Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings

Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings

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ISBN-13: 9781569751695
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Publication date: 01/28/1999
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 205,853
Product dimensions: 4.75(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Marcus Borg is the author of the best-selling Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time. He lives in Portland, OR. Jack Kornfield is the author of the best-selling Buddha's Little Instruction Book. He lives in Woodacre, CA.

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Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The into explains that the author is not trying to state that the teachings are the exact same or that Jesus was preaching Buddism. The author is just trying to show that these two different religious leaders, seperated by 500 years and thousands of miles had similar messages. The author is not trying to draw any conclusions, just pointing out the similarities and for the reader to drawn their own conclusions. Yes, a little more insight into the parrallel teaching would have been nice, but that isn't what the author was trying to do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
would like to have seen more than on comparison per page. i think they could have done more if they had used the available space better. enjoyed reading it though. comparisons were good. learned some things i did not know.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I appreciate Marcus Borg as a writer and as a very special human being. His other books represent the best in contemporary 'Jesus Scholarship' but Marcus combines that with a winsome attitude, a readable style, and a profound spirituality that is unique. This book is helpful for those who want to affirm that God is at work in ways and places no human can fully comprehend, and by comparing the sayings of Bhudda and Jesus, those of us who see ourselves as 'nonexclusive' Christians can find a lot of affirmation of that through this book. My only reservation is it tends to 'homogenize' Jesus and Bhudda. Some of the sayings which Marcus sees as parallel are for me more like 'similar.' That is not bad, it is just important, at least to me, to make sure I am 'hearing' each of them in their uniqueness, not just their simlarity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thiss book shows how no matter what religion, no matter if you worship jesus christ, or budda that they teach you about the same things that leads to the great lessons that they both teach us. Even if you are not any religon (like I am) this shows that no matter what religion you are ,or if you aren't any that all of the lessons lead to teach you about god. I think this is a great book for any body who enjoys reading about religion!
eightambliss on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Jesus and Buddha is a wonderful, enlightening book that compares the similarities in the lives of Jesus Christ and Buddha.Both were of virgin birth, both healed the sick, were tempted by the devil, ate with prostitutes and taught the way of life, leading their disciples and followers down a path of better living.I was given this book as a gift by my mother and will forever treasure it. As someone who was raised as a Christian, but came to believe in the teachings of Buddha, this is a wonderful way for someone to see that they are following the right path, no matter if they see themselves as Buddhist or Christian. It also makes a wonderful book for new believers of either faith. Highly recommended and very easy to read-I don't think it is possible to be disappointed.
DubiousDisciple on LibraryThing 17 days ago
Three thousand miles from where Jesus was born, another miraculous birth occurred: the Buddha. As the Buddha walked on water, passed through walls, and raised the dead, so did Jesus in his day. As the Buddha fed 500 with a few small cakes, so did Jesus work with loaves and fishes. Five hundred years after a terrible earthquake marked the death of the Buddha, the earth shook again when Jesus breathed his last.Given the eerie parallels between these two lives, one naturally wonders if their teachings were also similar. In a book that is probably best read as a daily devotional, Borg provides a ¿Jesus¿ saying on the left side of each page, and a parallel ¿Buddha¿ saying on the right side. Here are some of my favorites:Jesus: ¿There is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.¿ Buddha: ¿Stealing, deceiving, adultery; this is defilement. Not the eating of meat.¿Jesus: ¿Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in a steal.¿ Buddha: ¿Let the wise man do righteousness: A treasure that others cannot share, which no thief can steal; a treasure which does not pass away.¿Jesus: ¿Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin.¿ Buddha: ¿Do not let there be a schism in the order, for this is a serious matter. Whoever splits an order that is united will be boiled in hell for an aeon.¿What is going on, here? Were Jesus and Buddha spiritual masters inspired by a single cosmic source? Is the Christian ¿very God of very God¿ one with the Buddhist ¿God of gods?¿ You can¿t help but be inspired as you contemplate the similarities of these two great religious leaders.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book lacked the good features. It had no plot, no action, no one even died. It doesn't help with religon. Kill Bill helps with religon more. This book is terrible. Don't buy it at all.