OK don't see a merge deal, so...
I don't see a thread on this yet (I thought I had started one on Buddha though), but I have here in my hands my World Religions text book (A Concise Introduction to World Religions by Willard G. Oxtoby & Alan F. Segal). In it, it compares Jesus to Buddha. Buddha did have disciples (5) according to this, which he told to carry the dharma to all the region of the world p 377. (The disciples were to carry Jesus's message around the world).
The night the Buddha was born a bright light illuminates world, marking a holy event (along with with the alignment of the constellation). There was a bright star when Jesus was born. Buddha was a virgin birth and so was Jesus. Both conceived miraculously. (Buddha's father the king took a vow a celibacy, while Mary was said to be an unwed virgin.) Both infants were born outside the house, Buddha in a grove, Jesus in a stable. Both births were announced by a bright light in the sky, and sages foretold that infants' future greatness. In both cases the births are announced by angels [actually stellar events if you read the texts]- to a meditating sage in one case, to shephards in the other. (p 384)
(The Temptation of Christ template? Luke 4):
Buddha goes (a spirit lead him into the wilderness) and sits under a Bodhi tree (at least he didn't condemn the poor tree) and this dude called Mara "the lord of death" arrives to tempt him. "Mara plays a role in Buddhism not unlike that of Satan in Christianity." (p 386) He tempts the Saviour, oops, no, the Bodhisattva (Buddha) to give up his mission by summoning his daughters, "whose names suggest psychological forces such as greed, boredom, and desire." That fails, so this Mara dude tempts him again by offering to grant any worldly wish if only he will go back home and live a life of good karma (merit) as a householder. (So therefore, if you will worship before me, all will be yours- Luke 4:7) The Bodhisattva says, "Um. No." Mara gets ticked and sends his sons, fear and anger, to attack Buddha, but "his spiritual power serves as a force field" to protect our hero.
OK that didn't work so the Mara dude takes a deep breath and challenges the Bodhisattva to a debate- tells him to go jump off the cliff and have the angels save him less he stubs he foot against a stone (Luke 4:9-11).
Oh wait, I'm mixing up my stories again because they are so much alike, but our hero does perform a miracle and causes an earthquake to get rid of our evil dude.
So the little ordeal is over between Jesus and Satan... No, the little Bodhisattva and Mara that is. He has a three watch night and becomes enlightened. Then he goes back to his doubting Thomas friends who are mad because he left them and all. He tries to explain that he can teach them great things and they say, "Yeah right! Get out of here!" Then Buddha starts to glow, "they see his aura" (HOLY COW! IT'S JESUS CHRIST AS THE H.S.!) and then he delivers the Sermon on the Mount... No... The Wheel-Turning Discourse Sermon with the Four Noble Truths in Deer Park.
The next 45 years, Buddha goes around throughout the land ordaining disciples and teaching.
The great sacrifice?
His disciples and he go to this guys house for dinner and are served this foul smelling mushroom dish. Buddha says, "No, only serve me." He becomes ill. "Master, if you die what shall we do? Who will lead us?" The Compassionate One Je... whoops, did it again... Buddha tells them "Forgive our host for he knows not what he does." Actually the book says, "He tells his disciples not to blame the host, who meant well and tells them to follow the dharma." Then he dies. (p 386-389)
Way too much similarity there, just as there was with Buddha's virgin birth, which is HEAVY with astrotheology. Don't anybody say our Acharya is wrong in her books.