I did NOT find that to be so. Hanh is showing that the teachings of Buddha and Christ have the same message: love and acceptance, but that Christianity does not teach the love and acceptance that was the embodiment of Jesus' message. In several passages Hanh refers to the intolerance that Christianity has for other religions because of " I have read many reviews here on Living Buddha, Living Christ, and find that the general opinion is that Hanh is converging Christ and Buddha into one teaching.
In several passages Hanh refers to the intolerance that Christianity has for other religions because of "their notion that Christianity provides the only salvation and all other religious traditions are of no use. This attitude excludes dialogue and fosters religious intolerance and discrimination". Hanh is a brilliant Buddhist monk.
Living Buddha, Living Christ is an exceptional work on bringing peace and harmony between the two religions by showing similarities in the teachings of Buddha and Christ. View 1 comment. Sep 27, JJ Litke rated it it was amazing. Some reviewers seem to think Hanh doesn't understand Christianity. I think they're missing the point; this wasn't meant as an in depth dissection of that. So far, the book is just as I expected, a look at the similarities between faiths. And in that, I believe Hanh does an excellent job. As the book title clearly states, it is not just about Christianity, so if you'd like to read primarily about that, go back and note the Buddha part of the title and take a clue from it.
I suspect the Christians Some reviewers seem to think Hanh doesn't understand Christianity. I suspect the Christians who didn't care for the depiction might be harboring an agenda in favor of their own faith. If you are truly okay with the concept that other faiths don't discount your own, you should be fine with this book. If you are unsteady in your beliefs, or rigid in your opinions, or simply not interested in Buddhism, you should pass it over.
Apr 21, Skylar Burris marked it as unfinished Shelves: eastern-religion , christianity. I picked up this book because I thought it might give me some interesting insights into both Christianity and Buddhism as did Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit , but I chose not to complete it after a ways into it, because I found its picture of Christianity to be insubstantial.
Chesterton wasn't writing a review of this book, but he might as well have been when he said that people "are always insisting that Christianity and Buddhism are very much alike This is generally believed, and I belie I picked up this book because I thought it might give me some interesting insights into both Christianity and Buddhism as did Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit , but I chose not to complete it after a ways into it, because I found its picture of Christianity to be insubstantial.
This is generally believed, and I believed it myself until I read a book giving the reasons for it. The reasons were of two kinds: resemblances that meant nothing because they were common to all humanity, and resemblances which were not resemblances at all…That Buddhism approves of mercy or of self-restraint is not to say that it is specially like Christianity; it is only to say that it is not utterly unlike all human existence. Buddhists disapprove in theory of cruelty or excess because all sane human beings disapprove in theory of cruelty or excess.
But to say that Buddhism and Christianity give the same philosophy of these things is simply false. All humanity does agree that we are in a net of sin. Most of humanity agrees that there is some way out. But as to what is the way out, I do not think that there are two institutions in the universe which contradict each other so flatly as Buddhism and Christianity.
He seems somewhat condescending to those Buddhists and Christians who are shocked that he should have partaken of the Eucharist, but I have to say I find myself on their side; it's one thing to learn about a religion and take what insights you can from it; it's quite another to participate in its most sacred and private rituals without accepting the assumptions behind those rituals. The author rejects the idea that Christ should be regarded as "unique" as being a narrow minded sort of attitude; in short, he rejects the CORE Christian belief that Christ is MORE than any human being as being essential to Christianity before he embarks on his quest to draws parallels between Christianity and Buddhism.
This made me skeptical of the value of the parallels from the start. Oct 05, Carolyn rated it it was amazing. This book changed my traditional thinking of Christ as the Only Begotten Son of God, to more of an example and teacher, which makes more sense to me. The book is written with such a passive sense that it doesn't trigger religious defenses like most other church-related literature. I loved everything about it. View all 4 comments. Each came for different reasons. However, we as Christians can take some good tips from Thich in how he tries to establish dialog between the two sides and the good tips we can like learn from Buddhism such as living mindfully.
I wish the book didn't have the introduction of THAT woman! Yes, what is Elaine Pagel doing in a book like this? She needs to go back to her gospel of Thomas a It is a mistake to read this book as comparing Buddha with Christ because Buddha is Buddha and Christ is Christ. She needs to go back to her gospel of Thomas and leave such work alone. I loved what Thich had to say on dialogue on p. We in the Middle East are still learning the ABC of human dialogue and Thich is the best master here on topics like that of human communication.
It is a mistake to judge Buddhism and Thich from the outside. You would have to get inside that person and look "deeply" and get beyond rigid structured forms. I adore Thich. I can read all his books over and over and never get bored ever.
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It would be nice to own all these books and read them for a dose of serenity and inner refreshment. He does speak to my heart. View all 3 comments. I could write a review for this book, but I will repeat a quote given elsewhere by G. Chesterton, because I think it elucidates my opinion much more eloquently than I could myself.
Here Chesterton is engaging with a different author of a different book in a different time about Buddhism and Christianity, but I found Thich Nhat Hanh to be using some of the same rhetorical devices. The examples Chesterton uses are not present in "Living Buddha, Living Christ", but the spirit of the comparison st I could write a review for this book, but I will repeat a quote given elsewhere by G.
The examples Chesterton uses are not present in "Living Buddha, Living Christ", but the spirit of the comparison stays true. The reasons were of two kinds: resemblances that meant nothing because they were common to all humanity, and resemblances which were not resemblances at all. The author solemnly explained that the two creeds were alike in things in which all creeds are alike, or else he described them as alike in some point in which they are quite obviously different.
Thus, as a case of the first class, he said that both Christ and Buddha were called by the divine voice coming out of the sky, as if you would expect the divine voice to come out of the coal-cellar. Or, again, it was gravely urged that these two Eastern teachers, by a singular coincidence, both had to do with the washing of feet. You might as well say that it was a remarkable coincidence that they both had feet to wash. And the other class of similarities were those which simply were not similar. Thus this reconciler of the two religions draws earnest attention to the fact that at certain religious feasts the robe of the Lama is rent in pieces out of respect, and the remnants highly valued.
But this is the reverse of a resemblance, for the garments of Christ were not rent in pieces out of respect, but out of derision; and the remnants were not highly valued except for what they would fetch in the rag shops. It is rather like alluding to the obvious connection between the two ceremonies of the sword: when it taps a man's shoulder, and when it cuts off his head. It is not at all similar for the man. These scraps of puerile pedantry would indeed matter little if it were not also true that the alleged philosophical resemblances are also of these two kinds, either proving too much or not proving anything.
That Buddhism approves of mercy or of self-restraint is not to say that it is specially like Christianity; it is only to say that it is not utterly unlike all human existence.
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Chesterton, for sounding off from the grave. Dec 05, Will Waller rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , religious , motivational , textbook , self-help. Thich Nhat Hanh is an author who makes charging into anything a poorly planned exercise. Getting through half the book confused and unsure of his style, I reevaluated what I was doing and realized I was going to be confused by my M. So I stopped.
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Points are made like clouds, sometimes they follow previous thought clouds and other times they drift into oblivion. This book reminds the reader that concepts, the Self, disconnectiveness and the like are destructive approaches to a life that is interconnected. Hanh is rarely critical of much, but he does see the danger in the Christian ethic of building up the self in anticipation of heaven.
One does not act out of a selfish desire but because of their realization and mindfulness within the greater and more complete assessment of all life. While there are parts that do not resonate with me for instance, how he muddles the Eucharist into Christ being in me and I in Christ and the bread and wine all the same , his reminder to stop being so occupied with my own self is a helpful life approach. Great stuff here! He also has serious problems with approaching God through theology rather than the Holy Spirit which is God too.
God is not something that can be completely grasped through conceptual language but through experiential living. The Holy Spirit is perceivable, not definable. A true assessment in my book. Cloud-persons will definitely appreciate his hop-skip and jump style. View 2 comments. Jun 04, Sonia Turtle rated it really liked it.
This book was incredibly relatable to me because although I was raised in a Christian family as a church-going Christian, I've had the personal opinion that religion shouldn't have to fit a cookie-mold, and that picking and choosing aspects that you believe in from different religions should be perfectly okay if it resonates with your personal beliefs.
Thich Nhat Hanh describes many interesting parallels between Buddhism and Christianity, connecting food traditions to mealtimes in the Jewish fai This book was incredibly relatable to me because although I was raised in a Christian family as a church-going Christian, I've had the personal opinion that religion shouldn't have to fit a cookie-mold, and that picking and choosing aspects that you believe in from different religions should be perfectly okay if it resonates with your personal beliefs.
Thich Nhat Hanh describes many interesting parallels between Buddhism and Christianity, connecting food traditions to mealtimes in the Jewish faith, while also comparing mindfulness in the Buddhist faith with the Holy Spirit in Christianity. Referring back to his opinion that it is insightful to look into many aspects of the different religions, I feel like it is a good way of deciding which beliefs work best with your personal spiritual endeavors. But prior to reading this book, my thoughts on mixing religions with each other were quite muddled because I hadn't read any articles or writings about the subject, so this book gave me a much deeper and informative insight into the concept.
I found that before making assumptions as to the significance of traditions in religious institutions, it is important to look into the historical background and do research on the sacraments before making any decisions. This is a book that resonated with ideas I wasn't able to explicitly express so I will be purchasing my own copy of this novel.
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I definitely recommend the book to anyone looking into religious fusion and deciding whether there really are that many discrepancies between religions as the general public might believe. May 02, Inspired8 added it. I haven't read this book, but read many comments here I once use to be buddist.. Christ died for all, and rose again to the Father, and has granted all those who accept Him as Lord and savior to be apart of their lives, eternal life Anything that doesnt lead people to the truth about Christ and His being sent to die for the sins of all, and that God's love is the only motive behind this and why He desire's we have I haven't read this book, but read many comments here Anything that doesnt lead people to the truth about Christ and His being sent to die for the sins of all, and that God's love is the only motive behind this and why He desire's we have eternal life living, with Him I know many have had bad experiences in church, but God's love is the only reason He sent Jesus He wasnt only Christ I'm so glad to read that this monk has had great enlightment and experience in what he has spoken I pray all will find this path, and enter in through this gate..
He will be glad to prove Himself and answer you Oct 14, Ron rated it liked it. My son Ryan suggested this book to me. I found it very interesting. It compares the teaching of Buddha with the teachings of Christ. I think the right path is like the spokes of a wheel, leading to the center wherein lies the truth. I am sure this is not an original idea but I don't know where it came from.
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While most religious belief systems feel they are the only one, they all teach the same basic values but no one listens to anyone else and all seem to be groping around in a spiritual dar My son Ryan suggested this book to me. While most religious belief systems feel they are the only one, they all teach the same basic values but no one listens to anyone else and all seem to be groping around in a spiritual darkness. Feb 15, Katy rated it it was amazing. The teachings must be practiced as they were lived by Jesus. Just reading it made me feel mindful and peaceful.
Even the physicality of the book with its narrow pages and clean typesetting made me feel a depth I hadn't experienced in a long while. Thich Nhat Hanh has a way of revealing trut "The Gospels in their written or even oral form are not the living teaching of Jesus. Thich Nhat Hanh has a way of revealing truth in simple prose. While this one book contained many truths, one in particular jumped off the page repeatedly in my reading: Practice. Many of my doubts in the past five years have arisen from an inability to see Christianity as a religion of practice.
So much of what I had been taught from an early age was about belief. I felt that was missing from my roots and tradition. He believes that Christianity is about keeping Jesus' life, his practice alive through our practice as a community of Christians. For me personally, this thought rings true. In some ways, Thich Nhat Hanh is more relatable to me than even teachers of my own tradition because I know he's not selling theology or salvation as a belief, but salvation meaning love, understanding, and freedom as the result of practice, particularly mindfulness.
A Buddhist monk is suggesting in such simple language that we emulate the living Christ. That's a practice, a faith, a church, a spirituality, a religion I can back--emulating Christ. And in that emulation, it doesn't even matter what my personal beliefs are about the divinity of Jesus. What matters most is my belief in his life and its ability to teach me how to practice love, understanding, and liberation and to show compassion for others. I will go forward from these pages with an aim to practice the life of Christ and learn from the Buddha.
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Then they met in in the US. In Geneva, Martin L. King was called a "bodhisattv [Some notes taken from an interview Trich gave]. King was called a "bodhisattva"…and then they shot him in the US. In he was invited to France,where he's been living. Jul 21, Cyril Wong rated it it was amazing. Finally, a monk I can believe in! Thich Nhat Hanh's shining simplicity, generosity and compassion pours through every line in this book that fuses ideas from both Judeo-Christianity and Mahayana-Buddhism. My reading of this book resulted from the interest stone firmly wedged in the center of my mind. My life has been a bit off and the most recent stumble sent me towards the bookshelf where I happened to have a stack of Buddhism related books squirreled away.
The latter points back at me for not matching my interests better with the right reading material. So the rock still sits, more exposed than ever before which means I will need to head back to the book drawing board and find something more along what I think I am looking for. I really would like to beleive that Buddah and Christ brought the same message. I am very ipressed with the Buddhist practice of mindfulness and have started practicing it in my own life, but the more I read of this book the more convinced I become that Hanh does not understand Christianity.
For example on page 56 He says: "To him [a Protestant minister] love could only be symbolized by a person. That is why belief in the resurrection is so important to Christians. While Christians believe that God is Love, god is not a symbol of love but love is a symbol of God. Second, the main point of the resurrection is not that Christ and therefor love lives on. Christians believe that the spit of all of us will continue after death of the body.
The point of the restriction is it proved Christ was who he said he was and that God the Father accepted his atoning sacrifice on our behalf. This one didn't resonate at all for me. Looking at some of the other reviews, it does seem like the book did more or less what it was aiming to do, which I guess was to make Buddhism seem less scary to Reagan-era satanic panic christians.
I hope that's true. For me personally, I found it to be the weakest of his work that I've read, but I'm not exactly the target audience on this one so it's hardly a fair standard. Apr 28, Krystal rated it it was amazing Shelves: read , non-fiction , spirituality , april This book actually helped me to understand the teachings of Jesus so much better than all the Christian books and Bible's i've read and studied. Who knew it would be a Buddhist monk to do it! This book is amazing, I really enjoyed it.
Jun 10, Mack Hayden rated it liked it Shelves: religion. Little of it struck me as too profound, but it still was an edifying and enjoyable read. Became a vegetarian after reading this delight. Feb 07, Samantha Newman rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction , religionandthelike.
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I always enjoy reading about Buddhism. It relaxes me, centers me, and I find a lot of wisdom, truth, guidance and calm in it. So of course I enjoyed this. Collective awareness -B. Looking deeply -C. The highest form of prayer -D. Understanding brings liberation -E. Understanding brings compassion -F. Understanding transforms -G. Understanding ourselves helps us understand others -H. Understanding brings forgiveness Chapter Seven: For a future to be possible -A. Rerooting -B. The jewels of our own tradition -C. Cultivating compassion -D. Cultivating loving-kindness -E.
The oneness of body and mind -F. More than one root -G. Unmindful speech can kill -H. Mindful consuming -I. Real love never ends -J. Practicing and sharing Chapter Eight: Taking refuge -A. A safe island -B. Mindfulness is the refuge -C. The foundation of stability and calm -D. Embracing, not fighting -E. Touching the living Christ -F. A mini-pure land -G. Devotional and transformation practice Chapter Nine: The other shore -A. Continuation -B.
Manifestation and remanifesting -C. True faith is alive -D. Each moment is a moment of renewal -E. Enlightenment grows -F. Nirvana is available now -G. The extinction of notions -H. More time for your tea -I. The other shore is this shore -J. Everything can be spiritual -K. Touching the living Buddha -L.
Trees and birds preaching the dharma -M. Rinsing the mouth, washing the ears -N. The holy spirit can be identified -O. Touching the ultimate dimension -P. Touching the water within the waves Chapter Ten: Faith and practice -A. Penetrating the heart of reality -B. Only the son and the holy spirit know him -C. The substance of faith -D. Taking refuge -E. Interior recollection -F. Afflictions block the way -G. The abyss of doubt -H. The original mind -I. An expression of love -J.
How not to lose the contemplative life -K. Mindful living is possible -L. Our original purpose -M. The well is within us -N. Religious experience is human experience -O. Loving God is loving living beings -P. Empty of what? The nature of being -R. The ground of experience -S.
Concrete prayer -T. Total surrender -U. Two types of causation -V. Who is not unique? The difference is in emphasis -X.