In Search of the Christian Buddha: How an Asian Sage Became a Christian Saint

Author(s): Peggy McCracken, Peggy McCracken, Donald S. Lopez, Jr.

Closeup on a golden statue of Buddha (cover of book)


The fascinating account of how the story of the Buddha was transformed into the legend of a Christian saint.

The story of Saint Josaphat, a prince who gave up his wealth and kingdom to follow Jesus, was one of the most popular Christian tales of the Middle Ages, translated into a dozen languages, and cited by Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice. Yet Josaphat is only remembered today because of the similarities of his life to that of the Buddha.

Publication Information:

Publisher: Norton

Month of Publication: April

Year of Publication: 2014

Location: NY