Living Buddha, Living Christ

Living Buddha, Living Christ

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"[Thich Nhat Hanh] shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth." —His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for a Nobel Peace Prize, Thich Nhat Hanh is one of today’s leading sources of wisdom, peace, compassion and comfort.

The 20th anniversary edition of the classic text, updated, revised, and featuring a Mindful Living Journal.

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 two millennia. If they were to meet on the road today, what would each think of the other's spiritual views and practices? 

Thich Nhat Hanh has been part of a decades-long dialogue between two great contemplatice traditions, and brings to Christianity an appreciation of its beauty that could be conveyed only by an outsider. IN lucid, meditative prose, he explores the crossroads of compassion and holiness at which the two traditions meet, and he 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: 9781573220187
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1995
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 233,741
Product dimensions: 4.88(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk, a rare combination of mystic, scholar, and activist and one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers in the West. Poet, Zen master, and chairman of the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation during the Vietnam War, he was nominated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for the Nobel Peace Prize.


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Twenty years ago at a conference I attended of theologians and professors of religion, an Indian Christian friend told the assembly, "We are going to hear about the beauties of several traditions, but that does not mean that we are going to make a fruit salad." When it came my turn to speak, I said, "Fruit salad can be delicious! I have shared the Eucharist with Father Daniel Berrigan, and our worship became possible because of the sufferings we Vietnamese and Americans shared over many years." Some of the Buddhists present were shocked to hear I had participated in the Eucharist, and many Christians seemed truly horrified. To me, religious life is life. I do not see any reason to spend one's whole life tasting one kind of fruit. We human beings can be nourished by the best values of many traditions.
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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 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 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.
JimmyMac More than 1 year ago
I am reminded that there are many ways to say the same thing. The sayings of the gnostic Jesus, the traditional Jesus, the Buddha. We have often interpreted the message to suit our institutional needs, but the message really was always the same, regardless of the messenger: Love one another. This is a beautiful book, easy to read, portable, easy to carry with you on your lunch break. Read it sitting outside with the birds singing as spring approaches. Read it in bed before falling off to sleep. But by all means read it. And give thanks that people like Thich Nhat Hanh were given life, and reminded us how to live it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether you are a buddhist coverting to christian or a christian converting to buddhist, this book will definitely open up your heart, calm your mind, and enrich your soul. Most importantly, it will reawaken the 'Holy Spirit'--the Living Buddha and the Living Christ within you...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently began practicing Buddhism, and this book was one of the catalysts for me. The analogies between Buddhism and Christianity are interesting. I was impressed with his simple, common-sense approach. A very engaging writer. I plan on reading more of his works.
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.
rochellej More than 1 year ago
As a beiliver in the Divinity of Christ and the teachings of Buddah I found this book to be a woulderful bridge that assisted me in my desire to make a connection between the two "religions".
chosen25 More than 1 year ago
It easier for us to point out each others flaws but from reading the book i found that we really are more alike than we would all like to think. Its a humbling feeling. There is no need to be better than, i think we can exist and let others believe what they will as long as we all respect one another. I finish the book and just re read it. Im going to keep reading it until it truly all sinks in. I dont want to miss a thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an easy read that makes connections with christianity and taking spirituality to a better understanding.
Lucilletln More than 1 year ago
Excellently written book about similarities of Buddhism and Christianity. Written from a perspective of inclusiveness it is this book is well suited to reader interested in starting a study of either Buddha or Jesus. May be a bit to "deep" for some readers but otherwise I recommend it highly. Excellent read.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Living Buddha, Living Christ offers a deep and rich insight into the similarities between Buddhism and Christianity. It’s quite surprising how similar the two religions can be. One would think that out of all the modern-day religions, if anything these two would be the least bit similar. However Living Buddha, Living Christ really shows the beauty of both. Just as Thich Nhat Hanh wrote, “We have different roots, traditions, and ways of seeing, but we share the common qualities of love, understanding, and acceptance.” As an atheist, I’ve always been interested in Buddhism, and its formation of a religion around existential beliefs. I’ve also always been a bit wary of Christianity. After reading this book, I gained a newfound respect and enjoyment of both religions. I think that because I’ve been raised in a society where the youth tends to rebel and go against their religious roots, I’ve always held a sort of grudge against Christianity and only acknowledged the things that I hated about it. Perhaps it was the comparison to Buddhism, a relatively peaceful and calm religion, that did it for me, but I’ve gained an appreciation for both, and a keenness to do something about it. Miriam AG
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. Wish I could be this well centered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book- changed my perspective on life...
judiparadis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lots to think about here as Nhat points out, once again, the deep parallels in spiritual thought between Buddhism and Christianity. There is so much here that seems intrinsically true about the need for love, caring for ourselves and one another. A true voice for peace.
cmiller237 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very interesting parallels from two faith traditions
devandecicco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting point of view, though ultimately somewhat unsatisfying. Hanh's primacy of the Holy Spirit, even if he is unorthodox, does warrant some consideration by the orthodox Christian.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I once heard it said that Buddha was not a Christian, but Christ would have made a good Buddhist. In this book Thich Nhat Hanh wraps his arms around Christianity, with mixed results. It is clear that there are elements of Christianity he either ignores, or does not understand. On the other hand, he pulls out things in the Christian Tradition, that Christians have ignored or forgotten. I highly recommend the book for anyone who is interested in a Buddhist take on Christianity, but if you want a Christian take on how Christianity can interact with Buddhism, I find Thomas Merton to be more engaging.
Othemts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent and thoughtful book on the spiritual parallels among the Buddhist and Christian faith traditions. Reading this book actually encouraged me to resume going to church at a time I wasn't going. Hanh's writing on the beautiful mystery of the Eucharist was especially moving.
chersbookitlist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thich Nhat Hanh is one of my favorite Buddhist authors. A prolific writer, he gives compassionate and wise guidance on the teachings of Buddha and the path of peace and mindfulness. In this book he goes further and reaches out to show compellingly how the essence of Jesus' and the Buddha's teachings are unified in love, compassion and non-judgment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great look at the ways that Buddhism and Christianity overlap in ideas and philosophies. A very enlightening read!
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Very insightful, this book aided in clarifying my thoughts regarding misperceptions I have had through the years. It has helped open my mind.
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