The Good Heart - Praise

A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus

This landmark of interfaith dialogue will inspire readers of all faiths.



232 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9781614293255

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“This is the record of an extraordinary and historic interfaith encounter. To hear the Dalai Lama reflecting on the Gospels is exciting, refreshing, and illumining, reminding those of us who are Christians that this is a living Word.”—Diana L. Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies, Harvard University

“Sparkling wit and compassionate understanding mark these penetrating insights of the Dalai Lama into spiritual foundations of two of the world's great religious traditions. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal

“The Dalai Lama establishes himself as an authentic presence respectful of Christian traditions....This is a fascinating book which deserves a great deal of attention in these times of multicultural exchange.”—Publishers Weekly

“[The Dalai Lama's] reading of the meeting between Mary Magdalene and Jesus in Saint John's account of the Resurrection brought many to tears. It would be hard to say exactly why. Some said later that it was as if they were hearing the words for the very first time, as though their tenderness and mystery and beauty had been taken for granted and were brought to life again, like a gift from an unexpected courier.”—Robert Kiely, Professor of English and American Literature, Harvard University

“Arguably the best book on interreligious dialogue published to date. One does not say such things lightly, but in a very real sense this is a holy book.”—Huston Smith, author of The Illustrated World's Religions

“One hopes for more interfaith dialogues such as this one.”—Timeline

“...models the elements of a meaningful interfaith dialogue.”—Tricycle

“...stirring and revelatory commentary on the Gospels.”—Booklist

“...a book of profound wisdom and tenderness.”—Parabola

“...a fine addition to the growing body of literature on Christian-Buddhist discussion.”—Shambhala Sun

“ illuminating handbook for the study of both religions.”—Utne Reader

“...a treat for the soul that should be approached, read, and pondered with reverence and a prayerful attitude.”—New Age Retailer

“What comes across so a sense of affirmation for Buddhists and Christians alike.”—The Beacon

“...weaves together the convergences and variances of Buddhism and Christianity in a way that preserves each tradition's integrity.”—Gnosis

“...a bold and successful experiment.”—Turning Wheel

“The reader must be content with ink on paper, yet the extreme care with which this volume was assembled, the choice of words, the sequencing of commentary and the unobtrusive notes helping us imagine what it looked like, what it felt like, what was actually happening at the seminar— all these combine to make the book an uplifting and nourishing spiritual experience...”—Noetic Sciences Review

“The Jesus who emerges from this exegesis is a person remarkably similar to the Dalai Lama himself: someone able to hold passionate commitments about the religious life, to advocate those teachings to others, but to do so in a way that unifies people around their common humanness rather than destructively promoting division.”—Books & Culture: A Christian Review

“A remarkable interreligious dialogue for everyone.”—Arkansas Democrat Gazette

“This book received from mainstream and progressive Christian organizations and interfaith organizations. The appeal for Christians is that here you have the world's best-known authority on Buddhism affirming the general principles of your scripture's teachings. The appeal for people who are interested in learning about world religions is that it shows the remarkable parallels between the teachings of Jesus and Buddha. […] The messages are as relevant today as they were 2,000 years ago.”—Stu Fegely, chair of the Adult Spiritual Growth committee, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, in The Ithaca Journal