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- File Size: 193 KB
- Print Length: 273 pages
- Publisher: Ulysses Press (1 Feb. 1999)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003ODHOOA
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- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #392,975 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings Kindle Edition
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This book would be ideal for anyone seeking parallel Buddhist & Christian daily devotions due to its format.
All in all a superb little book
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Striking similarities start with the book's very first set of sayings... "Do to others as you would have them do to you", attributed to Jesus and "Consider others as yourself", attributed to Buddha. Throughout the book the parallels are amazing up to and including the very last set... "Then Jesus cried again with a load voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split", and "At the Blessed Lord's final passing there was a great earthquake, terrible and hair-raising, accompanied by thunder".
The book begins with some discussion about why these two great religious figures may have such similar stories and sayings, but I would have liked to see the author expand on that more. The book is basically just side by side comparisons of similar quotes and concepts and it is up to the reader to form his own conclusions as to why they are so much alike.
All in all this is a worthwhile and easy read... a definate recommend to anyone interested in religion or philosophy.
All this stuff about Christianity having the true God is nonsense, because it shows an ignorance of Buddhism. Buddha never once concerned himself with metaphysical matters, and none of Buddhism confuses itself with the invisible world that we cannot prove beyond earthly concepts. That's not to say that Buddhists don't believe in God. It's just a practical religion that says that you can end suffering, and the dependence on something else (like a belief structure and doctrines) in order to do so will never truly end your suffering. It's food for thought, and this book for me was the perfect gateway into this intellectual freedom. That's what's great about this book, the words and concepts are there, but feeling and message are up to the reader. It certainly does a good job of bridging a gap between two misunderstood faiths.
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