The question of Rudolf Steiner’s relationship to Buddha is too big to tackle in a short article because his indications about Buddhism are copious and far-reaching. I do provide many selections of remarks Rudolf Steiner made about Buddha and Buddhism at the end of this article. Some of the indications of Steiner about spiritual aspects of Buddha’s life and mission are almost too incredible to imagine. The Bodhisattva, who became the Gautama Buddha, has a profoundly diverse spiritual expression that seems to have no end and sounds more like a legend or myth rather than a human being. From Siddhartha Gautama’s past work on the planet Mercury, to his work currently on the planet Mars, Buddha’s manifestations are at the heart of human development and hold a key to countless mysteries which work into our modern age.

Buddha’s three turnings of the Wheel of Dharma in Sixth Century B. C. Northern India created 84,000 spiritual pathways into the teaching of enlightenment. This body of work, and its commentaries on the refined points of mental training, has created a many traditions that are almost impossible to comprehend throughout the many schools of practice, languages, and traditions. Gautama Buddha has led the other Bodhisattvas, like: Skythianos, Zarathustra, Manes, Christian Rosenkreutz, and Elijah through the dark times of Kali Yuga and into the new age of light called Satya Yuga. Buddha taught and inspired Saint Francis and together they now work in the realm of Mars to bring peace and harmony to the beings who live there. Buddha over-lighted Saint John the Baptist and the Twelve Apostles and he donated his perfected astral body to Jesus of Nazareth in the manger. Buddha teaches us the path of the Bodhisattva to Buddhahood through his life, and illuminates the mission of his successor, the Maitreya Buddha, who is now a Bodhisattva continuing the Christian work of Gautama Buddha.

One might think that we are inflating the influence of Buddhism on Steiner’s path of spiritual development but a careful examination of the Tibetan Buddhist’s spiritual path to enlightenment, called the Lamrim, show many similarities with the paths to enlightenment described in Steiner’s Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment. Some of the content is similar and the overall tenor of the two paths highlight the same wisdom. That is not to say that Steiner copied it; but suffice it to say, there seems to have been an extreme focus on the teachings and influence of Buddha and his path to enlightenment. Steiner is so impressed with


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