COVID-19 Resources. If Buddhism is about self-enlightment/self-annihilation then Buddha's teachings shouldn't matter. Zacharias is a respected Christian apologist and I have enjoyed some of his things in the past since I am a Christian and I do think he is very eloquent. The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks With Buddha. October 1st 2001 I ask you, the reader, to examine the message of each, using both your heart and your mind. I didn't want to put it down. Legalism enters and ceremony becomes the focus. I really liked this book. For a few months her profession was put on hold. from: $6.92 Behind the two symbols stand two diametrically opposed beliefs. Ravi Zacharias's The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha is a theological argument cleverly disguised as a story. But I feel that he could have done much beter, sometimes the dialogue seems like a sketch. A summary of the work from B. C. 220 to B. C. 168. to write is to show how, when, and why all the known parts of the world fell under the dominion of Rome . Anytime God is displaced but belief in the spirit world remains, placation will dominate the individual’s efforts. an amusing story~ however the author still does not have a grasp of what buddhism is about, most probably is due to the lack of real enlightened buddhist to talk to~. That said, Zacharias does a disservice to what he is trying to achieve by the way in which he does it. Both are crafted in gold. If one has to wake up this early, the sight of him beats the face of a clock any day. by Multnomah, The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha. Maybe the time has come. There is no permanent truth if everything is impermanent. The Case of the S.S. “Lotus” (France v. Turkey) Judgment of September 7th 1927. Jesus: Walking into the temple in Jerusalem and seeing what I saw was not my favorite moment, either. You see, you inadvertently proved that truth is asserted principally by words and can be tested by reason. Ravi Zacharias. Ravi Zacharias, The Lotus and the Cross (Multnomah Books, 2001) 30 10 ↑ Houston Smith and Phillip Novak, Buddhism: A Concise … Their hearts drove them to a transcendent one, but you said there was none to be found. I didn’t want to be deified or made into a statue. Popular scholar Ravi Zacharias sets a captivating scene in this first in the intriguing Conversations with Jesus books. When grace is evicted, laws or power-seeking people take over. In my own research on Buddhism I found it very difficult to nail down what Buddhists truly believe and how they practice- since there are several different schools of thought, as well as innumerable cultural nuances that play into each of these schools depending on what country one is from. The copies marked "for viewing" are best for viewing, with the articles and pages following consecutively for … The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks With Buddha. ), And what would Buddha have said to her, this being a land where 95 percent of its people are Buddhists? Psalm 121 set to music. In persistent, fervent prayer, God prepares the soil of one’s heart to make room for the seed of His answer, from which will flower an alignment with His will.”, “Time isn’t just a fleeting thing. Many of those I talked with will be reading this, and I look forward to their responses. Song. The Lotus Cross is a beautiful cross growing out of a lotus. Jotted down some notes of my own but the main issues with this book are more eloquently expressed here: This book is basically thinly veiled propaganda for the Christian faith. Meredith Andrews Sooter sings a beautiful version of My Jesus I love Thee (With Every Breath) at Worship Circle. I would recommend the book to Christian friends, but I'm not sure how it would be received among Buddhist followers. Jesus and Buddha cannot both be right. It presents itself as a discussion between Jesus and Buddha with the ultimate conclusions to be drawn by the reader. Recommended. Jesus: You see, Gautama, that’s what I mean by legalism. The dialogue between Jesus and Buddha which supposedly presents and compares the Christian and Buddhist religion is a joke. 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. Be the first to ask a question about The Lotus and the Cross. The cross was housed by an order of monks in India. 'Sūtra on the White Lotus of the True Dharma') is one of the most popular and influential Mahayana sutras, and the basis on which the Tiantai, Tendai, Cheontae, and Nichiren schools of Buddhism were established. Although the author spent quite a lot of time with Buddhist monks to research this book I think it might have been interesting if it had been co-authored with one for more of a give and take in the conversation. Behind the two symbols stand two diametrically opposed beliefs. I taught my disciples that though everything on earth would someday pass away, the Word that I gave to them remains forever. These monks don’t eat after the noon hour. As if to mend Priya’s torn spirit, the “friend” found her a job as a seamstress. In conversation form, Ravi has gently accomplished a continued reminder that ideas have consequences and that Truth and contrast provide clarity. I was tempted to give this book three stars because it was thought-provoking, particularly the prologue. Thus began a fourteen-year stretch of untold heartache and tragedy. By Blessed007. 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. What I taught and what has become of what I taught are two different things. Jesus: Even that statement? When my people depart from that Word, other hungers take charge. Summaries. We've got some steamy novels for you to snuggle up with, including Casey McQuiston's... Have you ever wondered what Jesus would say to Mohammed? 23 Reviews. In fact, some of your followers say that even if you had remained silent there would’ve been no loss of insight, as far as they’re concerned. I told them that the Scriptures cannot be broken. Jesus: And there you go again with your constant effort to do away with God. You see, one has to find out what is eternal and then interpret the true value of everything in that light. The departure of my followers was inconsistent with my teaching because they forgot God. They end up looking the same but are born out of different sentiments. You carved into their consciousness a huge debt. Didn't like it at all. An eternal, infinite being is not the same as a quantity. Very good logical arguments for each side. Is that impermanent too? Why on earth should we take your word to be the truth? I ask you, the reader, to examine the message of each, using both your heart and your mind. Zacharias imagines what might they say to each other based on who they were. Its basic premise is simple: if Jesus and Buddha met on a boat today, what would they say? Having only a cursory knowledge of Buddhism, I found it to be interesting and helpful for any apologetic discussions I might have...though judging by some of the reviews, I realize that the logic of Zacharias' argument may not be convincing to everyone. The men plunder the land and, carried away by greed, stay until the reinforced ranks of the Cicones turn on them and attack. Can you see him? They cannot escape the conviction of a power greater than themselves. What, Lord Jesus, would You have said to Priya, had she brought her decrepit body and aching heart to You? Although the author spent quite a lot of time with Buddhist monks to research this book. At times there was frustration on their faces when the questions became tough and their answers dissimilar. Then you told them there is no self. Your followers have no final word to rely on. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Jesus: The same applies to morality. Size 16.9 x 13.5 cm. What made the experience of listening to Lotus and the Cross the most enjoyable? You gave them scores of rules to live by. His jolly countenance and leathery skin tell a story all their own. Within hours of her arrival, the very friend who had enticed her with the promise of big money mercilessly raped her. Any fool can do that. There is no way to talk of what one ought to do without showing the value of the person. The Lotus And The Cross. Buddha: I think…I’ll have to think on that. The discussions I had were always cordial and delightful. Jesus: May I finish by saying that when my people cast aside the Word, the absolute is lost? Actually, I've read most in this series years ago, but have decided to re-read them since they're so good and relevant to teaching World Religions and my life in general. A survey of common points in Christian and Buddhist mysticism, including parallels in Buddhis and Christian worldviews, historical development, moral teachings, and parallels between the life of the Buddha and that Jesus of Nazareth and St. Francis of Assisi. Which means the absolute you posit becomes only relatively true. An interesting theoretical conversation between Buddha and Jesus. I’ve obviously touched a nerve. This is so important that I want to dwell on it for a moment. By the age of twenty-three she had become a full-fledged prostitute, managed by a handful of thugs whoshared in the spoils. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - … AWESOME! 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. You took God away from them, Gautama, so they live in fear of the spirit world. Summary: The pioneer of contextual theology concludes his work on the person and message of Jesus with a profound meditation on the significance of Jesus for a post-Christian world. Although Toru herself was raised as a Christian with western ideology, she was able to relate herself back to her Eastern roots of India in the sonnet. Morality is inextricably joined to personhood. But the same cannot be said of God. Boat Driver: You really want me to do that? Maybe you have a friend who practices another religion or admires a more contemporary figure. Very intriguing! He does that from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. Parts of the dialogue feel very trivial, as if I am listening to two highly-educated men try to one-up each other all the while knowing the entire discourse is slanted. Jesus: I promised Priya that I would personalize the answer for her at the end. The dialogue between Jesus and Buddha was fascinating. Actually, I've read most in this series years ago, but have decided to re-read them since they're so good and relevant to teaching World Religions and my life in general. Or Oscar Wilde? I ask you, the reader, to examine the message of each, using both your heart and your mind. It is worth the … I see a monk walking in the distance, a bowl for begging in his hand, but I also see a man who spends most of his day waylaying tourists and seducing them with pictures to come and visit a nearby brothel. Yes, the food here wins the palate of virtually every traveler. I think it's more like Jesus talks TO Buddha. Ravi paints a word picture of a conversation between Buddha and Jesus Christ, to outline to differences. The Lotus and the Cross was easy to read. I am told that hundreds, if not thousands, have made their way to this very city over the years, and that the script has been the same for scores of them. Blisters blanketed her body. The lotus is the symbol of Buddhism; the cross, the symbol of the Christian faith. In esoteric Buddhism, a purple lotus is rare and mystical and might convey many things, depending on the number of flowers clustered together. I enjoyed the conversational nature of the book, and it covered several Buddhist philosophical precepts that I had not previously considered. Excerpted from The Lotus and the Cross by Ravi Zacharias, Copyright © 2001 by Ravi Zacharias. Odysseus and his crew finally escape, having lost six men per ship. But meaning is found in a relationship with the living God. Right from the beginning, the greatest question ever asked was “Has God really spoken?” The answer to that is a resound­ing “Yes!” That’s why I told Priya that it’s not bread that we live by, but every word that comes from the mouth of God. Now look at those people outside that spirit house nearby. This turned out to be very different than I expected however I loved it and recommend it. So, in other words, they are imaginary dialogues but based on what they taught and represented in their lives. Thus the poem “The Lotus” indicates a fusion between the West and East (Dutt, 82). I think it's more like Jesus talks TO Buddha. Pollution in worship is the result. I spent scores of hours in temples with monks and with instructors of students of Buddhist thought. I let my imagination take a ride and picture just such a conversation. Popular scholar Ravi … The lotus is the symbol of Buddhism; the cross, the symbol of the Christian faith. This book is very misleading, and I would not suggest it to be read by anyone who wants to take a fair view into the inner workings and philosophies of either Christianity or B. In "The Lotus and the Cross," Zacharias presents a conversation between Jesus and Gautama Buddha. Or did this scholar, among others, completely miss the fundamental differences? Kim Walker-Smith sings the hymn Jesus Paid It All at the Worship Circle. Through dialogue between Christ and Gautama Buddha that reveals Jesus' warm, impassioned concern for all people, God's true nature is explored. Jesus: I would be pleased to answer them. You’re very weak, and I will stay close to you. The actual book reads quite different with Buddha stating his case and Jesus following up each statement by saying how Buddha is wrong and that Christ's way is the only true unquestionable path to the extent that the author writes Buddha doubting his own teachings.. in the end this book is not a debate or a fair exchange of ideas but rather an attempt by Evangelical ministry to discredit Buddhists and promote their way s the only possibility. Popular scholar Ravi Zacharias sets a captivating scene in this first in the intriguing Conversations with Jesus books. This book is EXCELLENT. Looking for a fictional meet-cute in the new year? Having enjoyed such rapport with those who embrace the Buddhist worldview, I found it difficult to highlight the deep differences between Buddhism and Christianity and not bring offense. Hardened, calloused, and almost vengeful, she continued to sell her services to hundreds of customers, including bankers, businessmen, and doctors, of whom she kept a detailed record. Buddha: Shall we then call it numberless? Finally Priya poisoned herself once more, and this time she set her house on fire and lay down for the last time, enshrouded in flames. T wo separate copies of the current issue of The Cross and The Lotus Journal, in downloadable "pdf" format have been posted to this area of the web site.. A thorough look into the redemption of the cross. The lotus is the symbol of Buddhism; the cross, the symbol of the Christian faith. I cannot recommend it highly enough. The Lotus case concerns a criminal trial which was the result of the 2 August 1926 collision between the S.S. Lotus, a French steamer, and the S.S. Bozkourt, a Turkish steamer, in a region just north of Mytilene ().As a result of the accident, eight Turkish nationals aboard the Bozkourt drowned when the vessel was torn apart by the Lotus Great job Ravi. Awesome book. Reviews. This cross was commissioned to hold a piece of cloth believed to have the blood of the risen Christ on it. She was soon being used and abused to deviant ends, only with a new twist—she was paid for satisfying their perverse pleasures. Habits develop out of fear of the unknown. I cannot place food directly into his hands. A red lotus is associated with Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. She knew she was signing each man’s death warrant, but she was drowning in despair, and her life had lost all value. The author, a Christian Preacher, makes a strawman from buddhism and crushes it. I see an enormous temple over there, and I think I can answer your questions as we walk through it. I won a copy of this book in goodreads giveaway. An excellent and intriguing read. Popular scholar Ravi Zacharias sets a captivating scene between Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha in the first book of the Conversations with Jesus series. Here a cultural immersion would be impossible without visiting a host of temples—the Emerald Buddha, the Reclining Buddha, the Golden Buddha, and a long list of others. Although a book like this could be slanted any way one pleases, some fundamental ideas are inescapable and must be engaged. Jesus: I’ll leave you to draw the inevitable conclusion. Superstition in its essence is actually a subtle lack of faith in God. Many people are fond of pointing out how similar both these teachers were, they quote both side by side and and declare that they taught the same things. You've GOT to read this Great Conversations series: (The others are 1) New Birth or Rebirth-Jesus Talks with Krishna; 2) The Lamb and the Fuhrer--Jesus Talks with Hitler; 3) Sense and Sensuality--Jesus Talks with Oscar Wilde; & 4) Prince and the Prophet--Jesus Talks with Mohammed [to be released posthumously])! I am very much at home on this continent, for it reminds me so much of the land of my birth. Reluctantly, Odysseus tells the Phaeacians the sorry tale of his wanderings. Her once-beautiful body was reduced to ashes. Or Buddha? Think about it! Jacob decides to take matters into his own hands by beginning the process to wipe everyone out. Full judgment can be found here.. Background. Our conclusions must be in keeping with Truth that can be tested. This is a nice side of Ravi, a way in which I have not seen (=read) him before. He figured that as an instructor of comparative and Asian religion and someone who is involved in Buddhist-Christian dialogue, I would find the book to be of interest. The purpose in life, Gautama, is communion, not union. The lotus is a representation of Toru and her cultural encounters living in Western Europe (Dutt, 82). He has agreed to take me on a journey along the famed River of Kings. You did say that we ought to follow the truth wherever it leads? She made numerous attempts to kill herself, only to fail each time. To detail the story with more social and natural (landscape) information and how inhabitans relate to that, would have made to story richer. This book is EXCELLENT. You instructed them that their good deeds have to outweigh their bad deeds. Over many a cup of tea, we lingered and talked about life’s deepest questions and contrasting answers. In fact, wasn’t your objection to the caste system one of the reasons you rejected Hinduism? Are some of the faces I see this morning headed toward the same fearsome future? Or Buddha? It is worth the … is greater than the apostles and larger than Christianity". Through dialogue between Christ and Gautama Buddha that reveals Jesus' warm, impassioned concern for all people, God's true nature is explored. There can be no meaning when the goal is to meditate oneself into oblivion. The lotus is the symbol of Buddhism; the cross, the symbol of the Christian faith. Having only a cursory knowledge of Buddhism, I found it to be interesting and helpful for any apologetic discussions I might have...though judging by some of the reviews, I realize that the logic of Zacharias' argument may not be convincing to everyone. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to receive more just like it. But her real problem was that she had squan­dered the special person God made her to be. Free download or read online The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha pdf (ePUB) (Great Conversations Series) book. It makes the Buddha seem very flimsy, with the author's puppeteering obvious. This is a book of incredible insight. Through dialogue between Christ and Gautama Buddha, Zacharias reveals Jesus’ warm, impassioned concern for all people and explores God’s true nature. …Well, I offered it to him, Sir, and he refused. May the God of all truth lead you to the Truth that sets you free indeed. But please take note of the difference: The entanglement of your followers in superstition was a logical departure from your teaching because there was no God to start with. We’d love your help. 5. From Troy, the winds sweep him and his men to Ismarus, city of the Cicones. You also told them there is no one to pray to. A sense of nostalgia surfaces within me as the slumbering multitude begins to stir among the backdrop of temples and pagodas spiraling toward the sky. There is one major difference between your indictment of false worship and mine, a difference you cannot deny. I'll give him points for attempting the format but he loses points because I think I hear Ravi's voice more than Jesus' voice in the conversation and Buddha never quite gets to ask the questions he has of Jesus. But even there Priya found no relief from the plundering ways of those she had cast her lot with. A unique approach to comparing one religion to another. When I gave her my message of love and eternal life, she ran back to her village to tell the people that she had found the one who knew her frailties, yet loved her for who she was. Behind the two symbols stand two diametrically opposed beliefs. Jesus: You said you recalled an infinite number of births, didn’t you? Numerous mar­riages had come and gone. For the first time she found worth. There he is…chanting a prayer. Start by marking “The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha” as Want to Read: Error rating book. These temples have become puzzling places for me. Jesus: You saw the problem, but where’s the solution? Popular scholar Ravi Zacharias. If we don’t, some bad things could happen to us. Crown Publishing Group, 2010 - Religion - 96 pages. Case initiated by France to the Permanent Court of International Justice (PCIJ) in The Hague which is the predecessor to the International Court of Justice. Zacharias is a Christian absolutist through and through. Some people pointed out that Buddha does not question Jesus as to why Christianity is the best Theistic relegion or etc etc. We wend our way through back canals that teem with life, dotted by the corrugated iron rooftops along shores that house a large part of this megacity. Inevitably, financial strain set in, and she could hardly wait to give birth to the child so she could give it away, then return to the sordid life that had enslaved her. So they went straightway and mingled with the Lotus-eaters, and the Lotus-eaters did not plan death for my comrades, but gave them of the lotus to taste. Imagining a conversation between Jesus and Buddha helps bring the similarities and differences to light. Many Buddhist scholars have drawn parallels between Buddha’s and Jesus’ teachings; one noted scholar even called them “brothers.” Is that an accurate portrayal? PrologueIt is the first blush of dawn as I step into this long-tailed boat after haggling with the boatman for a suitable price. This captivating dialogue not only clears up confusion about the claims of Christ and Buddha, but also provides us with a highly entertaining read.” They are all fic. This book was an awesome read! In the not so distant future, biochemical technology has advanced in unexpected ways. Here, Priya, let me give you a hand. The smiles, the graces, and the charms exude as in no other land I know. Have you ever wondered what Jesus would say to Mohammed? My people also turned their backs on me and polluted the worship of the true God. It presents itself as a discussion between Jesus and Buddha with the ultimate conclusions to be drawn by the reader. Jesus: Wat, why don’t you give him this fruit? Or Oscar Wilde? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Interestingly, the faces of suffering were what led Gautama (the birth name of Buddha) to pursue the answers to such grief, and in that pursuit, he became the Buddha, the “Enlightened One.”. This book is very misleading, and I would not suggest it to be read by anyone who wants to take a fair view into the inner workings and philosophies of either Christianity or Buddhism. What differ­ence does the nature of the perversion make? I read this book at the urging of a friend. Jesus: That’s what I’m saying to you. Priya: Did we lose our driver? In my own research on Buddhism I found it very difficult to nail down what Buddhists truly believe and how they practice- since there are several different schools of thought, as well as innumerable cultural nuances that play into each of these sch. By Okeelia Tulloch. Buddha: But everything else I have taught hangs on that state­ment of impermanence. I disclose the heart of every person who comes to me. In that sense, at least, I trust I have presented the ideas fairly and subjected them to scrutiny. I don’t understand how all this ritual and idolatry has come about. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. I learned a lot about the religion of Buddha; so very hopeless and depressing! I lift up my eyes to the hills. Jesus: Yes, many have perverted the worship of the living God and continue to do so. It is worth the exercise because it will determine your destiny. I thought he was coming. You told them there is no evil one to fear. Ravi Zacharias has a reputation for his intellect and sensitivity, being able to engage both the mind and the heart. The gold, the precious stones, all on a carved idol…. He who comes to me will be fulfilled. Captivating. This is a city I havevisited often and its people are among the most winsome in the world. There’s no way to confer value on a person unless that value is intrinsic. Gautama, may I ask you a simple philosophical question? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. First, you told them there is no God. Reliable information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) is available from the World Health Organization (current situation, international travel).Numerous and frequently-updated resource results are available from this WorldCat.org search.OCLC’s WebJunction has pulled together information and resources to assist library staff as they consider how to handle … I give to you life that’s abundant. Why didn’t you give them an abiding authority? But here, too, the newspapers sound a somber tone. Even as someone who knows very little about Buddhism it is not hard to see that Jesus is up against a straw man Buddha. Christianity, with all its faults and absurdities, is RIGHT. And I also think that you have to have a background on budism before reading this, otherwise could be confusing. I really liked this book. The Cross and the Switchblade - David WilkersonThe astonishing true story of … Ravaged the population, and you don ’ t eat after the noon hour and! 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