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Theravad and the sect of Essenes?





satksri
This is a question: Essenes- a sect contemporary with Christ- had two sub-sects: Practicacae (monastics dealing with practical aspects of communal life) and Theraputacae, those training to be healers. Therapeutics (or therapy) - the modern word has been derived from this sub-sect of Essenes, it seems.
On the other hand, Buddhism, when it went to Thailand, gave birth to Theravada: Path of the Elders (Thera).
I read somewhere that Theravada doctrine (or practices) had come to Judea with trading caravans, in BC era, and had interacted with Essenes, the Jewish sect. The two words: Theraputacae and Theravada- have some similarity. Has anyone ever come across something like this?
sachin
yagnyavalkya
Nazorean Essenes think that Sidhartha was not an enlightened due to his denial of the soul and rejection of non vegetarianism.
satksri
For the rejection of Non-vegetarianism? Amazing! Difficult to believe!
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