The Good Heart by Dalai Lama

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Information: 200 pages, paperback

They say: The Good Heart is a first in publishing history: never before has a Dalai Lama commented on the Gospels and so given us a unique way of approaching these familiar sources of faith.

In this insightful and accessible book, one of the worlds most universally loved spiritual teachers considers such well-known passages as the Sermon on the Mount, the healing of the sick and the Resurrection. Throughout his commentary, the Dalai Lama opens windows of understanding for the modern spiritual seeker on such widespread concerns as inner transformation, meditation, ritual and ideas of reward and punishment, heaven and hell.

The Dalai Lama gives us a model of dialogue for the coming era of global spirituality - whilst respecting both the parallels and differences between the two traditions of Buddhism and Christianity, and ultimately illuminating the goodness of the human heart.

'The whole book is a joy, an inspiration and truly deeply devout, while at all times light and pleasant, a perfect channel to convey profound realities and insights.' - The New Humanity

With a new foreword by Laurence Freeman OSB of The World Community for Christian Meditation

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This book is a transcript of thoughts by his Holiness the Dalai Lama, on certain passages from the Christian Bible. It is sub-titled 'His Holiness the Dalai Lama explores the heart of Christianity and of Humanity'. His Holiness was invited to take part in this exercise by senior academics from the Christian Church in 1994, and to speak publicly on what he read. Most of the passages are his own direct words, although a translator was present to help, if words faltered. A little dauntingly, this book has not one but four introductory passages (a foreword, a note to the reader, a preface and an official introduction.) I have to admit that I am a person who often skips introductions, and to find four of them was surprising. But they were worth reading, because they gave a sense of the situation and of the meeting between His holiness and the Christian academics. These passages very much helped to set the tone of the book, and to allow the reader to imagine that he or she is there in person. His Holiness is known as a very intelligent and intuitive speaker, and when asked to comment upon eight passages from Christian scripture, he did not disappoint. His comments are readable and insightful. As he says himself, he did not set out to persuade anyone from their faith, or to put down into anyone's mind about Christian doctrine. He merely tried to respond and interpret.

I am neither a Christian nor a Buddhist, but I always find that His Holiness has a way with words that is readable and calming. His responses to the Christian passages that he was asked to comment upon made them more understandable to me, in more than one case.

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