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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. Original.
Paperback, 153 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Orbis Books (first published 1975)
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Kelly
"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
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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.

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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.
Jeremy
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
Jenna
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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His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world.

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