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By Thich Nhat Hanh

"[Thich Nhat Hanh] exhibits us the relationship among own, internal peace and peace on earth." --His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Nominated through Martin Luther King, Jr. for a Nobel Peace Prize, Thich Nhat Hanh is one in every of today’s top assets of knowledge, peace, compassion and comfort.

The twentieth anniversary variation of the vintage textual content, up to date, revised, and that includes a aware dwelling magazine.

Buddha and Christ, probably the 2 such a lot pivotal figures within the background of humankind, each one left in the back of a legacy of teachings and practices that experience formed the lives of billions of individuals over millennia. in the event that they have been to fulfill at the highway this day, what may every one examine the other's religious perspectives and practices? 

Thich Nhat Hanh has been a part of a decades-long discussion among nice contemplatice traditions, and brings to Christianity an appreciation of its attractiveness which may be conveyed merely via an interloper. IN lucid, meditative prose, he explores the crossroads of compassion and holiness at which the 2 traditions meet, and he reawakens our knowing of either. "On the altar in my hermitage," he says, "are pictures of Buddha and Jesus, and that i contact either one of them as my non secular ancestors."

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The gnostic Gospel of fact exhorts the hearer to communicate of the reality with those that look for it, and of data to those that have dedicated a sin of their blunders. Make enterprise the foot of these who've stumbled; supply leisure to people who are weary, and lift up those that desire to upward push, and wake up those that sleep. As I learn dwelling Buddha, dwelling Christ, I puzzled: Does Thich Nhat Hanh be aware of the Gospel of Thomas and different gnostic assets or did he pick out the time period “living Christ”—a time period extra attribute of gnostic texts than of the hot Testament—by a type of religious instinct? In both case, those people who are extra regular than i'm with Buddhist culture, and particularly these more matured in meditation and contemplation, would definitely become aware of in those old Christian resources many extra resonances than i will point out right here. Comparative examine of Buddhism and early (gnostic) Christianity has slightly started. The e-book of residing Buddha, residing Christ offers an opportune second to deepen our realizing. —Elaine Pagels Princeton, New Jersey June 23, 1995 ONE BE nonetheless AND understand spiritual lifestyles IS existence two decades in the past at a convention I attended of theologians and professors of faith, an Indian Christian buddy advised the meeting, “We are going to listen to in regards to the beauties of numerous traditions, yet that doesn't suggest that we will make a fruit salad. ” while it got here my flip to talk, I stated, “Fruit salad will be scrumptious! i've got shared the Eucharist with Father Daniel Berrigan, and our worship grew to become attainable end result of the sufferings we Vietnamese and american citizens shared over a long time. ” many of the Buddhists current have been surprised to listen to I had participated within the Eucharist, and plenty of Christians appeared really horrified. To me, non secular existence is existence. i don't see any cause to spend one’s complete lifestyles tasting only one type of fruit. We humans may be nourished through the easiest values of many traditions. Professor Hans Küng has stated, “Until there's peace among religions, there will be no peace on the planet. ” humans kill and are killed simply because they hang too tightly to their very own ideals and ideologies. once we think that ours is the one religion that comprises the reality, violence and affliction would certainly be the outcome. the second one principle of the Order of Interbeing, based in the Zen Buddhist culture throughout the struggle in Vietnam, is ready letting move of perspectives: “Do now not imagine the information you currently own is changeless, absolute fact. keep away from being narrow-minded and sure to current perspectives. research and perform nonattachment from perspectives so that it will be open to obtain others’ viewpoints. ” To me, this can be the main crucial perform of peace. discussion: the main TO PEACE i've been engaged in peace paintings for greater than thirty years: struggling with poverty, lack of understanding, and affliction; going to sea to aid rescue boat humans; evacuating the wounded from strive against zones; resettling refugees; assisting hungry youngsters and orphans; opposing wars; generating and disseminating peace literature; education peace and social staff; and rebuilding villages destroyed by means of bombs.

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