Living Buddha, Living Christ

Living Buddha Living Christ 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 the cour

  • Title: Living Buddha, Living Christ
  • Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • ISBN: 9781573220187
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 the course of two millennia If they were to meet on the road today, what would each think of the other s spiritual views and practices Thich Nhat Hanh has been part of a decades longBuddha 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 the course of two millennia If they were to meet on the road today, what would each think of the other s spiritual views and practices Thich Nhat Hanh has been part of a decades long dialogue between the two greatest living contemplative traditions, and brings to Christianity an appreciation of its beauty that could only be conveyed by an outsider In a lucid, meditative prose, he explores the crossroads of compassion and holiness at which the two traditions meet, and reawakens our understanding of both On the altar in my hermitage, he says, are images of Buddha and Jesus, and I touch both of them as my spiritual ancestors A rare combination of mystic, scholar, and activist, Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers in the West Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man, for he is humble and devout His ideas for peace would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity Dr Martin Luther King, Jr in nominating Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 Royalties from the sale of Living Buddha, Living Christ support Thich Nhat Hanh s work at Plum Village and in Vietnam, and the development of a residential retreat center in the United States.

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    1. One of the biggest problems I have with organized religion is the amount of time it spends trying to foist its ideals on you while trying to convince you that anything you believed before you came to them is wrong. Rest assured, I have no intention of doing that here. I was raised a Baptist, and baptized a Catholic. Yet I tend to find the most comfort in books centered around Buddhism. This is not to say that I am a Buddhist. I am spiritual, if a label must be assigned. I can see the benefit of [...]

    2. 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. 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 " [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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. G.K. 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 alikeThis is generally believed, and I believed [...]

    5. 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.

    6. It’s rare that in seminary we get assigned books that might find their way into an airport terminal bookstore or your local Barnes and Noble. This book was saved for last in a class investigating other religion’s portrayal of Christ. Having read little if any Buddhist works before, I didn’t know exactly how to charge into this book. 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 reev [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. I haven't read this book, but read many comments hereI once use to be buddist.d I know that there is a difference in the spirituality of being christian. 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 eternal l [...]

    9. 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 ). 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 [...]

    10. "The Gospels in their written or even oral form are not the living teaching of Jesus. The teachings must be practiced as they were lived by Jesus."-Thich Nhat HanhI didn't want this book to end. 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.I knew halfway through Living Buddha, Living Christ that I would reread it. Thich Nhat Hanh has a way of revealing trut [...]

    11. [Some notes taken from an interview Trich gave].Born in Vietnam, in 1926, Thích Nhat Hanh has been a prominent figure in Buddhist circles, especially for his role in the Vietnam War and the Peace (non-violent) movement the world over. He would be exiled for 39 years (it was like being taken “out of the beehive”). He was ordained a Buddhist monk at the age of 16. In 1965 he wrote a letter to Martin Luther King. Then they met in 1966 in the US. In Geneva, Martin L. King was called a "bodhisat [...]

    12. It is a mistake to read this book as comparing Buddha with Christ because Buddha is Buddha and Christ is Christ. 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 [...]

    13. 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. God/Christ/Buddha as spirit and not as some judgmental, external creator; the spirit that runs through our hearts as love/compassion/energy and which should (even as, more often than not, it doesn't) unite the world.

    14. My reading of this book resulted from the interest stone firmly wedged in the center of my mind. It’s not large enough to prevent me from moving around it but it is always there, tripping me up from time to time to gently remind me of its presence. 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.This isn’t quite what I wanted it to be but what I wanted isn’t exactly clear to me e [...]

    15. 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." I have never heard a fellow C [...]

    16. 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. So many insights here. Reading about Buddhist philosophy is often repetitive, but so far, I don't find it annoying b/c I have a horrible memory, one, and it reminds me of things I've already read, and two, it's like a meditation- reading the same things again. And different phrasing gives me different insights. Of course much of this, or any b [...]

    17. This is a thought-provoking and spirit-invoking book, an insightful synthesis and comparison of the Christian and Buddhist traditions. In particular, I appreciate that the author, Buddhist imminence Thich Nhat Hanh, treats each of these spiritual disciplines so respectfully in the attempt to bring about greater understanding of each of them individually and both of them collectively. Along the way, Thay (meaning "teacher," as the author is called reverently) manages to elucidate societal and spi [...]

    18. This was my first Thich Nhat Hanh read, and I am very much impressed. Lots of five star material here. I do have one warning if you decide to read this book. Do not read this book as a comparison of Christianity and Buddhism, but rather one man's spiritual journey. But I do believe the author is has an illusion about this journey. He describes himself as a man with two roots (Buddhism and Christianity) but he is really a man who has grafted Christianity onto his Buddhist root. How else could he [...]

    19. A lovely book on the similarities between Buddhism and Christianity from the lens of a renowned Buddhist hoping to provide a way for peace in the face of disagreement. Thich Nhat Hanh shows that there are many wonderful parallels between the two religions, as well as wonderful differences that devotees in both religions should consider and possibly benefit from. As he says, no religion has the monopoly on truth.It was interesting to read about Christianity from a decidedly Buddhist viewpoint, an [...]

    20. Living Buddha, Living Christ by Vietnamese Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh is a wonderful, encouraging look at the similarities between Jesus and his teachings and the Buddha and his teachings. It will be most beneficial to readers who have familiarity with both traditions and who are open to seeing the similarities between them, rather than just the differences.The Good - A fresh perspective on Christianity from a person of faith from another tradition. Full of insights on practices, beliefs, and expe [...]

    21. Much of what Thich Nhat Hanh writes about the similarities existing between Christianity and Buddhism are insightful and interesting. There is certainly a case to be made that the Kingdom of God and Nirvana are terms of art used to describe the same phenomenon. Additionally, Hahn's appreciation of Tillich's ground of being in light of Buddhist thought is compelling. Finally, I like the fact that the author makes clear that ecumenism should encourage a deeper appreciation of one's own tradition a [...]

    22. "When we look into the heart of a flower, we see clouds, sunshine, minerals, time, the earth, and everything else in the cosmos in it. Without clouds, there could be no rain, and there would be no flower. Without time, the flower could not bloom. In fact, the flower is made entirely of non-flower elements; it has no independent, individual existence. It "inter-is" with everything else in the universe. Interbeing is a new term, but I believe it will be in the dictionary soon because it is such an [...]

    23. If you're looking for a buddhist monk to support your belief that faith in jesus christ is the only way to salvation, this book is not for you. However if you're looking for a comparison of the similarities of the 2 dogmas this may just be the book for you. Buddha never said that you must believe in him in order to be saved from the pains of this world. Nor do we know that Jesus said this. Only the Bible tells us this but it also tells us that we are to be pure of heart. Buddhism is not against [...]

    24. There are many messages one can focus on when reading this book, but the ones that resonate with me were those of mindfulness, kindness and love. I like that he observes that when people get caught up in the appearances and dogma of their religion instead of actually living their faith, it is when intolerance and hypocrisy start (my interpretation). We are all interconnected and affect one another more than we know. This is not a discourse on the differences and similarities between Buddhism and [...]

    25. The title of this book is a bit deceiving, though I was glad for it, being of the spiritual and not the formal religion type. Though Thich Naht Hahn does draw parallels between God and Buddha, he introduces the reader, through simple yet brilliant analogies, to the world and metaphysical existence as seen and experienced through a Buddhist mind. He does an excellent favor to us all by showing that the world and our place in it is much less complex than many formal religions would have us believe [...]

    26. 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.

    27. This little book is a bit "Buddhism 101 for the modern person" and part "spiritual similarities between Christianity and Buddhism." Thich Nhat Hanh, the Buddhist Vietnamese peace activist and teacher was allies with other peace and justice activists including Martin Luther King Jr. and Daniel Berrigan. He spent a lifetime teaching the principles of Buddhism to westerners to try to make a better world.There is still work to be done. The least you can do is read this book.

    28. We are all cousins. Thich Nhat Hahn addresses the similarities between Buddhism and Christianity and the challenges we have to accept each other and to live as transcendent spiritual beings. I will be studying this book periodically, making new committments and checking my personal progress.I have recorded many quotes from the first half of the book, a little more. The rest of the book so challenges me that I would have to quote almost the entire text :-)I am grateful for this challenge.

    29. A good introduction to Buddhism for those raised with a Christian perspective. Many strong insights, practical practices, and nuggets of wisdom. A few moments fall flat. Some of the Buddhist philosophical discussions on the nature of reality may be overwhelming. Overall very worth reading!

    30. I loved the connections Thich Nhat Hanh was able to draw between Buddhism and Christianity--doing so in a way that honored the depths and the beauty of each tradition. I believe I'll read more of his work.

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