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Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings

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This beautifully designed gift edition of Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings is treasured for both its message and its presentation. The teachings whether about love, wisdom, or materialism of two great spiritual leaders from very different traditions guide readers along the same path. With 80 color photos and 20 color illustrations complementing the universal truths ...more
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Published May 14th 2014 by Ulysses Press (first published 1997)
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A selection of sayings taken from the Bible and from the teachings of Buddha, showing how these two holy men were very similar in their teachings of kindness and good will toward all mankind.

The mystery lies in the fact that how does Jesus, born five hundred years after Buddha and three thousand miles away, share the same underlying message in his teachings? To what degree, if any, did Jesus know of Buddha or are they simply sharing a universal message: that as humans, we should love each other,
Lee Harmon
Feb 01, 2011 Lee Harmon rated it really liked it
Three thousand miles from where Jesus was born, another miraculous birth occurred: the Buddha. As the Buddha walked on water, passed through walls, and raised the dead, so did Jesus in his day. As the Buddha fed 500 with a few small cakes, so did Jesus work with loaves and fishes. Five hundred years after a terrible earthquake marked the death of the Buddha, the earth shook again when Jesus breathed his last.

Given the eerie parallels between these two lives, one naturally wonders if their teachi
May 04, 2013 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book because I had developed a list of Buddhist sayings which were the same message as I have heard from Jesus. I have been pondering why so many people think that somehow being a Buddhist is wiser and more peaceful (and preferred) to being a Christian when the wisdom is the same. I fear it's because too many Christians are basically ignorant of the true Jesus. The USA style of Might-Makes-Right or the Fire-and-Brimstone style of religion has overshadowed the love, peace, joy and t ...more
Jun 07, 2009 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great idea for a book, but the execution wasn't what I had hoped for. It was as if Kornfield was matching on words rather than meaning. Many of the "parallel sayings" have similar words but appear to be expressing very different ideas. Moreover, missing from the book are some profound teachings that, though worded very differently, are present in Buddhist and Christian scriptures.

I suggest skipping Kornfield's take and read the source material yourself. The Dhammapada and the Book of J
Nov 07, 2007 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've often been struck on how similar all the Salvationist religions seem to be. It's unfortunate that most of the world chooses to ignore the similarities and instead wishes to hate each other based on doctrinal differences. Just look at the current Middle Eastern situation. No doubt there are many points of difference but it appears that all the major world religions share many common points as well.

This little book is a nice reminder of how the moral and ethical systems of all major world re
May 24, 2010 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this entire book in an hour on the elliptical.

The intro to the book and chapter intros were more interesting than the actual quotes.

Act on truth.
Be compassionate.
Trey Nowell
Feb 16, 2015 Trey Nowell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent fast read you can reflect on and contemplate. I've hear many try to argue Jesus and Buddha were vastly different. If you read the quotes here and the intro's to each chapter, that can easily be refuted. I continue to be amazed with how far ahead of the time their knowledge was beyond others, and if they existed today, it would still be far beyond. I would encourage anyone to read this book and see how much both had to offer, where both were movement initiators of their ma ...more
Peter Otis
A good, very brief introduction to the remarkable similarities in the recorded ethics, teachings, miracles and lives of Jesus and the Buddha. The book is organized into eleven thematic sections (e.g., compassion, wisdom, materialism, the inner life, temptation, salvation, etc.), each featuring verses from the canonical Gospels and Revelation (the author uses the new RSV and does not touch any New Testament apocrypha) on the left page of the book, juxtaposed across from correlating verses from Bu ...more
Dec 28, 2007 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
Why are so many Americans (read cultural Christians) drawn to Buddhism? Well, because it sure seems like Jesus was exposed to Buddhist teachings and incorporated them into his own ministry. Gasp! Something today's fundamentalists could never imagine or conceed, even after seeing how closely the wisdom teachings match.

The "Sermon on the Mount" was beautiful, both when Jesus gave it, and when the Buddha gave it 300 years earlier.
Brilliant explains a lot.
"A fascinating anthology of key beliefs within two of the world's great religions. ... If Jesus and Buddha were to meet, they would recognize one another as fellow prophets because they were teaching the same truths. This is the spirit conveyed, both in words and images, by this lavishly illustrated gift book.

Readers will cherish both the book's message and presentation. Here are two great spiritual teachers from two very different traditions guiding us - whether talking about love, wisdom, or
Benjamin Vineyard
May 17, 2014 Benjamin Vineyard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Walk where there may be life ahead. Fix your eyes on that hope and then see all that is living come before your glance as a gift - the eternal and perfect come to you in this moment, now.

This is the Way. It is to see God and Life as we are meant to see them - freed from distraction and self-preoccupation.

This book is a meditative collection of that sort of seeing. Though stripped from their greater stories of faith and wisdom, what's here is entirely livable, entirely freeing, yet it must be c
Oct 16, 2008 EunSung rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i think the editor devalues the differences in jesus and buddha. if we are looking specifically at the text, some instances do correspond, but the context in which the texts of buddha and jesus arose from were not really talked about. also, you cannot abstract the teachings from the life of the people who have applied them. it is not so clear cut to reduce message of Christ and Buddha to mere ethics. there has been justification on both fronts for using their beliefs to justify oppression and vi ...more
Deborah Schuff
I bought this book from a Goodwill listed in Amazon's Marketplace. I paid $1.53 ($3.99 shipping). Having read the Bible several times and having read about Buddhism in books about world religions, I was interested in seeing the comparisons. I hadn't expected this book to be so lovely! Jack Kornfield gives a two-page introduction and Marcus Borg a four-page preface and a three-page introduction. The rest of the book is divided into different topics with one or two quotes per page and is filled wi ...more
Jim Edmonds
Feb 28, 2013 Jim Edmonds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm adding this beautiful book to the small permanent pile on my nightstand. Sometimes we need a thought starter, an inspiration, a perspective, or just a zen like, calming thought. Marcus Borg has produced a succinct comparison of two of the world's great religions, by comparing the sayings of the two great leaders(?) Jesus and Buddha. This can be read sequentially or browsed for philosophic inspiration. The philosophic parallels are striking between these two men, as are the differences. Rathe ...more
Feb 11, 2008 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the ghost of martin luther king jr.
While this book was a little different than what i was expecting it is still excellent.
I was expecting an analysis of Jesus and Buddha's sayings. A book that explored the similar teachings of these two men and placed them in context to their lives, times and other sayings. However, this book is more of a reference book. Each facing page contains one Jesus quote and one Buddha, with no commentary or analysis, except briefly in the introduction.
Still, this book is excellent and valuable to have an
May 26, 2014 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting comparison of Jesus and the Buddha using sacred texts from Christianity and Buddhism. I was surprised by how many similarities there were between the two men, from their lives to their teachings. The book is separated into topics, with a short introduction to each topic before the quotes. Quotes about Jesus always appeared on the left side, while the Buddha's sayings always appeared on the left. This book gave me lots of think about.
Jan 06, 2016 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not at all a voluminous work - many of the pages of this book contain only one or two sentences - the sayings of Jesus and Buddha. The sayings are broken up by categories such as compassion, life, and attributes. Many ties are drawn, and the book shows that while cultures of various nations/peoples may seem worlds apart, we are all still human. We have a need for spiritual leaders, and we usually look for similar characteristics in those leaders. A few of the parallel sayings truly resounded wit ...more
Cn Skinner
Okay, but a lot of it seemed forced.
Jul 22, 2008 Steffy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never knew that Jesus and Buddha had so much in common. The first chapter to this book briefly lays out some of ther commonalities, although the author is quick to point out his upbringing in the Christian church and that he has yet to learn more about Buddha. It is not a "heavy" book to read, just interesting to see quotes from both Jesus and Buddha side by side. It also gave me more insight into just how big the universe is and how important the message of love - love of others and yourself ...more
Steve Woods
Sep 23, 2010 Steve Woods rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddhism
A bit forced in places There are similarities in the teachings, particularly around non self and that which is a power or force or greater reality than "I" and the futility of operating through a sense of self... the necessity for surrender....and of course the universal moral principles for living with an untroubled conscience and in harmony with others.The historical and cultural differences however make direct parallells difficult in many other instances. A nice gift though
Zac Talbott
An excellent resource with side by side comparison quotes showing the related foundations and principles found in the teachings of both the Buddha and Jesus Christ.
Harry Allagree
Jul 18, 2013 Harry Allagree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book & a significant contribution to the ecumenical/interfaith relations between Christians & Buddhists. It's a beautiful book format-wise, very much a coffee table book. The correspondence between the sayings of Jesus & those of Gautama Buddha is refreshing, if uncanny given the 500 years separating their lives. Marcus Borg's commentary is, as always, in my opinion, well-researched and insightful.
Apr 12, 2013 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple, fast read, one could easily read it in one short setting. The comparisons do not surprise me, one would really expect any spiritual leader to espouse the qualities of charity, love, nonviolence, compassion, generosity, forgiveness, etc. What I found to be really interesting was the similarities in their lives, I had never realized how much their lives were alike before.

"There is one truth, not many."
David Jones
Oct 27, 2013 David Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked comparing the sayings of Buddha and Jesus though I wanted more on comparison of the people. This book was an inspiraton for me to write The Enlightenment of Jesus and For the Love of Sophia. The book raised new questions when I was stuck on old answers. David W. Jones
Izzie Kikue
Jan 23, 2009 Izzie Kikue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully displayed sayings of both Jesus and Buddha and a comparison of their lives as well. The saying are listed under different headings such as compassion, wisdom, materialism, inner life, temptation, salvation, the future, miracles, discipleship, and attributes. The similarities are remarkable. Edited by Marcus Borg.
Apr 08, 2010 Joey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, non-fiction
I am flabbergasted at how much Jesus and Buddah share in their teachings, miracles, and life story. It is also really neat to see the teachings of Jesus and Buddah side by side. I would recommend this book to anyone who would enjoy a fresh look at wisdom shared by Jesus given in a different light by Buddah - or vice-versa.
Jan 23, 2013 Jason rated it it was ok
I was disappointed with this book. I would have liked a little more insight into the "parallelism" of the sayings that were used, especially since many of them weren't parallel at all. I think there may have been instances when the authors matched these sayings based on key words or phrases instead of actual meaning.
Feb 08, 2010 Cassie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness...this book is fascinating. Author makes a case for the likelihood that during Jesus' "missing years" he actually went to the East and was influenced by Buddhist teachings. Most of the book is like a daily spirituality thing, with tiny snippets of parallel sayings by Jesus and the Buddha, one per page.
Kathleen Dixon
This book not only shows the very beautiful parallels in these two great wisdom traditions, but is most beautifully set out and illustrated. There's only one thing better than a GOOD book, and that's a beautifully illustrated Good Book. I have ordered a copy of my own!
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Borg was born into a Lutheran family of Swedish and Norwegian descent, the youngest of four children. He grew up in the 1940s in North Dakota and attended Concordia College, Moorhead, a small liberal arts school in Moorhead, Minnesota. While at Moorhead he was a columnist for the school paper and held forth as a conservative. After a close reading of the Book of Amos and its overt message of socia ...more
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