yeah, yeah, yeah...I'm behind on my blogging. It's been a real blizzard of doing my business's taxes and having a little too much life on the side. So tonight, instead of part 2 of the "America's Worst Meltdown" or my newest project on the Sweating Sickness outbreaks in England during Tudor times, I offer up a blog by a Buddhist monk which left me howling with mirth, especially when I realized I had my leg pulled.

I have very little to say today because someone has done the debunking ahead of me.  So I'm going to be lazy and point you to the blog of a Buddhist monk in Singapore.  His name is Shravasti Dhammika, which is enough of a typing twister that I will refrain from repeating it.

Let me first present what this gentleman posted that inspired today's blog entry.

First, the monk's blog starts out with this picture of a road sign pointing to Christ's grave:


Next there is a photo of a sign at the grave site which has the following text:

Christ's Grave

When Jesus Christ was 21 years old he came to Japan and pursued knowledge of divinity for 12 years. He went back to Judea at age 33 and engaged in his mission. However at that time, people in Judea would not accept Christ's preaching. Instead they arrested him and tried to crucify him on a cross. his younger brother Isukiri casually took Christ's place and ended his life on the cross.

Christ who escaped the crucifixion went through the ups and downs of travel and again came to Japan. He settled right here in what is now called Herai Village and died at the age of 106.

On this holy ground there is a dedicated burial mound on the right to deify Christ and a grave on the left to deify Isukiri. The above description was given in a testament by Jesus Christ.

I really love the totally Japanese name for Jesus's brother who would have been a first century Galilean jew.

In the blog, the above sign is followed by a picture of the grave itself:


Under the grave photo is the punch line which states:

Of course all this is nonsense. Everyone knows that Jesus survived crucifixion and went to India and died there.

After this howler of a statement, the monk provides links to three of his other blog posts where he discusses the travels of Jesus Christ to India and other non-Levant locations.

If we stopped here, you might consign this blogging Buddhist to the same landfill as the folks who believe Jesus married Mary Magdalene, moved to France and had kids. But in the quest to leave no citation unverified, I found that the links to the monk's other blog posts reveal not a crackpot but a man who did his research and wrote a really tight debunking of Christ's alleged travels outside of the Holy Land.

This Buddhist monk was not wrong on the internet even though that was my first impression. His remark that everyone knows Jesus went to India was sarcasm, which I didn't pick up on until I checked his other blog posts.  If you missed the sarcasm, you might believe this monk actually believed that Jesus traveled to India. The moral to this story is always check out citations: just because something written has a citation doesn't mean it's true.  There are lots of people out there who lie with citations in the same manner that other people lie with statistics.  It's common enough that lying with citations is one of my favorite targets on this blog.

This guy's blog on Buddhism is first rate and you should check out his posts on the so-called travels of Jesus. Normally I'd do my own debunking on Jesus going to India but this Buddhist monk has done such a fine job that I don't think I can improve on his posts at all.  Here are the links so you can check them out for yourself: