Living Buddha, Living Christ
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...more
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...more
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...more
"Thich Nhat Hanh's ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity." --Martin Luther King, Jr.
He draws so many beautiful parallels between Buddhist and Christian practice. I will be blogging more about this soo...more
There are aspects of Christianity that are internalized as Buddhism is, but the book ignores the fact that Christianity is entirely built on one true authoritative God. If salvation comes from INSIDE of you, then you're not re...more
But Thich Nhat Hanh is talking to everyone here. Everyone can reach enlightenment. You don’t have to be a monk. You don’t even have to be Buddhist. In fact, he encourages non-Buddhists to stick to the religion that they were raised in. Connecting to, and reverence of, ancestors, he says, helps to root us. But these are not just genetic ancestors. Thich Nhat Hanh considers Jesus to be a spiritual ancestor.
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Having been brought up in the evangelical Christian tradition many of the gospel texts were so well known to me that they had lost all power and meaning, this treatment from another faith tradition brought ne...more
A couple of my favorite quotes from the book (pg. 151):
"The Buddha was not against God. He was only against notions of God that are mere mental constructions that do not correspond to reality, notions that prevent us from developing ourselves and touching ultimate r...more
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