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Jesus And Buddha

The Parallel Sayings
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Paperback Book
June, 1999
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Banyen's Description: 

Jesus and Buddha were separated by 500 hundred years, 3000 miles, and two drastically different cultures. This book juxtaposes passages from the New Testament and from Buddhist scriptures to illuminate the striking similarity between their lives, deeds, and teachings.

“It is easy to see the fault of others but hard to see one’s own,” Buddha remarked. “Why do you see the splinter in someone else’s eye,” Jesus asked, “and never notice the log in your own.”

Jack Kornfield, from his introduction:

“What matters is not the scholarly or theological differences between Buddhism and Christianity, but that both offer us direct teachings, instructions, practices, ways to conduct our lives and free our hearts. Jesus and Buddha say to us, even today, ‘Follow me.’ Do we dare?

“If we could read, listen to, take to heart and enact even one verse from these teachings, it would have the power to illuminate our hearts, free us from confusion and transform our lives.

“Read these passages slowly, savor them. Take them as medicine, as dispellers of doubt, as poetry of the soul, as clarity for the mind, as words that pierce the veil of the heart, that show us the Way, that bring to us sacred blessings.

“May it be so.”

Jesus: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” (Luke 6.20)

Buddha: “Let us live most happily, possessing nothing; let us feed on joy, like the radiant gods.” (Dhammapada 15.4)

Publisher’s Description: 

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 materialism - along the same path.Using meditative color photos to complement the universal truths these two charismatic figures proclaimed, this - the first trade paper edition of the illustrated edition - is an important and illuminating oracle of wisdom for all who believe that the spiritual outweighs the material. At the same time, it is a fascinating and appealing anthology of key beliefs within two of the world’s great religions.

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