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Lotus and the Cross Audiobook

Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha

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Have you ever wondered what Jesus would say to Mohammed? Or Buddha? Or Oscar Wilde? Maybe you have a friend who practices another religion or admires a more contemporary figure. Drop in on a conversation between Jesus and some well-known individuals whose search for the meaning of life took them in many directions - and influenced millions.

Popular scholar Ravi Zacharias sets a captivating scene in this first in the intriguing Conversations with Jesus series. Through dialogue between Christ and Gautama Buddha that reveals Jesus' warm, impassioned concern for all people, God's true nature is explored. It's a well-priced version that you will enjoy owning.

©2001 Ravi Zacharias; (P)2008 christianaudio.com

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    Mandola303 03-14-16
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    "a good concise comparison"

    Ravi does an excellent job of making concise ideas for comparison. His ability to illustrate to communicate ideas is wonderful. This is a book that focuses on a few topics which will lead to more questions, but I think that is great. It's a good story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kellen Tustin, CA, United States 10-14-13
    Kellen Tustin, CA, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Make this into a movie!"
    What made the experience of listening to Lotus and the Cross the most enjoyable?

    The dialogue between Jesus and Buddha was fascinating. The story of the young woman trapped in the life of prostitution was heart wrenching and something I could somewhat relate too. And Visually the idea of Jesus, Buddha and this woman being ferry boated through south east asia and walking through buddhist temples i would simply love to see on a movie screen.


    What other book might you compare Lotus and the Cross to and why?

    The only things i can compare this to is Zacharias's other Great Conversation books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably when the 4 of them are walking through the temple.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The devastating story of this young woman's life.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the only that could have been better was having their action's narrated in 3rd person rather than having the characters themselves say what they were about to do or were doing in 1st person. It sounds really heavy handed and a little cheesy. And when Buddha quoted a common phrase from Ravi Zacharias himself i was like "What? Would Buddha really say that?" Fortunately these things only happened a few times and not enough to ruin the book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bukedi 04-10-16
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    "Worship is in the core of human worth."

    I loved it! This is like the 3rd time I've listened to this audio book and each time it leaves a sense owe and gratitude to God who chose Dr. Ravi to witness to my spirit and strengthen my faith and commitment to God. And thanks to Vince for such wonderful lecture. Praise be to God, my Father!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 02-12-15
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    "Insightful, Creative"

    It's impressive that an author could capture such imposing figures as Jesus and Buddha so accurately. Not only was this book informative, it was creative and enjoyable. Check it.

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    Dan 05-14-12
    Dan 05-14-12
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    "Compelling story; provocative comparisons."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Ravi's book is written from the Christian viewpoint and the comparisons to Buddhism are certainly provocative. Knowing little about Buddhism, I found myself reading externally to learn more. That said, the story is compelling and the reader, Simon Vance, does an excellent job. I recommend this book.


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    Vanna Granger 09-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND BUDDHISM"
    What made the experience of listening to Lotus and the Cross the most enjoyable?

    In this insightful book, Ravi explains the difference between Buddhism and Christianity in such an intimate way. It is interesting and engaging. I came away with a deeper understanding of both religions


    What did you like best about this story?

    The back story of Pryor, who is a victim of a whole belief system. There are many things about her that each person can identify with.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a good reader, you can hear the humility in his voice when he speaks as Jesus.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, at the end, when Jesus drinks Pryors cup.


    Any additional comments?

    I was moved by this book. I was also touched by the respect that Ravi has shown toward those who are Buddhists, while showing the deep differences between the two religions.

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    BRI 09-07-16
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    "An Amazing Hypothetical - Beautiful and Complex"

    Such a dense work. I could listen to the narrator read the phonebook. It's difficult to describe how much this book means to me. I'm going to listen to it a 2nd time and buy a hard copy.

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    Ramond Haynes 04-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Save your money"
    Any additional comments?

    This synopsis of this book is disingenuous.It's clear the author doesn't have a real grasp of Buddhism. Thich Nhat Hanh's "Living Buddha, Living Christ" is a much better piece of work.

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    J. Glemby long Island ,NY usa 03-06-10
    J. Glemby long Island ,NY usa 03-06-10 Member Since 2012
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    "a review for non-relativists"

    Having ACTUALY been involved in zen and chan buddhism when younger and waking up in growth to higher truth {Christian} I find it amazing how cowardly our age is with responsible dissagreement .Rather than doing so today THEY say all is realy the same.Its clear stupidity.Its called moral or mental relativism.This book is quite deep in the core world viws of these two world religous founders.But most of all it is a remedy to the mental and spiritual people pleasers of our age.Be either Bhuddhist or Christian but do not be a idiot and say there the same.They are exactly the oposite and this charming book shows why.The reader, Simon Vance, is one of the best there is as well.

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    Buckley Altoona, WI, United States 12-20-09
    Buckley Altoona, WI, United States 12-20-09
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    "Does not acheive what it sets out to do"

    C.S. Lewis, after having written the Screwtape Letters, noted that he ought to have written a companion book where heavenly angels were talking to each other, but lamented that he did not have the ability to pull off such a book, as every page would have to "reek of heaven." I say that to say that Zacharias is way out of his league, and as a literary work, this book is atrocious.

    And then there's a major question concerning his methodology. Zacharias' method in exploring Buddhism was apparently to speak to Buddhist monks and nuns, whom Zacharias does not name, and as such the reader can make no judgment whatsoever in regards to whom Zacharias talked to. It is clear that Zacharias couldn't be bothered to read any Buddhist scriptures, or any scholarly writing on either Buddhism or Christianity. As such, this book resigns itself to appealing only to those who already believe that Christianity is the only true religion (or, those who will only read books which reaffirm what they already believe).

    In the end, oddly, the reader ends up with a completely supernatural Jesus talking to a "de-mythologized" Buddha. Zacharias seems unaware that there is such a thing as a "de-mythologized" Jesus. Both Theravada and Mahayana schools of Buddhism believe that the Buddha was omniscient. The Buddha is believed to have perfected himself over millions of lifetimes as a bodhisattva, performing the virtuous deeds called "perfections." With his enlightenment the Buddha possessed all manner of supernormal powers, including: full knowledge of all of his past lives, as well as the past lives of all other beings; the ability to know others thoughts; the ability to rise into the air; etc. By all accounts, the Buddha was charismatic.

    In short, this book is a strawman argument against Buddhism: lamentably intellectually dishonest. Instead, I recommend the audiobook "Living Buddha, Living Christ."

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  • John
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    "Interesting but extremely biased"

    First of all, this is read very nicely by Simon Vance (one of my favourite readers of audiobooks).

    I was expecting a stimulating and balanced discussion between two of the most famous people in history who have a continuing influence on the World today. However, the Christ presented here is pompous, arrogant and self-righteous. He spends the whole book attacking Shakyamuni Buddha and Buddhism. Christ never mentions antinomianism - a major failing of Christianity.

    The author is clearly a Christian and clearly does not understand or respect Buddhism. However, I would recommend this audiobook to anybody because it is thought provoking if flawed and irritating at times.

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