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Going home : Jesus and Buddha as brothers
Nhất Hạnh, Thích.
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New York : Riverhead Books, 1999.
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xv, 202 pages ; 22 cm
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A respected Buddhist teacher explores the nature of modern humankind's spiritual displacement, offers a discussion of the roots of Christianity and Buddhism, and builds a revitalizing dialogue between the two faiths.

Author Notes

Thich Nhat Hanh was born in central Vietnam on October 11, 1926. He entered Tu Hieu Temple as a novice monk at the age of sixteen. During the Vietnam War, he was part of a movement called "engaged Buddhism", which combines traditional practices with nonviolent civil disobedience. For this, he was exiled by both the Communist and non-Communist governments and was nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 for his efforts to reconcile North and South Vietnam.

He is a teacher, author, poet, and peace activist. He has written over 100 titles on meditation, mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism, as well as poems, children's stories, and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts. His books include The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: An Introduction to Buddhism, Peace Is Every Step, The Miracle of Mindfulness, The Art of Power, True Love and Anger, Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire, and Living Buddha, Living Christ. He founded a retreat in France called Plum Village.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this short treatise, Vietnamese Buddhist monk Hanh continues the ecumenical dialogue he began in 1995's Living Buddha, Living Christ. The chapters evolved from talks he gave at Plum Village, Hanh's Buddhist retreat center located in the heart of Christian France. In ecumenical fashion, Hanh does not encourage conversion to Buddhism or any other religion but tells followers to bloom where they're planted, cultivating a "mindfulness" in their own religious traditions. Unfortunately, Hanh often seems to imply that for Buddhists and Christians to talk to one another, they must first soft-pedal or ignore those beliefs that make them discrete in the first place. He considers it a waste of time to discuss "whether God is a person or not a person," although the Incarnation question carries profound weight in Christianity; he also asserts that "nothing can come from nothing," although creatio ex nihilo is a fundamental Christian tenet. Buddhism is better understood in these pages, but distinctive Buddhist beliefs can also stand in the way, says Hanh: individuals can become too attached to their own ideas of nirvana, forgetting that "nirvana means extinction of all notions." Despite Hanh's tendency to ignore significant differences between Buddhism and Christianity, his book speaks powerfully about the need for tolerance and love in overcoming those differences. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Thich Nhat Hanh, now in his seventies, became a Buddhist monk in Vietnam at the tender age of 16. His unremitting struggles for peace in that war-ravaged land brought exile but also close relationships with Western Christians, such as Thomas Merton and Martin Luther King Jr., who were also opposed to the war. From these early contacts, Thich Nhat Hanh developed an understanding that both Buddhists and Christians have much to gain from encounters between their two traditions. This beautiful and inspiring gift to all seeking a more meaningful spirituality offers the revered teacher's dharma talks, presented to Christian and Buddhist seekers during the Christmas seasons of 1995, 1996, and 1997. These lessons focus on the difficult but essential tasks of developing both personal and cultural peace while further illuminating those deep intersections between Buddhism and Christianity examined in the author's best-selling Living Buddha, Living Christ (LJ 10/1/95). Essential for collections on popular religion.ÄJames R. Kuhlman, Univ. of North Carolina Lib., Asheville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.