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So everyone knows that monasticism came from Buddhism and was later adapted by Christianity. But did you know that prayer beads, the ropes used to count prayers also came from Buddhism, and its predecessor, Hinduism? In fact they did not come to Christianity until after Islam had borrowed this practice from Buddhism even!

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Feb. 15th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
Actually, you're wrong. Catholic rosaries are derived from a western variant upon the Eastern Orthodox kombosxini, "prayer rope," which has its origins in the Egyptian Christian ascetics of the deserts. Christianity did not borrow anything from Buddhism, and absolutely nothing from Islam. If anything, Buddhism rose on its own, and Islam, more likely, was influenced by the Eastern Orthodox desert seers they encountered immediately in their expansion.
Feb. 17th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
DO you have any proof of that? I would be interested in any documentation of this.
Feb. 18th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
Well, come on. Before I show you any "proof," you might as well show me "proof" to substantiate your daring claim that the Catholic rosary is derived from the Vedic tradition of japa mala's. How would this even, at all, occur? Show me the contacts that would have administered such influence. It is only reasonable to assume that Catholic rosaries have some origin in the Eastern Christian kombosoxini since both the Catholics and Orthodox share a common Tradition pre-1054 schism.

This is all aside from your blatant error of over-eagerly stating that "monasticism came from Buddhism and was later adapted by Christianity." This is frankly a bunch of a absurdity. Who is "everyone" you hurriedly annotate as well? No appropriate, sensible scholar would agree with that. From both an academic and creedal stance, it is safe to say that monasticism arose within Christianity itself - due to its socio-political context, inherent austerity and asceticism. Monasticism arose naturally out of Christianity. There is evidence of hermetic (not cenobitic, which took form much later via St. Anthony and St. Synckletike) monasticism existing from the very early stages of Christianity, who probably inherited it from a form of Second Temple Judaism.

You seem like a wishful thinker. That's nice, but it fails to hold when one looks at history and religion critically and with a careful eye.