This landmark of interfaith dialogue will inspire readers of all faiths.
In The Good Heart, The Dalai Lama provides an extraordinary Buddhist perspective on the teachings of Jesus. His Holiness comments on well-known passages from the four Christian Gospels, including the Sermon on the Mount, the parable of the mustard seed, the Resurrection, and others. Drawing parallels between Jesus and the Buddha — and the rich traditions from which they hail — the Dalai Lama delivers a profound affirmation of the sacred in all religions. Readers will be uplifted by the exploration of each tradition’s endless merits and the common humanity they share.
|Publisher:||Wisdom Publications MA|
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About the Author
The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. A beacon of inspiration for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists, he has persistently reached out across religious lines and to political leaders and scientists in dialogues advancing peace and understanding. For sixty years, he was the political leader of the Tibetan people, and in 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to secure a peaceful resolution to the Chinese occupation of his homeland.
Dom Laurence Freeman, OSB, is spiritual head of the World Community for Christian Meditation.
Thupten Jinpa Langri has been the principal English-language translator to the Dalai Lama since 1985. He has translated and edited many books by the Dalai Lama. He is currently the president and the editor-in-chief of the Institute of Tibetan Classics and currently chairs the Mind and Life Institute.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The premise for this book is fantastic! Talk His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, into speaking before a Christian audience in Middlesex University, London. Call it The Good Heart, emphasizing the humanitarian aspects of both Christianity and Buddhism. Give him eight passages of Gospel scripture to read in preparation for the seminar, and hear what he has to say.The eight chosen passages are:Matthew 5:38-48, Love Your EnemyMatthew 5:1-10, The BeatitudesMark 3:31-35, EquanimityMark 4:36-24, The Kingdom of GodLuke 9:28-36, The TransfigurationLike 9:1-6, The MissionJohn 12:44-50, FaithJohn 20:10-18, The ResurrectionFrom the outset, The Dalai Lama assured his listeners that he had no intention of sowing seeds of doubt, and instead encouraged listeners to "experience the value of one's own religious tradition." He taught that the authentication of all religion is the realization of a good heart. He acknowledged similarities between Christianity and Buddhism, especially in regards to compassion, brotherhood and forgiveness, and strongly encouraged meetings between people from different religious traditions (not scholars but "genuine practitioners" interested in ¿sharing insights¿). Yet he feels it does a disservice to both religions not to acknowledge their uniqueness. The Dalai Lama would rather we remain Christian than try to "put a yak's head on a sheep's body" and call ourselves Buddhist-Christians.He spoke, as always, with insight and humility, and his take on Christian scriptures was wonderfully fresh and simple. My respect for the Dalai Lama increased even more. Yet I was a little disappointed; invariably, the discussion of Christian scriptures steered into comparisons with Buddhism¿to be expected, I'm sure¿but Buddhist thought is so ingrained in the Dalai Lama that much of the discussion felt foreign to me. Not that I couldn't follow his thinking, and not that I don't appreciate the similarities between Christianity and Buddhism and their common goal of compassion, but Eastern thinking is just ... well ... different.
One need not be a Buddhist to gain wisdom from any of the Dalai Lamas book, and personally I believe any Christian who wants to better understand what unites believers of Buddhism and Christianity will enjoy this book. I find value in books that have gems of wisdom similar to mine regardless of the religion, and this is one of those books.