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"[Thich Nhat Hanh] shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth." --His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for a Nobel Peace Prize, Thich Nhat Hanh is one of today’s leading sources of wisdom, peace, compassion and comfort.

The 20th anniversary edition of the classic text, updated, revised, and featuring a Mindful Living Journal.

Buddha and Christ, perhaps the two most pivotal figures in the history of humankind, each left behind a legacy of teachings and practices that have shaped the lives of billions of people over two millennia. If they were to meet on the road today, what would each think of the other''s spiritual views and practices? 

Thich Nhat Hanh has been part of a decades-long dialogue between two great contemplatice traditions, and brings to Christianity an appreciation of its beauty that could be conveyed only by an outsider. IN lucid, meditative prose, he explores the crossroads of compassion and holiness at which the two traditions meet, and he reawakens our understanding of both. "On the altar in my hermitage," he says, "are images of Buddha and Jesus, and I touch both of them as my spiritual ancestors."

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"Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man, for he is humble and devout. He is a scholar of immense intellectual capacity. His ideas for peace if applied, would build a monument of ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity."  —Martin Luther King, Jr.

"He shows us the connection between personal, inner peace, and peace on earth." —His Holiness The Dalai Lama

"The message: Peace, love, and compassion are central to the teachings of Buddha and Christ, and people of both faiths should be tolerant of one another." —The Washington Post

About the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese monk,  a rare combination of mystic, scholar, and activist and one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers in the West. Poet, Zen master, and chairman of the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation during the Vietnam War, he was nominated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Twenty years ago at a conference I attended of theologians and professors of religion, an Indian Christian friend told the assembly, "We are going to hear about the beauties of several traditions, but that does not mean that we are going to make a fruit salad." When it came my turn to speak, I said, "Fruit salad can be delicious! I have shared the Eucharist with Father Daniel Berrigan, and our worship became possible because of the sufferings we Vietnamese and Americans shared over many years." Some of the Buddhists present were shocked to hear I had participated in the Eucharist, and many Christians seemed truly horrified. To me, religious life is life. I do not see any reason to spend one''s whole life tasting one kind of fruit. We human beings can be nourished by the best values of many traditions.

Just as a flower is made only of non-flower elements, Buddhism is made only of non-Buddhist elements, including Christian ones, and Christianity is made of non-Christian elements, including Buddhist ones. We have different roots, traditions, and ways of seeing, but we share the common qualities of love, understanding, and acceptance. For our dialogue to be open, we need to open our hearts, set aside our prejudices, listen deeply, and represent truthfully what we know and understand. To do this, we need a certain amount of faith. In Buddhism, faith means confidence in our and others'' ability to wake up to our deepest capacity of loving and understanding. In Christianity, faith means trust in God, the One who represents love, understanding, dignity, and truth. When we are still, looking deeply, and touching the source of our true wisdom, we touch the living Buddha and the living Christ in ourselves and in each person we meet.

In this small book, I shall try to share some of my experiences of and insights into two of the world''s beautiful flowers, Buddhism and Christianity, so that we as a society can begin to dissolve our wrong perceptions, transcend our wrong views, and see one another in fresh, new ways. If we can enter the twenty-first century with this spirit of mutual understanding and acceptance, our children and their children will surely benefit.

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Joe Klingman
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Excellent Spiritual Reading
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2018
This Buddhist monk has a better grasp of Christianity than most Christians. One of the best spiritual books I''ve read.
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Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2018
I am deeply rooted in my Christian faith. I have also been a fan of Buddha for quite some time. Hanh understands spirituality that surpasses religion and shares that understanding in a very friendly, accessible style.
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Great book
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2018
Absolutely wonderful book. I''ve often wondered of the differences and similarities in both the Buddha and Jesus and this is a fabulous book that goes into great detail about both. I love how open Thich Nhat Hanh is in his writing. As someone who has been following the... See more
Absolutely wonderful book. I''ve often wondered of the differences and similarities in both the Buddha and Jesus and this is a fabulous book that goes into great detail about both. I love how open Thich Nhat Hanh is in his writing. As someone who has been following the Buddhist path, I found this to be inspirational and an overall enlightening read.
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Working for Peace together
Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2018
Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most important spiritual writers today. He continues to explore and show the many many reasons that Christians and Buddhists ( and many other spiritual traditions) can and should work together, study together, and work for social change... See more
Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most important spiritual writers today.
He continues to explore and show the many many reasons that Christians and Buddhists ( and many other spiritual traditions) can and should work together, study together, and work for social change and justice .. together.
I really enjoyed learning Thich Nhat Hanh knew and worked for Peace along side with Jesuit Dan Berrigan as early as 1968.

In today''s troubled world, he offers a vision of hope... and of a path to follow to seek and promote peace.
20 plus years later , and even more timely and compelling.
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Simple, inexpensive and quick read
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2019
The book itself is bound beautifully, if you enjoy the feel of a compact hardcover book. The content is simple to ingest. I purchased the book for research purpose, but it''s so beautiful on the outside and inside, I keep it in my living room as a fixed decorative piece. If... See more
The book itself is bound beautifully, if you enjoy the feel of a compact hardcover book. The content is simple to ingest. I purchased the book for research purpose, but it''s so beautiful on the outside and inside, I keep it in my living room as a fixed decorative piece. If your seeking gentle and kind words of enlightenment...give this book a read. Mia
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Very good book - simply written and easy to follow
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2017
Inspiring book that merges Buddhism with Christianity. Covers the similarities and differences, but most importantly the deeper, universal meaning of both practices. It also provides how to practice and apply these teachings in everyday life. True wisdom in this book.... See more
Inspiring book that merges Buddhism with Christianity. Covers the similarities and differences, but most importantly the deeper, universal meaning of both practices. It also provides how to practice and apply these teachings in everyday life. True wisdom in this book. Thank you for bringing this into the world!
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This is the first read about mindfulness that’s connected with Christianity put in such a way to access present moment intersection by way of faith practice, for me. What I''ve learned through my faith practice, “Peace, be still” is how mindfulness is key, for... See more
This is the first read about mindfulness that’s connected with Christianity put in such a way to access present moment intersection by way of faith practice, for me.

What I''ve learned through my faith practice, “Peace, be still” is how mindfulness is key, for me.

This lead me to sit with Buddhists in about 2013. Discovered it''s a practice, not ‘religion’ and both my faith beliefs and tho practice coexist without disrupting one or the other. But instead, merge presence into a calm peace-filled space of focus on now.

Thich Nhat Hahn’s Living Buddha Living Christ is a merging of comprehension for me. I''ve had the opportunity to participate with Thay (name for THN meaning teacher) at the Beacon Theater in New York City for the World Compassion tour.

Bought my first THN book at the event, Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices to include in my faith practice on temperance and stillness. My thought was at the time if this includes all Thay’s practices maybe I can find my inner joy through practicing them, too.

At .7 speed on Audible at night, this is a great way to soothe and focus before sleeping. Sometimes playing all night wake to a practice moment. What a wonderful way to start the day.

What I''ve learned about faith from ‘practice’ and present moment mindfulness is prolific. This connection has given me a deeper focus on the fruits of the spirit and access to a deeper joy and peace.

My son is so impressed with the difference he read Happiness after a couple of years owning it as a gift from me. This helped him ground during some difficulties.

My son then introduced me to You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, by THN. Which led me to share Zen Mind Beginner Mind.

Neither of us believes in God less. We are happier believers for the peace mindfulness practice invites. I see God more in my life as a result of the practices of Happiness.

In the many years as a Christian I can''t recollect being significantly impacted with regards to peace. It was through mindfulness connected with the word, “Peace, be still” that everything began making sense via “practice”.

This book has strengthened my heart and joy for God’s love within and through me for others. I''m very happy to have concluded my journey to 52 books in 2021 with this text on merging my practice for literacy.

Growing up struggling as a reader required a lot of practice. Now, with audio, as a listener, too.

I''ve bought the hard cover print to include with my library to enjoy as a reminder with scripture. Plus, the Audible for quiet listening at night.

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Great Dialogue
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2018
I was very curious to learn about the comparison in theology and understand different perspectives. I feel my questions were acknowledged and I gained insight. Perhaps some wisdom as well. I have now read several books by this author and enjoyed each one. This was a good... See more
I was very curious to learn about the comparison in theology and understand different perspectives. I feel my questions were acknowledged and I gained insight. Perhaps some wisdom as well. I have now read several books by this author and enjoyed each one. This was a good one.
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I have been searching for a way of life for a long time now.Thich Nhat Hanh ,his books and teachings have given me a direction in life that I could not find before.By way of mindfulness and meditation I have become a more centred and better person.I now live in the...See more
I have been searching for a way of life for a long time now.Thich Nhat Hanh ,his books and teachings have given me a direction in life that I could not find before.By way of mindfulness and meditation I have become a more centred and better person.I now live in the present,instead on dwelling too much in the past and worrying about the future.His book Living Buddha and Living Christ gave me more insight into how people all over the world can live together and respect each others beliefs.I wish that they were more people like him ,especially those in politics and education,what a wonderful way to teach our children,to love one another and respect all living things.
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Great Interfaith Discussion
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 19, 2014
Christians, don''t be put off by this book. Thich Nhat Hanh has helped me to take a more Godly and practical outlook to my Christian faith by "approaching God through the Holy Spirit rather than through Theology" (His words) This book is not an argument for either of...See more
Christians, don''t be put off by this book. Thich Nhat Hanh has helped me to take a more Godly and practical outlook to my Christian faith by "approaching God through the Holy Spirit rather than through Theology" (His words) This book is not an argument for either of the two Religions, but rather a consideration of the merits and shortcomings in each (Or should I say potential merits and shortcomings) If you want to grow in your faith, I say read this book
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Opening the door to mutual recognition and understanding.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 1, 2021
As someone who is trying to understand the aspects of Buddhist faith and practice that can converge with Christian faith and practice, I thought that this book was written as a noble effort to affirm what could be affirmed by both traditions. A stimulating read. It is a...See more
As someone who is trying to understand the aspects of Buddhist faith and practice that can converge with Christian faith and practice, I thought that this book was written as a noble effort to affirm what could be affirmed by both traditions. A stimulating read. It is a shame that few Christians are attempting to engage in a similar exercise of ecumenical dialogue.
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If you want to re evaluate your thinking this is a great book. I love the way Thich Nhat Hanh writes. It makes you consider your perspective and contemplate your place in the world. I am going to let my mum read it next.
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Excellent book so far
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Excellent book so far, reading it at moment. But the best thing about it, was that it arrived uncontaminated from Synthetic Perfume Chemicals. It was clean! Yay : )
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