Living Buddha, Living Christ 10th Anniversary Edition

Living Buddha, Living Christ 10th Anniversary Edition

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by Thich Nhat Hanh
     
 

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"[Thich Nhat Hanh] shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth." —His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for a Nobel Peace Prize, Thich Nhat Hanh is one of today’s leading sources of wisdom, peace, compassion and comfort.

The 20th anniversary edition of the classic text, updated, revised,

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"[Thich Nhat Hanh] shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth." —His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for a Nobel Peace Prize, Thich Nhat Hanh is one of today’s leading sources of wisdom, peace, compassion and comfort.

The 20th anniversary edition of the classic text, updated, revised, and featuring a Mindful Living Journal.

Buddha and Christ, perhaps the two most pivotal figures in the history of humankind, each left behind a legacy of teachings and practices that have shaped the lives of billions of people over two millennia. If they were to meet on the road today, what would each think of the other's spiritual views and practices? 

Thich Nhat Hanh has been part of a decades-long dialogue between two great contemplatice traditions, and brings to Christianity an appreciation of its beauty that could be conveyed only by an outsider. IN lucid, meditative prose, he explores the crossroads of compassion and holiness at which the two traditions meet, and he reawakens our understanding of both. "On the altar in my hermitage," he says, "are images of Buddha and Jesus, and I touch both of them as my spiritual ancestors."

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man, for he is humble and devout. He is a scholar of immense intellectual capacity. His ideas for peace if applied, would build a monument of ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity." —Martin Luther King, Jr.

"He shows us the connection between personal, inner peace, and peace on earth."—His Holiness The Dalai Lama

"The message: Peace, love, and compassion are central to the teachings of Buddha and Christ, and people of both faiths should be tolerant of one another." —The Washington Post

Terry C. Muck
Thich Nhat Hanh's....attempts to distill from what Christians say and believe about Jesus Christ a picture that comports well with a similar picture of ...Buddha — someone interested in the health and welfare of all sentient beings. —Books & Culture: A Christian Review
Library Journal
Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Naht Hanh is one of the most respected and revered religious figures in the modern world. During his lifetime he has engaged in a dialog with important Christian figures like Thomas Merton, Dan Berrigan, and Martin Luther King Jr. Here Thich teaches that, contrary to Pope John Paul's assertion of the narrowness of Christian salvation, the concept of mindfulness is the common ground that Buddhism and Christianity occupy. The Buddhist monk explores the ways that each religious community enacts its beliefs, faith, and practice through love, understanding, acceptance, and interbeing. The book is marked by the beauty and simplicity of Thich's mindful wisdom, his evocative prose, and his lucid insights. Highly recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594482397
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2007
Edition description:
10th Anniversary Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
42,169
Product dimensions:
4.68(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Twenty years ago at a conference I attended of theologians and professors of religion, an Indian Christian friend told the assembly, "We are going to hear about the beauties of several traditions, but that does not mean that we are going to make a fruit salad." When it came my turn to speak, I said, "Fruit salad can be delicious! I have shared the Eucharist with Father Daniel Berrigan, and our worship became possible because of the sufferings we Vietnamese and Americans shared over many years." Some of the Buddhists present were shocked to hear I had participated in the Eucharist, and many Christians seemed truly horrified. To me, religious life is life. I do not see any reason to spend one's whole life tasting one kind of fruit. We human beings can be nourished by the best values of many traditions.

Just as a flower is made only of non-flower elements, Buddhism is made only of non-Buddhist elements, including Christian ones, and Christianity is made of non- Christian elements, including Buddhist ones. We have different roots, traditions, and ways of seeing, but we share the common qualities of love, understanding, and acceptance. For our dialogue to be open, we need to open our hearts, set aside our prejudices, listen deeply, and represent truthfully what we know and understand. To do this, we need a certain amount of faith. In Buddhism, faith means confidence in our and others' ability to wake up to our deepest capacity of loving and understanding. In Christianity, faith means trust in God, the One who represents love, understanding, dignity, and truth. When we are still, looking deeply, and touching the source of our true wisdom, we touch the living Buddha and the living Christ in ourselves and in each person we meet.

In this small book, I shall try to share some of my experiences of and insights into two of the world's beautiful flowers, Buddhism and Christianity, so that we as a society can begin to dissolve our wrong perceptions, transcend our wrong views, and see one another in fresh, new ways. If we can enter the twenty-first century with this spirit of mutual understanding and acceptance, our children and their children will surely benefit.

Meet the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk, a rare combination of mystic, scholar, and activist and one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers in the West. Poet, Zen master, and chairman of the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation during the Vietnam War, he was nominated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Living Buddha, Living Christ 10th Anniversary Edition 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
JimmyMac More than 1 year ago
I am reminded that there are many ways to say the same thing. The sayings of the gnostic Jesus, the traditional Jesus, the Buddha. We have often interpreted the message to suit our institutional needs, but the message really was always the same, regardless of the messenger: Love one another. This is a beautiful book, easy to read, portable, easy to carry with you on your lunch break. Read it sitting outside with the birds singing as spring approaches. Read it in bed before falling off to sleep. But by all means read it. And give thanks that people like Thich Nhat Hanh were given life, and reminded us how to live it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether you are a buddhist coverting to christian or a christian converting to buddhist, this book will definitely open up your heart, calm your mind, and enrich your soul. Most importantly, it will reawaken the 'Holy Spirit'--the Living Buddha and the Living Christ within you...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently began practicing Buddhism, and this book was one of the catalysts for me. The analogies between Buddhism and Christianity are interesting. I was impressed with his simple, common-sense approach. A very engaging writer. I plan on reading more of his works.
rochellej More than 1 year ago
As a beiliver in the Divinity of Christ and the teachings of Buddah I found this book to be a woulderful bridge that assisted me in my desire to make a connection between the two "religions".
chosen25 More than 1 year ago
It easier for us to point out each others flaws but from reading the book i found that we really are more alike than we would all like to think. Its a humbling feeling. There is no need to be better than, i think we can exist and let others believe what they will as long as we all respect one another. I finish the book and just re read it. Im going to keep reading it until it truly all sinks in. I dont want to miss a thing.
Lucilletln More than 1 year ago
Excellently written book about similarities of Buddhism and Christianity. Written from a perspective of inclusiveness it is this book is well suited to reader interested in starting a study of either Buddha or Jesus. May be a bit to "deep" for some readers but otherwise I recommend it highly. Excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Living Buddha, Living Christ offers a deep and rich insight into the similarities between Buddhism and Christianity. It’s quite surprising how similar the two religions can be. One would think that out of all the modern-day religions, if anything these two would be the least bit similar. However Living Buddha, Living Christ really shows the beauty of both. Just as Thich Nhat Hanh wrote, “We have different roots, traditions, and ways of seeing, but we share the common qualities of love, understanding, and acceptance.” As an atheist, I’ve always been interested in Buddhism, and its formation of a religion around existential beliefs. I’ve also always been a bit wary of Christianity. After reading this book, I gained a newfound respect and enjoyment of both religions. I think that because I’ve been raised in a society where the youth tends to rebel and go against their religious roots, I’ve always held a sort of grudge against Christianity and only acknowledged the things that I hated about it. Perhaps it was the comparison to Buddhism, a relatively peaceful and calm religion, that did it for me, but I’ve gained an appreciation for both, and a keenness to do something about it. Miriam AG
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