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Living Buddha, Living Christ / Edition 1
     

Living Buddha, Living Christ / Edition 1

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by Thich Nhat Hanh, Nh at Hanh
 

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ISBN-10: 1573225681

ISBN-13: 2901573225686

Pub. Date: 09/28/1997

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

"When you are a truly happy Christian, you are also a Buddhist. And vice versa."


-- Thich Nhat Hanh

Buddha and Christ, perhaps the two most pivotal figures in the history of humankind, each left behind a legacy of teachings and practices that have shaped the lives of billions of people over the course of two millenia. If they were to meet on

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"When you are a truly happy Christian, you are also a Buddhist. And vice versa."


-- Thich Nhat Hanh

Buddha and Christ, perhaps the two most pivotal figures in the history of humankind, each left behind a legacy of teachings and practices that have shaped the lives of billions of people over the course of two millenia. If they were to meet on the road today, what would each think of the other's spiritual views and practices?

The bestselling author of Peace is Every Step, and one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers in the West, Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh has been part of a decades-long dialogue between the two greatest living contemplative traditions, and brings to Christianity an appreciation of its beauty that could be conveyed only by an outsider. In a lucid, meditative prose, he explores the crossroads of compassion and holiness at which the two traditions meet, and reawakens our understanding of both. "On the altar in my hermitage," he says, "are images of Buddha and Jesus, and I touch both of them as my spiritual ancestors."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901573225686
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Edition description:
OP
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Brother David Steindl-Rast, O.S.B.     XIII
Introduction   Elaine Pagels     XIX
Be Still and Know     1
Mindfulness and the Holy Spirit     13
The First Supper     25
Living Buddha, Living Christ     34
Communities of Practice     60
A Peaceful Heart     74
For a Future to Be Possible     87
Taking Refuge     115
The Other Shore     131
Faith and Practice     158
Mindful Living Journal     199
Glossary     209

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Living Buddha, Living Christ 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thich Nhat Hanh really deepened my faith with this book. It was so good that I read the entire book in about four hours. What he does in this book is really compares two different religions. But, he also mentions, or infers, that buddhism is not a religion. Rather it is an understanding or a way of living. And when you apply this way of living with your spiritual and daily life, then you have a match made in heaven. I am a devout catholic, but I practice buddhism every day. It helps me calm my anger and harness all of that energy, and turn it into something useful, like love. So if you are looking for some way to pick your life up or to just be happier, I really reccomend that you read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a practicing Buddhist, and great fan of Thich Nhat Hahn, but am also a devote Christian. I do not believe that Buddhism offers the same kind of spiritual salvation that Christianity does, however, I also am convinced that Biblical Christianity falls far short of providing the necessary tools to find the kind of salvation that Buddhism offers. Ancient and modern forms of Christian prayer do not help us effectively listen and recieve God's guidance as well as Buddhist practice. Real trial and error, and life experiences will show you this. Any assertion that one cannot recieve wisdom outside of the Bible is based solely in fear and indicates a lazy mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Buddhist have a wide array of beliefs as do many followers of any religion. Although the views in this book have merit and at times make excellent points, I felt that serveral times there was bias. I do enjoy that this book is a buddhist teaching both buddhist and christians alike about Christ and his teachings and the fact that many relate to the the teachings and practices of Buddha. its one of those, 'from another point of view' books. It has helped me a great deal with my religious and spiritual conflicts and has allowed me to express a more open view of all beliefs. A sudden understanding that in the end we all believe the same basic idea.
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