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The Raft is Not the Shore: Conversations toward a Buddhist/Christian Awareness

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A new dialogue between the radical Jesuit priest and the Vietnamese Zen master covers a wide range of topics relevant to the Buddhist-Christian relationship, including war, peace, death, Jesus, and the Buddha.
Paperback, 153 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Orbis Books (first published 1975)
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I have come to really enjoy Thích Nhất Hạnh's writings. Unfortunately, the coauthor is Daniel Berrigan, who has a loathsome background. The book is essentially a transcript of a recording of the two discussing their perspectives on how politics and the state have usurped religion for their agenda. The talk was held after the Vietnam war, but still pose some thoughts in light of radical ISIS today. Berrigan, in my opinion is so full of himself, that he pontificates throughout the book (discussion ...more
"Each of us has to build a pagoda. 'This pagoda cannot be built by stones and sticks and things like that, because this pagoda is a sanctuary where you have a chance to be alone and to face yourself, the reality of yourself. If you don't have a pagoda like that to go into each day, several times each day, then you cannot protect the Eucharist, you cannot protect yourself, and you cannot protect the world from destruction."

"We cannot say when the fruit of such an act will come, because there are
Tom Webb
Buddhist-Christian awareness...begins with a meditation on death....what it is...what it's not

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A quiet, deep and rich book exploring a variety of topics drawing from each mans creative interpretations of their respective religious traditions. Together they express themes of mutual interest: death, exile, value and dark side of religious traditions, community, government and religion, economics and religion, forming communities of resistance in a violent world.

This book should be rea
Jeremy Grainger
I'm re-reading this book which came out at the end of the Vietnam war -- a fascinating dialog between radical Jesuit priest Daniel Berrigan and the Vietnamese Buddhist monk and teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh. In the 70s, I read this as a young Catholic and activist, who was considering his calling. (I was thoughtful enough to not answer that problematic and patriarchal phone call!) The times have changed (or have they?) The messages here haven't lost their resonance.
Amazing, amazing book by 2 activists, one Christian and one Buddhist, on the intersection of thought and philosophy between Buddhism and Christianity. Both religions, while having significant differences and interpretations, also have closer parallels that you might think
Great book! I love Thich Nhat Hanh. He is so inspirational and it makes me want to become a buddhist. I also quite liked the Christian monk Beringer. I thought he had an interesting perspective on christianity.
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Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in southwest France where he was in exile for many years. Born Nguyễn Xuân Bảo, Thích Nhất Hạnh joined a Zen (Vietnamese: Thiền) monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate. Upon his ordination as a monk in 1949, he assumed the Dharma name Thích Nhất Hạnh. Thích is an honorary ...more
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