The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus

The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus

by Dalai Lama
     
 

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In this landmark book of interfaith 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. Drawing parallels between Jesus and the Buddha—and the rich

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In this landmark book of interfaith 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. Drawing parallels between Jesus and the Buddha—and the rich traditions from which they hail—His Holiness delivers a profound affirmation of the sacred in all religions. Readers will be inspired by the Dalai Lama's discussion of the endless merits of each tradition and uplifted by the common humanity between them.

Editorial Reviews

Robert Kiely
"[The Dalai Lama's] reading of the meeting between Mary Magdalene and Jesus in Saint John's account of the Resurrection brought many to tears. It would be hard to say exactly why. Some said later that it was as if they were hearing the words for the very first time, as though their tenderness and mystery and beauty had been taken for granted and were brought to life again, like a gift from an unexpected courier."
Huston Smith
"Arguably the best book on interreligious dialogue published to date. One does not say such things lightly, but in a very real sense this is a holy book."
Timeline
"One hopes for more interfaith dialogues such as this one."
Tricycle
"Models the elements of a meaningful interfaith dialogue."
Booklist
"Stirring and revelatory commentary on the Gospels."
Shambhala Sun
"A fine addition to the growing body of literature on Christian-Buddhist discussion."
Utne Reader
"An illuminating handbook for the study of both religions."
Books & Culture: A Christian Review
"The Jesus who emerges from this exegesis is a person remarkably similar to the Dalai Lama himself: someone able to hold passionate commitments about the religious life, to advocate those teachings to others, but to do so in a way that unifies people around their common humanness rather than destructively promoting division."
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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780861711383
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date:
07/10/2005
Edition description:
PBK
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
471,817
Product dimensions:
6.15(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.68(d)

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