Overview


In this landmark book of interreligious dialogue, the Dalai Lama provides an extraordinary Buddhist perspective on the teachings of Jesus, commenting on well-known passages from the four Christian Gospels including the Sermon on the Mount, the parable of the mustard seed, the Resurrection, and others.
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The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus

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Overview


In this landmark book of interreligious dialogue, the Dalai Lama provides an extraordinary Buddhist perspective on the teachings of Jesus, commenting on well-known passages from the four Christian Gospels including the Sermon on the Mount, the parable of the mustard seed, the Resurrection, and others.
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Editorial Reviews

Terry C. Muck
...[T]he Dalai Lama is charismatic, dedicated, and wise. His celebrity is earned....his book...merits consideration by Christian readers.
Books & Culture: A Christian Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The result of the Dalai Lama's decision to lead the 1994 John Main Seminar sponsored by the World Community for Christian Meditation, this book is a record of the seminar. It is refreshing to read the Dalai Lama's meditations on the New Testament selections, many of which he had never read before this seminar but which are among the most familiar for Christians. As His Holiness thinks about famous passages like the Sermon on the Mount Matthew 5:1-10 and Jesus' resurrection appearance to Mary John 20:10-18, we see them from the entirely new perspective of Tibetan Buddhist spiritual knowledge and understanding. Consequently, familiar passages are renewed and opened to unexpected insights. In his readings and his dialogues with other seminar participants, the Dalai Lama establishes himself as an authentic presence respectful of Christian traditions. Indeed, he insists that his purpose in the dialogues is not to cast doubt on Christianity but to help others rediscover the deeper meaning and power of the Christian tradition. This is a fascinating book which deserves a great deal of attention in these times of multicultural exchange. Oct.
Library Journal
In 1994, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, exiled leader of Tibetan Buddhism, participated in a series of conversations with Christian leaders in London about the relationship between Buddhism and Christianity. With his typical modesty and eloquence, the Dalai Lama here looks at selected Gospel accounts of Jesus' life and work through the lenses of Buddhism. For example, reading a passage in which Jesus requires his disciples to take nothing with them on their journey, the Dalai Lama compares this command to the Buddhist monk's vow of simplicity and modesty. Sparkling wit and compassionate understanding mark these penetrating insights of the Dalai Lama into spiritual foundations of two of the world's great religious traditions. Highly recommended.
Terry C. Muck
...[T]he Dalai Lama is charismatic, dedicated, and wise. His celebrity is earned....his book...merits consideration by Christian readers.
Books & Culture: A Christian Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861719525
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 6/10/2005
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 473,064
  • File size: 819 KB

Meet the Author


Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, was born in northeastern Tibet in 1935. He is widely recognized as both the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. In 1950, Tibet was invaded by China, leading to His Holiness’s flight into India in 1959. Since then, His Holiness has resided in Dharamsala, India, the site of the Tibetan-government-in-exile. In recognition of his tireless work for the liberation of Tibet, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
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Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader
Preface
Introduction 1
1 A Wish for Harmony 35
2 Love Your Enemy (Matthew 5:38-48) 45
3 The Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-10) 53
4 Equanimity (Mark 3:31-35) 67
5 The Kingdom of God (Mark 4:26-34) 71
6 The Transfiguration (Luke 9:28-36) 89
7 The Mission (Luke 9:1-6) 95
8 Faith (John 12:44-50) 111
9 The Resurrection (John 20:10-18) 117
The Christian Context of the Gospel Readings 131
Glossary of Christian Terms 149
The Buddhist Context 165
Glossary of Buddhist Terms 177
Notes 193
Tibet Since the Chinese Occupation in 1950 201
Biographies 202
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2002

    Good Interfaith Dialogue

    One need not be a Buddhist to gain wisdom from any of the Dalai Lamas book, and personally I believe any Christian who wants to better understand what unites believers of Buddhism and Christianity will enjoy this book. I find value in books that have gems of wisdom similar to mine regardless of the religion, and this is one of those books.

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