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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, Laurence Freeman (Introduction), Thupten Jinpa PhD (Translator), Robert Kiely (Editor)
 

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This landmark of interfaith dialogue will inspire readers of all faiths.

In The Good Heart, The Dalai Lama provides an extraordinary Buddhist perspective on the teachings of Jesus. His Holiness comments 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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This landmark of interfaith dialogue will inspire readers of all faiths.

In The Good Heart, The Dalai Lama provides an extraordinary Buddhist perspective on the teachings of Jesus. His Holiness comments 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 — the Dalai Lama delivers a profound affirmation of the sacred in all religions. Readers will be uplifted by the exploration of each tradition’s endless merits and the common humanity they share.

Editorial Reviews

UTNE Reader
“An illuminating handbook for the study of both religions.”
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.
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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781614293255
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date:
03/22/2016
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
166,981
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. A beacon of inspiration for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists, he has persistently reached out across religious lines and to political leaders and scientists in dialogues advancing peace and understanding. For sixty years, he was the political leader of the Tibetan people, and in 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to secure a peaceful resolution to the Chinese occupation of his homeland.

Dom Laurence Freeman, OSB, is spiritual head of the World Community for Christian Meditation.

Thupten Jinpa Langri has been the principal English-language translator to the Dalai Lama since 1985. He has translated and edited many books by the Dalai Lama. He is currently the president and the editor-in-chief of the Institute of Tibetan Classics and currently chairs the Mind and Life Institute.

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