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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 ...
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One Heart: Universal Wisdom from the World's Scriptures

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Overview

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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786728206
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 3 MB

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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Table of Contents

Preface xi
Editor's Note xv
Acknowledgments xvii
1 From a heart of compassion
Introduction 1
Feel what other people feel 3
Love people 5
Be a faithful friend 8
Help the helpless 11
Give 14
Do good deeds 17
Don't harm others 20
Spiritual Practice: Prayer Beads 23
2 From a heart of acceptance
Introduction 27
Look at the heart, not the face 29
Judge Yourself, not others 32
Forgive, and let go of resentments 35
Be impartial 38
Overcome hate with love 41
Live in harmony with everyone 44
Be tolerant of others' beliefs 46
Spiritual Practice: Lovingkindness Meditation 49
3 From a heart of humility
Introduction 52
Be humble and modest, not proud 54
Admit when you're wrong, and repent 58
Find harmony with your spouse 61
Honor your parents and respect your elders 64
Love and take care of your family 67
Lead with virtue and concern for others 70
Spiritual Practice: Home Altar 73
4 From a heart of integrity
Introduction 76
Examine your motives 78
Purify your heart 81
Be honest 84
Be trustworthy 87
Don't steal 90
Don't commit adultery 93
Practice what you preach 96
Don't be a hypocrite 99
Cultivate a strong work ethic 102
Spiritual Practice: Sacred Reading 105
5 From a heart of faith
Introduction 107
Believe your body is temporary, your spirit immortal 109
Live without fear of death 112
Know that truth is eternal, unchanging 115
Acknowledge an all-knowing presence 118
Seek and you will find 121
Recognize a loving, universal parent 124
Communicate through prayer or worship 127
Accept the existence of spiritual beings 130
Spiritual Practice: Worship Through Song, Dance, and Chant 132
6 From a heart of wisdom
Introduction 134
Know that you are accountable for your actions 136
Accept that you reap what you sow 139
Learn the difference between right and wrong 141
Avoid wrongdoing and its consequences 144
See your life as a journey--choose a wise path 147
See your heart as a garden--plant it well 150
See goodness as a light--turn it on 153
Choose your companions wisely 156
Learn from a wise mentor 159
Think for yourself 162
Spiritual Practice: Labyrinth Walking 165
7 From a heart of discipline
Introduction 167
Acknowledge your inner conflict 169
Control your thoughts 172
Meditate 175
Control your words 178
Be aware of the power of your tongue 181
Control yourself 184
Guard against lust 187
Conquer vices 190
Exercise moderation 193
Persevere through adversity 196
Spiritual Practice: Fasting 198
8 From a heart of surrender
Introduction 201
Accept circumstances 203
Don't let anger take over 206
Give up natural reactions for spiritual benefits 209
Be content 212
Give up self-gratification to obtain true happiness 215
Don't be greedy 218
Give up transient riches to gain everlasting treasure 221
Detach from the temporal; attach to the eternal 224
Spiritual Practice: Breathing 227
Bibliography 231
Permissions 243
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