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Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers Paperback – Deckle Edge, October 1, 2000
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This book is recommended for any spiritualist, but mostly for the Buddhist struggling with his/her innate sense of Christianity, or for the Christian who wishes to incorporate Buddhism into his/her life.
As in most conversations, we are likely to find ourself going over ground we have already covered, but each time with the master to guide us, some new element is added for us to think about. The master does not judge us, but accepts us as we are and, in fact, teaches us to move away from making judgments to a genuine attempt to understand the unique importance of the family and background of each individual. This is the rock on which to build our life. For some whose family background is part of their problem of finding balance and wholeness in their life, the challenge of accepting what can't be changed and understanding the suffering of those who have come before us may be too great a task without help from thoughtful and caring friends.
This conversation with the master will also be difficult for those people who come to the discussion with an absolute conviction of the truth value of their religion. Clearly, the master sees himself as both a follower of Jesus and the Buddha and he sees no contradiction in his position. For the master, Jesus and the Buddha are truly brothers. They both loved others unconditionally and wanted only the best for everyone. Their lives were perfect examples of death to a self that had any concern for personal gain. They owned nothing and lived on the charity of others.Read more ›
Much to my disappointment, I found this book to be slanted to the audience that is already Buddhist and struggling with reconciling an affiliation toward Christianity. Viewing the book from an opposite perspective made me feel somewhat isolated. The book is essentially a series of discussions led by Thich Nhat Hanh in which Christianity and the life of Jesus is placed in a Buddhist perspective. Heavily laced with discussion of Dharma, the dialogue frequently loses sight of Christianity or gives an explanation is much too simplistic.
Parts of the book are really worth reading. However, the flaws I found in the book may create a feeling of isolation with some readers. Yet the flaws I find in this books may allow this book to be of greater use to other readers. As an alternative, I would suggest "The Good Heart" written by the Dalai Lama.
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This is a great book, and I was sorry when I finished it. I wanted it to keep going on. Very heartwarming, deep, and inspiring summary of both the Buddha and Jesus' teaching. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Francer
Another wonderful book by Thich Nhat Hanh. Understanding both the Buddhist teachings and Jesus teachings what a great way to look at the world how both can learn from each other. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leah
great book of interest...Buddha and Jesus believers will really like.Published 2 months ago by Sunshine
I like Thich Nhat Hanh but he knows very little of Christianity. So, so disappointed in this book.Published 3 months ago by djc
One of the best books I have ever read. I love the wisdom and energy that Thich Nhat Hanh shares so gently and lovingly but also reading his words in this divine writing has... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Coral Shaull