle centre

What we do:

Using works of historical enquiry, aided by some linguistic analysis, we look at contributions from the Mystery Religions, particularly the Egyptian variant and from northern India into early Christianity. Recent scholarship supports a view of strong cultural influence along the Silk Routes which rose to a peak between 200 BC approx. and 200 AD approx. The flow was two-way but possibly stronger from East to West.

Using sceptical enquiry not hagiography (biography of saints) it is hopeful that this study group will offer adventure to the mind. We will try to use historical probability rather than belief to link speculative probing to an emerging groundwork of historical fact.

We will study a well researched work as a basic starting text: The Original Jesus: The Buddhist Sources of Christianity by Gruber and Kersten (Element Books 1995). Group members read a chapter of this book before each monthly meeting, which we then discuss as a group.

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Buddhism in Early Christianity Cinema Studies
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Diabetic Support Digital Camera
Discussion Egyptology
English Folk Dancing Environment
Exercise on Chairs Family History
Gardening for Pleasure Italian Improvers
Jazz Appreciation Journey into the Bible
Knitting - Helping Hands Leisurely Walks
Line Dancing Mahjong
Meditation & Mindfulness Memory Course
Middling French Music Appreciation Group One
Music Appreciation Group Two Painting for Pleasure
Philosophy Discussion Group Play Reading
Poetry Appreciation Quiz Group
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Shabashi - seated Shabashi - standing
Singing for Pleasure Spanish - Improvers
Sunday Lunch Group Table Tennis
Tai Chi (Monday) Tai Chi (Tuesday)
Tai Chi (Wednesday) The Quilters
The Readers The Scrabblers
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