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Lotus and the Cross

Jesus Talks with Buddha
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: Great Conversations Series, Book 4
Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (263 ratings)

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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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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.

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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!

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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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  • Kellen
  • Tustin, CA, United States
  • 10-14-13

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.

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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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Scarecrow & the Cross: Jesus Talks with a Strawman

I don't know all that much about Buddhism but from the first 15 minutes of this book I was definitely not expecting a fair and balanced honest representation of Christianity and Buddhism. As a Christian myself I was able to easy follow and enjoy much of the Jesus side of this conversation but the dialogue of Buddha seemed childishly written and his easy capitulation was borderline laughable. I feel no closer to understanding Buddhism as Buddhists do, and to be honest I feel Mr. Zacharias fell short of even representing Christianity well. In the talk of having a final word in arguing for the superiority of Christianity, he fails to address that there are no surviving originals of the new testament, and even if there were those would be recollections of humans who interacted with Jesus and did their best to recount His exact words/deeds. That being said what we have is translations of translations based on copies of copies that have been subject to scribe errors, tampering and editing by church officials, and interpreted in so many ways. The author also jumps back and forth in acknowledging that the modern practice of both Buddhism and Christianity differ from the original message but continues to use modern rules of Buddhism to dispute the underlying religion. If you are a Christian who wants someone to tell you your current understanding of the world is hunky-dory and there is nothing to learn from anyone else, this is the book for you. If you are looking for a better understanding of Buddhism, it's history, it's practice, and how it might relate to Christianity and a deeper understanding of what all of life and the universe means, you'll probably want to keep searching. I know I will.

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Value found in the Conclusions or Jesus?

I think Ravi does a fantastic job of exposing the heart, the nature, the essence, of our triune God; revealing the love of the father and our hope found in Jesus. While this was a good exposé of the differences between the teachings of Buddha and Buddhism and the gospel of Jesus Christ, I think that the real value is revealed as Jesus exposes the relationship we have been welcomed into with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

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excellent

What did you love best about Lotus and the Cross?

what a great way to compare!

What did you like best about this story?

kept my attention

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

At the end, what a contrast between Jesus and Buddha

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Biased

I was looking for something that addressed the differences between Christianity and Buddhism. This book mocks Buddhism and promotes Christianity. It was not what I was looking for but I listened in hopes of hearing something useful. It was just more of the same emotional recitation of Bible verse that I grew up listening to. If you want a feel good story about Christianity, try it BUT if you are looking for intelligent discussion on world religions, don't waste your time.

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Very well done and thought provoking!

I think that this would be a great witnessing tool and conversation starter. Ravi has done an excellent job AGAIN!

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  • Gone to Texas
  • 02-28-10

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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  • Charles
  • 03-30-16

beautifully done. amazing work

Loved it. will recommmend to families and friends especially to christians and buddhists searching for the Truth

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