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Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha | [Ravi Zacharias]

Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha

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.
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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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    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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."

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Tampa, FL, United States 05-14-12
    Dan Tampa, FL, United States 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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    Kellen Tustin, CA, United States 10-14-13
    Kellen Tustin, CA, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Glemby long Island ,NY usa 03-06-10
    J. Glemby long Island ,NY usa 03-06-10 Member Since 2010
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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.

    5 of 15 people found this review helpful
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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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