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4.10102564102564 out of 54.10102564102564 out of 54.10102564102564 out of 54.10102564102564 out of 54.10102564102564 out of 5 4.10 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thich Nhat Hanh Narrator: Ben Kingsley Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2003 ISBN: 9780743519267
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ACADEMY AWARD WINNER BEN KINGSLEY READS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE NOMINEE THICH NHAT HANH'S INSPIRING MASTERPIECE
"When you are a truly happy Christian, you are also a Buddhist. And vice versa." -- Thich Nhat Hanh
World-renowned thinker and scholar Thich Nhat Hanh, considered by many to be a "Living Buddah," explores the spiritual crossroads where the traditions of Christianity and Buddhism meet. Living Buddha, Living Christ reawakens our understanding of both religions and the connections between them.
The bestselling author of Creating True Peace, and one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers in the West, Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh has been part of a decades-long dialogue between the two greatest living contemplative traditions. In lucid, meditative prose, he explores the crossroads of compassion and holiness at which the two traditions meet, and reawakens our understanding of both. "On the altar in my hermitage," he says, "are images of Buddha and Jesus, and I touch both of them as my spiritual ancestors." Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Thich Nhat Hanh] is a holy man, for he is humble and devout…His ideas for peace…would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.”

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in nominating Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967

  • “His ability to see beyond dogma is in sharp contrast to the rigidity of certain Christian perspectives, a contrast Nhat Hanh discusses with respect and urgency.”

    Booklist

  • “ The book is marked by the beauty and simplicity of Thich's mindful wisdom, his evocative prose, and his lucid insights. Highly recommended. ”

    Library Journal

  • “Ben Kingsley reads with class. His British accent is never overbearing or intrusive. He's in command of the text all the way.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 2/11/2014

    " This book was extremely insightful and a super attempt at attempting to illustrate that faith is faith, regardless of what type. I did find it intriguing, the way that Thich Naht Hahn seems to struggle with the concept of Christianity, I think. It must be as foreign and abstract an idea to him as Buddhism can be to the Western Christian world. It was a good try on his part to identify common ground between faiths, but ultimately I think he failed to nail Christianity, which would have made his case stronger. He possibly could have done more research to understand the scriptures and his subject matter a little better. Great book, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck Knight | 2/10/2014

    " I think I learned more about Jesus and received meaningful insights about practicing Christianity from this Buddhist monk than I did all the years I was growing up. This is not to denigrate the teachings from my parents or my Sunday school teachers. They did fine. But, this resonated more than anything else to date. Hanh is a wise and caring writer. Lovely book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marion | 2/9/2014

    " This reachable introduction to Buddhism was pivital for me when I re-examined myself and my Christian faith. I recommend this for anyone who is working through any "crisis of faith" regardless of your religion (or lack thereof) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Gray | 1/24/2014

    " An insightful comparative study by one of our great spiritual masters. In this book, the discussion is moved beyond the typical ontological categories and focuses on the functional, lived characteristics that is embodied by two of the worlds greatest spiritual leaders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 1/22/2014

    " This one stays on my bedside table forever and ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 1/19/2014

    " This was a wonderful book. I am amazed at the open mindedness of this man. He is a great teacher, one who inspires righteousness. I would strongly recommend this book to those all who seek truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanmarie | 1/12/2014

    " This author beautifully embraces all religions and gives a clear comparison of Christianity and Buddhism. It was the perfect book for someone like me, who is a Christian curious about Buddhism. I am sure it would work just as well the other way around. I share his perspective that other religions don't have to be wrong for yours to be right. We can all learn from each other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 1/11/2014

    " There were occasional good nuggets in here and I liked the 3 pages dealing with devotional practice vs. transformational practice. But on the whole, it didn't really grab me. If you're interested in a Buddhist monk's view of Christianity, it's good for that but not all that compelling otherwise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 1/10/2014

    " This is a good look at Christianity from a Buddhist point of view. I enjoyed reading it and the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jinnie | 1/10/2014

    " A wonderfully thoughtful study in comparative religious philosophy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissy | 12/25/2013

    " A poignant comparison of Buddhism and Christianity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie White | 12/23/2013

    " An interesting perspective on how a Buddhist master views Christ and Christianity. Also a nice glimpse into Thich Nhat Hanh's life when he is in residence at Plum Village. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 cory | 12/13/2013

    " buddha would look pretty funny hanging on a cross. nice try asshole! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 12/7/2013

    " Who says the western and eastern religions can't meld into one, happy heart? This is both an uplifting and refreshing look into how easy it can be to get along with each other and respect differences by revering similarities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chestelle | 12/4/2013

    " Really interesting through the first half. Then he began to get just a little "out there" for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Stevens | 12/2/2013

    " Very enlightening book, I understand Buddhism a little better now and can even see some similarities in the two religions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dinh | 11/8/2013

    " If everyone read this book, the world would be a better place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 10/6/2013

    " For anyone looking to explore their spirituality and purpose in life, a must read that cuts across all religions and inspires deeply. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Nielsen | 8/22/2013

    " This is a must read for every person on the planet -- so simply written, and so profound. It will heighten your awareness of the most important things in life. Must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 3/23/2013

    " I loved this book. The author conveys so much without overwhelming the reader with a lot of ungraspable buddhist or christian concepts. Very clean, open, unassuming. I love reading his books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse | 11/10/2012

    " very accessible. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mia Hall | 9/15/2012

    " Great book if you want to know how Buddhism and Christianity are similar. I hate that you can be Buddhist and Catholic, but not Catholic and Buddhist. This is a great explanation of ways in which the philosophies over lap for real life practioners. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 4/15/2012

    " A very thoughtful comparison between the teaching of Buddha and Jesus. Very influential during my early exploration of Nichiren Buddhism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 1/11/2012

    " Unfortunately, Im gonna go with "good" instead of "life changing." Most of Hanh's stuff has been just that for me - life changing. But this one was good. Appologetic, but good. I'd have gone 3.5, but that wasnt' available. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danny Bennett | 10/10/2011

    " The best book on the simularities and differences of Buddhism and Christianity. I didn't agree with a lot of it but I definitely enjoyed it emensely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 9/1/2011

    " I very much appreciated the message of understanding that this book conveys and that this in turn promotes tolerance and love - something we definitely need more of is this world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robbie Clipper Sethi | 8/19/2011

    " I'm in the middle of this one too, recommended by a friend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toran | 8/16/2011

    " One of the top ten most formative books I read ten years ago; a mind opener. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelea | 8/1/2011

    " An excellent example, along with Tolle, of the cross over between religious beliefs. Made me come to accept that in their purest form, all religions originate from the same power/energy/source... whatever one calls it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norman Baxter | 7/13/2011

    " A good read for the spiritually minded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ricky | 5/4/2011

    " Excellent view on how Christianity and Buddhism are more similiar than we think. His ideas of peace are perhaps the most simplest and purest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelby | 3/25/2011

    " A very loving and sincere, yet flawed attempt to understand and explain the Christian faith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 3/18/2011

    " Very enlightening book, I understand Buddhism a little better now and can even see some similarities in the two religions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dr. E | 2/27/2011

    " When I was mostly attempting to find something, I learned to let it all go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 2/4/2011

    " One of my favorite books. Proof that Buddhist practice can strengthen your current faith (Christianity).Reading any of his books is like a meditation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shakeyna | 2/4/2011

    " It was a very insightful book. it definitely had me thinking..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 1/27/2011

    " I am loving this book! I described it to Jon as being held in a warm blanket. It is blunt yet loving. It promotes nonviolence in every aspect. It is really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 1/27/2011

    " Thich Nhat Hanh makes a compelling case for how Christians and Buddhists might envision a common future. While I don't agree at all points, and do believe that there are significant differences between Buddhism and Christianity, this book actually will enrich the Christian faith. "

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About the Author
Author Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Zen master, poet, scholar, and peace activist who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He is the author of many bestselling books, including the classics The Miracle of Mindfulness, Peace Is Every Step, Anger, and The Art of Power. Thich Nhat Hanh lives in Plum Village, his meditation center in France, where his monastic and lay disciples assist him in leading retreats worldwide on the art of mindful living.

About the Narrator

Ben Kingsley is a distinguished veteran of stage and screen. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his starring role in Ghandi, and has starred in other memorable films, such as Bugsy, Sneakers, and Schindler’s List.