Write a compare and contrast essay focusing on the Buddha of India and Jesus of Nazareth. Based on our explorations of the life of the Buddha of sixth century BCE, and that of Jesus of Nazareth of the first century CE, compare and contrast the two religious figures, both of whom founded important world religions. What are the cultural and sociopolitical conditions surrounding them? What symbols are associated with them? What miraculous or extraordinary events are associated with them? What were their messages? What do the similarities and differences tell us about their journeys as spiritual and perhaps political figures?