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One Heart: Universal Wisdom from the World's Scriptures
     

One Heart: Universal Wisdom from the World's Scriptures

by Bonnie Louise Kuchler, Sylvia Boorstein, Andrew Harvey
 

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The purpose of One Heart is to illuminate the common sacred ground at the heart of seven faiths: Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism. Its method is to identify 65 essential principles, among them: Feel what other people feel; Don't harm others; Lead with virtue and concern for others; Be honest; Practice what you preach; Be

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The purpose of One Heart is to illuminate the common sacred ground at the heart of seven faiths: Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism. Its method is to identify 65 essential principles, among them: Feel what other people feel; Don't harm others; Lead with virtue and concern for others; Be honest; Practice what you preach; Be content; Don't let anger take over; Choose your companions wisely; Accept the existence of spiritual beings; Seek and you will find. Illustrating each principle are one, two, or three quotations (adding up to more than 600) from a wide variety of texts sacred to each of the seven faiths—including the Old and New Testaments, the Talmud, the Mahabarata, the Tao Te Ching, the Bhagavad Gita, the Analects of Confucius, and many other sacred sources. In addition, each chapter also provides guidance on a spiritual theme or practice—prayer beads, a home altar, labyrinth walking—to enhance our understanding of these wise words and universal principles.

Editorial Reviews

Healing Lifestyles & Spas
This compilation comes at a time when differences seem to be pervading our thoughts . . . We should try and see our similarities.
Sep/Oct 2004 issue
Honolulu Star Bulletin
If people adhered to the values presented in One Heart . . . people would think with compassion rather than greed, humility rather than pride, they would be honest, self-controlled, faithful. They might even be happy. Wouldn't that be something?
September 20, 2004
Herald Sun Sunday
Kuchler turns to the scriptures of many faiths to find compassion, acceptance, humility, integrity, faith, wisdom, discipline and surrender.
Australia, September 19, 2004
Library Journal
A compilation of more than 600 quotations from sacred texts, this provides a glimpse into the core values of seven faith traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Western religions) and Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, and Taosim (Eastern religions). It includes excerpts from holy books such as the Talmud (Judaism), New Testament (Christianity), the Qur'an (Islam), the Dhammapada (Buddhism), the Analects (Confucianism), the Bhagavad Gita (Hindusim), and the Tao Te Ching (Taoism). Indeed, the book succeeds in illustrating the shared teachings of these religions with respect to issues of virtue, heart, and conduct. Yet editor Kuchler (Just Moms; Just Dads) wisely notes, "It's my hope that One Heart in no way trivializes the rich genuine differences between religious traditions." This is a light yet profound read that even includes spiritual exercises or practices. Although it's not a scholarly text, students of comparative religion may consult it for a quick reference and its bibliography. For public and academic libraries.-C. Brian Smith, Arlington Heights Memorial Lib., IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786728206
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
03/05/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
2 MB

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Honolulu Advertiser
Need a spiritual lift? Look to the heart, or "One Heart," by Bonnie Louise Kuchler.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
A great tabletop book . . . Pick it up when seeking wisdom on acceptance or anger or goodness or compassion.

Meet the Author

BONNIE LOUISE KUCHLER is a writer and editor whose six previous books include Just Moms, Just Dads, and Just Sweethearts. She lives in Hawaii. SYLVIA BOORSTEIN, co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, is the author of Pay Attention, For Goodness' Sake. ANDREW HARVEY is the author of The Return of the Mother, The Way of Passion, and The Direct Path.

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