Buddha and Christ, perhaps the two most pivotal figures in the history of humankind, each left behind a legacy of teachings and practices that have shaped the lives of billions of people over the course of two millennia.
Thich Nhat Hanh has been part of a decades-long dialogue between these two great living contemplative traditions. Thich Nhat Hanh witnessed persecution of Buddhists under the Catholic governments of South Vietnam. He was also befriended by Christian leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thomas Merton. It was these friends who introduced him to the deepest truths of Christianity.
In Living Buddha, Living Christ, Nhat Hanh sets out for the first time, his understanding of Jesus Christ and the inspiration he finds in the Gospels. With a lightness of touch only an outsider can bring, Thich Nhat Hanh depicts the joyful, contemplative heart at the center of the Christian tradition. Thich Nhat Hanh responds to the Pope’s recent remarks on Buddhism while laying out his own hopeful vision of the common purpose shared by these two great world religions.
10th Anniversary Edition. From Riverhead Books.
I find myself agreeing with Thich Nhat Hanh at nearly every significant turn of Living Buddha, Living Christ. His book presents an opportune moment to deepen our understanding. —Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels
Thich Nhat Hanh’s words entered me like a Zen koan: Speak to me of the unspeakable. Speak to me of God! His words offer us the challenge to come alive, truly alive.—Brother David Steindl-Rast, Deeper than Words