1John Alan Shope = "After years of studying both. I'm convinced they were very much alike. I'm personally convinced that Jesus did encounter Buddhist monks as a young man and was deeply influenced by them. The Christian story of Three Wise Men from the East visiting Jesus at his birth, most likely had it's roots in a much later encounter between Jesus and Buddhist monks. In my humble opinion, Jesus was more Buddhist than Christian. I even wrote a poem expressing this idea, https://www.onfaith.co/commentary/jesus-and-buddha"