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Living Buddha, Living Christ 10th Anniversary Edition [Kindle Edition]

Thich Nhat Hanh , Elaine Pagels
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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10th 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? In this classic text for spiritual seekers, Thich Nhat Hanh explores the crossroads of compassion and holiness at which the two traditions meet, and he reawakens our understanding of both.

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About the Author

A rare combination of mystic, scholar, and activist, Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers in the West. Poet, Zen master, 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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  • File Size: 572 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead; Anv edition (March 6, 2007)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159448239X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594482397
  • ASIN: B000SEHE66
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113 of 117 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Different Religions-Same Message April 27, 2008
By Shona
In this short and effectual book, Thich Nat Hahn draws substantial paralells between two completely different religions from different spheres. He is asking us to look at the similarities rather than the differences. He is asking for inter-faith cooperation and communication. And, he is asking for tolerance and compassion, which Buddhism and Christianity, Hahn supposes, ask of us.
He also seems to be asking the narrowness and exclusivity that can be in Christianity, to create a space and a tolerance for other religions. But he says this on subtle levels, and with a consciousness that both religions are equally vital. At one point he states "It is not only true that Christians need Jesus, but Jesus needs Christians also for His energy to continue in this world" (p.73).
He is speaking of an aliveness that is dynamic in the practice of ones' faith. It is directly experiential. It is about bringing the presence of our minds, hearts, Holy Spirit, or however one chooses to frame it, directly into a practice such as a prayer or meditation.
He states this from a spiritual standpoint, not an intellectual one. He states it within a context of a mystic, not orthodox.
The reader may complain that he reframes Christianity in Buddhist terms. However, this is what is to be expected from a devout Buddhist.
He has opened his mind to creating a dialogue between two religions which seem to be at odds with each other, to effectively create peace, love, compassion, and harmony in the world. I believe this is what both Buddha and Jesus came here to teach.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book January 21, 2009
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This is a great book for thinking about the shared spiritual essence of Buddhism and Christianity. When those of different faiths disagree, they do so on points of dogma. About charity, compassion, or love, there is no disagreement, especially when these are manifest qualities of a spiritual life. Thus "the letter kills, but the spirit gives life". This is a book primarily about the spiritual life, and the unity thereof, although it also discusses the similarities and differences of specific teachings of Buddha and Christ.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating May 16, 2008
As with his other works, Hahn's thoughts are always illuminating. I use illuminating in a very deliberate manner: he helps show us the way but is not the way(as the Buddha said, my finger may point you to the moon but my finger is not the moon). The ways of thinking expoused by both belief systems work best when they are lived. And that's his Big Idea: it is living the precepts, not thinking about them or even believing them, which is what matters. When they are lived, that is true prayer. He suggests how to do so. The book is an extended meditaion on this core idea. Good intro by Pagels.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great commentary on both Buddhism and Christianity February 5, 2010
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I don't always like Thich Nhat Hanh's way of looking at Buddhism--he's sometimes too touchy-feely for me, and he gets a little repetitious with what I think can be interpreted as an over-emphasis on mindfulness at the apparent expense of the other seven parts of the eightfold path. Also, I'm not particularly interested in Christianity.

That said, this is a great book! By focusing on similarities and relationships between the dharma and Christian practice, to which most westerners will relate, he makes Buddhist concepts like emptiness much more "graspable" to the western mind. I imagine there are Christians who will object to some of his interpretations of Christian doctrine, but overall, it's a good study.

I facilitate a Buddhist meditation practice group in Florida, and know there are many Christians who are interested in Buddhism, meditation, etc., but don't want to give up their Christian beliefs. This book provides a good framework for integrating the two practices. I highly recommend it, and also the companion work, "Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers."
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeper Meaning September 20, 2008
I am a Catholic and this book helps me to understand the true meaning of my faith. Shows you how much we have in common. What does it mean to live a peaceful life with yourself, nature and your surrounding.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lotus in the Cross and the Cross in the Lotus October 25, 2011
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Review of the two Books, 1) The Lotus and the Cross by Ravi Zacharias and 2) Living Buddha Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh

"Awareness and faith are reflections of two Truths." Poem by Andrew Harrell about the One Buddha who is God's Son Christ Jesus

"If we are only who we are, then who are we? And, If I AM is not who I am, then who will be?"

I have studied both these books and thought about the arguments in both of them for several years now. The one gives me reasons, some of which are based on the Bible, why I should think of my future as superior to those who don't believe in the same theology as myself. The other concentrates on practical techniques to be more aware of both my impermanence, how to look deeper and be more compassionate to those around me, to be more open to change (independent of theology).... But, also my permanent divine inheritance as a living gift inside of the present moment. I prefer the second.

Many Christians are quick to criticize those who teach the Buddhist and Hindu Yogic techniques of individual contemplative prayer as being un-Christian. But, after 40 years of practicing them, I am certain they are very similar to those which Jesus studied and spent a lot of time practicing when he walked on earth the for first time about 2000 years ago. One criticism is that this type of contemplative prayer does not request anything from God, it only seeks to understand how we can exist better as human beings in this present moment. Therefore, the argument goes, since we are trying to understand ourself better instead of God and since human nature is flawed in itself (something which I totally agree with) we are doomed to suffer repeated failure in these attempts.
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Purchased as a gift for my husband. He loved the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brings Christianity and Buddhism together beautifully
I don't want to use the word "struggle"...but I will. I have struggled with my Christian upbringing and my spirit being drawn to Buddhism. Read more
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This is the second purchase of this book. First one was accidentally destroyed by a banana in a backpack.. lol! Amazing book, must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. This book solves much of the problem with ...
Excellent. This book solves much of the problem with those of us who see value in both Christianity and Buddhism. Author Hanh is easy to read. Read more
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Great book on christ and buddha
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book was a good education.
This is a religion I knew very little about and was pleasantly pleased to be able to read about it and especially to have it compared to my Christian background. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
I enjoyed the book and opened my eyes to some of the intolerance in my own life. Will read his others.
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Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk, a renowned Zen master, a poet, and a peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1967, and is the author of many books, including the best-selling The Miracle of Mindfulness.

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