Originally formed as a Jewish sect movement by the pacifist leader known as Jesus, born in Galilee around 500BB, evolved over the years into a more complex religion and eventually splitting over the course into several chapters, one of them located in Egypt realizing the similarities between Buddhism and their core beliefs eventually adopted them to create this religion. Over the Years the Mahayana Christians also known as Mahayanist, have become an important religion in the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe.
Jesus (later known as Christ or the Anointed) is a rebirthed follower of Buddha (known as Avalokiteshvara) whom tried to teach the Dharma of compassion above all, but failed to teach the Methodology (reinstated later). Not a Son of God nor a Messiah as some considered but a guide to save humankind from its destructive ways and hateful traditions. Even though he respected every gods, the Jewish Monotheistic God perceived as the original Creator of the world is the most respected, however the divine values for the world provided by Him, are nothing but a initial guide, not the definitive or absolute guide (due to the fact that this god is long gone absent from the current world). Jesus believed that the only way of salvation from the suffering was oneself. Born from his mother the Virgin Mary a young Jewish women from Galilee, little of Jesus' childhood is recorded in the canonical Gospels. During his late life he lived as a Bodhisattva and upon his death he remained as such to guide and help people on that state. At the age of 33 he was arrested and killed by crucifixion, by the ruling authorities who saw him as a menace to their power.
- The original Catholic "Apostles' Creed" developed by several sects was abandoned due to be considered a failed realization of the original truth conveyed by Jesus.
- The Jewish "Ten Commandments" have been recognized as a political law to control the society, being replaced on the spiritual path by a more simple approach: Love and respect everyone, cause everybody is connected.
- Jesus Crucifixion is considered an event product of its environment and decisions (Dependent Origination), not as an inevitable path of "atonement for the Sins of Mankind" as most initial followers stated, therefore, It's nothing but a sad event product of minds confused by anger and unsatisfaction (Kleshas or Passions of the Mind). The Cross is a symbol used to remember not the crime of the murder of Christ, but to remember the Impermanence and dynamics of the world (Samsara and Dukkha also known as Suffering). The Death and Resurrection of Jesus is considered a mere temporary state followed by Jesus to explain the Impermanent and Illusionary aspect of the so-called "reality".
- The "Karma" is the result of our actions and thoughts in the world which set us free or entangle us in suffering, Gods and Boddhisattvas can have a minor influence in our Karma, but the final result is product of us not of any God's Grace.
- Holy Scriptures: The Mahayanist considered the Bible his main holy scripture (consisting only of several chapters written after Christ's death, while rejecting the original "Torah"), while Buddhist Suttras such as the Diamond and Lotus sutra are also recognized as important.
- Eschatology: The Wold's End prophecies are nothing but a misinterpretation of the Samsara's Circle, which is a never ending cycle of birth and death, recognizing however The "Last Judgment" every life suffers at it's end, product of our personal Karma, which determines the following life.
- Death and Afterlife: It's nothing but a product of the Samasara and our perception of it, there's no re-incarnation, instead there's recognized an instance known as a "rebirth" in which the death person returns according to his/her Karma.
It's common to find in Mahayana Christianity shaven priests, bells and rosaries, images and holy water, popes and bishops, and abbots and monks of many grades, processions and feast days, confessional and purgatory, and its worship of the double Virgin, paralleling the Lamaist beliefs and Practices in Tibet. Saints are people that due to their lives following the Path of Jesus and attaining the State of Boddhisattvas are considered worthy of recognition, since they are "lights that guide the adepts through this worlds".
A traditional Mahayanist rite is the "Mass" performed during New or Full Moon days (or nights) in which every follower must assist to the temple to practice meditation and Eucharist.
- Baptism: A mere symbol to socially recognize the young adept as a follower of the doctrine, it's done as a representation of the purification the new follower is going through.
- Eucharist: A representation of the Last Dinner, used to remember the last teaching of Jesus: "We all are one".
- Meditation: Every Mahayanist must meditate at least one time per day about himself and the world, following the tradition established by Buddha himself.
- Confirmation: is a public profession of faith prepared for by long and careful instruction. Confirmation teaches Baptized Mahayana Christians who want to become followers of the doctrine, on the Dharma, the Beliefs, The sacraments, the Meditation, the life of Jesus and Buddha, the Nirvana and the Boddhisattva's way.
- Matrimony: is a civil union between two adult persons (same sex marriage is accepted), acknowledging a public relationship between them both.
- Holy Orders (Also Known as Sangha): Each individual is expected to fulfill his Dharma in everyday life. However those who are willing to pursuit a life dedicated exclusively to serve the others and to reach the Boddhisattva state and eventually the Nirvana, can be appointed as part of the Sangha community to fulfill a role according to its will.
- Anointing of the Sick: A symbolic way to bring peace to the deceased/dying and their families/loves one. The process of this rite consists of laying on of hands and/or anointing with oil; while the form consists of prayers (some of them shared with the Tibetan Rite).