by Thich Nhat Hahn
In rereading Thich Nhat Hahn’s book, Living Buddha, Living Christ, I realize that Thay, as he is called, is not only comparing Buddhism with Christianity, but he is also inviting us to be living expressions of these two great spiritual teachers. He creates a clear parallel between Buddhism’s dual aspects of wisdom and compassion and the Christian teaching of knowledge and love. In this way, he establishes the thread that connects these teachings in order to bridge the communities into a greater understanding of the same ground upon which they both stand. He calls to us to drop our differences and to embrace each other in our common goal of bringing peace to our world. Living Buddha, Living Christ does more than bridge a gap between religions, it offers a broader foundation from which to practice our individual paths.
Review by Rev. Ruth Barnhart, a staff minister at Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa.
Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hahn is available from Stepping Stones Books and Gifts.