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The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus [Kindle Edition]

The Dalai Lama , Robert Kiely , Laurence Freeman , Thupten Jinpa
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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In this landmark book of interfaith dialogue, the Dalai Lama provides an extraordinary Buddhist perspective on the teachings of Jesus, commenting 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--His Holiness delivers a profound affirmation of the sacred in all religions. Readers will be inspired by the Dalai Lama's discussion of the endless merits of each tradition and uplifted by the common humanity between them.

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From Publishers 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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

This is a record of a meeting in London in 1994 at which the Dalai Lama read selections from the Gospels and commented on them from a Buddhist point of view. (LJ 7/96)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 496 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (June 10, 2005)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XF1LO8
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128 of 133 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was hoping for, but very good nonetheless December 15, 1999
By Buckeye
It seems strange to rate anything involving the Dalai Lama. As far as I'm concerned, he is far and away the finest and wisest human being alive. So not giving this book the full "five star treatment" feels strange to me. So here's why I only gave it four...
This is a very good book that centers around issues involved in christian-buddhist dialogue. I don't think it's as good a treatment as Robert Aitken's The Ground We Share - but it's very good nonetheless. However, it could have been SO much better if it had instead addressed the gospels from the point of view of what they mean in light of buddhist approaches to leading a good life, rather than what they mean with respect to more theoretical views on buddhist cosmology, questions of christian-buddhist doctrinal similarities and differences, etc.
Most of the Dalai Lama's books are very, very good in terms of relating buddhism to real life. Reading the Dalai Lama in this regard is in every respect a religious experience as well as a useful experience in learning to live a good life. However, over all I found The Good Heart to e a rather dry - though certainly scholarly - treatment of how buddhism and christianity compare and contrast with one another.
So, if you're interested in buddhist-christian dialogue on doctrinal matters, this would be a very good book for you. However, if you're looking for something more along the lines of what the Gospels really MEAN in terms of developing and nurturing a "good heart" - this is not it.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Heart - Good Marriage March 10, 2006
My wife is a practising Catholic, while I'm a practising Buddhist.

This meaningful book help guide our family spiritual practice, to the dismay of some fundamentalists/extremists from both sides.

May all beings be well and happy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful December 22, 2004
I've come to a point where I've realized that I've never come across a book by the Dalai Lama I didn't like. By no means does this book break away from that strict principle. While I agree with a previous reviewer who stated this kind of work isn't unique anymore, that by no means lessens the significance of Buddhist-Christian dialogues which are now taking place. If we want to be precise in the matter, Thomas Merton basically paved the way years ago with works like "Zen and the Birds of Appetite" or his lesser known "The Asian Journals." In any case, I'm here to offer you a review of the book you came to purchase today, not a rundown in inter-religious meetings in literature.

This particular work is really a transcript of a seminar H.H. the Dalai Lama had given in London back in 94 to a group of Christians. What he did was use the teachings of Jesus that paralleled with the Buddhist vision of things like world peace and universal compassion; it was truly an exceptional presentation. I doubt there are many other Buddhist teachers who could have handled this sort of discourse with questioners any better. The Dalai uses pieces such as The Sermon on the Mount (along with various other New Testament scriptures) to lay the groundwork for an erudite explanation on how what the Buddha had taught was not too dissimilar from what Jesus Christ had taught; having said this, I will note that His Holiness did not go so far as to ever state they were the same.

You and I probably know that indeed there are some fundamental differences contrasting the Buddha from Jesus. Even still, this does not discount the importance of such an encounter or the benefits many people will experience in reading it - Christians and Buddhists alike will enjoy this work tremendously, and it could make it hard for someone on the sidelines trying to choose a spiritual path to make a concrete decision...

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended for mixed families! February 10, 2001
I tend to follow the precepts of buddhism and my wife is a religious catholic. The Dalai Lama makes a great and successful effort at bridging whatever gaps he finds in the two philosophies. The anecdotes and points he made in this book allowed my wife and I to really communicate on an otherwise sensitive topic.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it November 12, 2006
It is always gratifying (to me anyway) to see how others see Christianity. I feel the Dalai Lama (as well as one or two other "non-christian" authors) capture the spirit of Christianity and truly understand it. This was a wonderful read and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bridges not walls book of great value May 9, 2001
One need not be a Buddhist to gain wisdom from any of the Dalai Lamas book, and personally I believe any thinking person whose life isn't ruled by fear, but by a quest to better understand what unites believers of Buddhism and Christianity, should like this book. Let me note I am non religious.

The Dalai Lama is one of the gentle men of the world, ripe with leaders who see and even follow thru with acts of violence against those who disagree with their political and yes, sadly, their religious views/beliefs.

I happen to be somewhat odd in that I love and often find value in books that have gems of wisdom that similar to mine, but from different religions. This book also might remind readers of another gem Zen Way Jesus Way.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Perspective on Christianity August 9, 2002
When I discovered that a book existed on this topic, I was skeptical as to the book's value. Although this book is short in length with less than 200 pages, it is full of wisdom.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is given various passages from each of the four Gospels and is asked to evaluate them. His Holiness only evaluates the meaning of the passages while avoiding criticizing Christianity. Because he believes there is no right answer, the Dalai Lama the value in having multiple religious faiths over one dominant religion. His Holiness give a new and valuable perspective to important passages of the Gospels. Christians seeking new meaning for their faith will find value in these evaluations. Similarly, Buddhists will be enlightened by the Dalai Lama's thoughts on the life of Jesus Christ. As a whole, this is a valuable read for all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Spiritual
Important read for all Christians. Regardless of your denomination, this book teaches the importance of deep prayer and silent personal reflection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great inspirational and informative book
This book offers a wonderful comparison between Christian and Buddhist beliefs. It explores the beliefs the two faiths share in common and their differences. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Dubious Disciple Book Review
The premise for this book is fantastic! Talk His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, into speaking before a Christian audience in Middlesex University, London. Read more
Published on March 25, 2012 by Dubious Disciple
3.0 out of 5 stars Wo is me :)
I thought this book would be more of a comparative rendering of the Buddhist perspective on the teachings of Jesus. I have not found that to be the case just yet. Read more
Published on October 30, 2011 by Douglas R. King
5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Heart
Excellent book!!! This one I will be sharing with my parish priest. I have heard the Dalai Lama speak in person but this book addresses my own Christian teachings and believes and... Read more
Published on May 22, 2011 by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars A meaningful and successful exchange
This book does not aim at giving a thorough treatment in comparing Christianity and Buddhism, or presenting how a Buddhist monk views Christianity. Read more
Published on December 30, 2009 by Paul
3.0 out of 5 stars I found it lacking
I like what a reviewer below said, that this book is written with a you are holier than thou attitude. It's very accurate. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh eyes on becoming like Jesus
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Published on January 10, 2008 by Brian Griffith
3.0 out of 5 stars An Introduction to Buddhism
this is a very special book, that is why i have given it three stars. i believe that all christians should aquire some knowledge and experience of buddhism, this would clearly make... Read more
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