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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The teachings of the historical, and Gnostic, Jesus are shown in parallel columns with those of the Buddha, Krishna, and Lao Tzu.
The mystical aspects of Jesus' teachings are compared to those of teachers from three other world religions. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published September 30th by Sanctuary Publications. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details.
More filters. Sort order. Dec 05, Audra rated it really liked it Shelves: spiritual. Today I learned a new term: Progressive Christian.
One of the several descriptors of a Progressive Christian is one who honors other faith traditions as a viable path to God. I was so encouraged by this.
At the young age of 29 after having attended an Episcopal Church only a handful of times and knowing absolutely nothing about its traditions, I looked the priest square in the face and said ever so assertively: "I believe that the world's major religions are all cultural interpretations of the s Today I learned a new term: Progressive Christian. At the young age of 29 after having attended an Episcopal Church only a handful of times and knowing absolutely nothing about its traditions, I looked the priest square in the face and said ever so assertively: "I believe that the world's major religions are all cultural interpretations of the same God.
I was simply testing his response to see if this was the kind of place I wanted to be a part of. He smiled and said that was the most intelligent and thoughtful thing he'd heard from anyone in awhile and said I was certainly welcome at his table. Of course, I stayed Progressive then Progressive now. Progressive Christian. Currently reading the book below. Here's just one example: Jesus: When you pray, enter your hidden chamber and shut the door. Krishna: Shut out the physical world.
Control the mind. Then you will become free. Buddha: Meditate deeply. Lao Tzu: Close the door and shut out the senses. Do this and you will never be exhausted. Can't think of how four completely separate doctrines can be so similar if not for a common Center: God. View 2 comments.
Jul 02, Jenne rated it it was ok Shelves: religion. The sayings of Jesus in this book are mainly accessibly translated verses from Gnostic sources. The author's purpose seems to be seeking out the earliest recorded sayings of Jesus in order to shed light on what his original sayings might have been. From these sources, he then draws parallels between early Gnostic sayings with those of Krishna, Buddha and La Tzu. If readers are looking for the sayings of Jesus most familiar to them, they will not find them in this volume.
As I read, the purpose f The sayings of Jesus in this book are mainly accessibly translated verses from Gnostic sources. As I read, the purpose for why I was reading the book changed. I have had a lingering interest in the Gnostic gospels since reading Doctrine and Covenants Section 91 which guardedly recommends gnostic study to Latter-day Saints. On that score, the appendix chapter on the sources used and descriptions of a number of Gnostic gospels offers an excellent reference to continue further study of apocryphal scripture.
I will likely refer to it repeatedly while deciding which gnostic gospel to read next. I would like to see another volume such as this one that focused on the familiar sayings of Jesus.
I would also like to see an additional column added that includes the canon of the 4th Abrahamic religion Mormonism that is often not given much attention by religious scholars. Even to be considered comprehensive in the current scene of comparative religion, Islam needed to be included.
View 1 comment. Feb 02, Tom rated it liked it. Interesting reference. Author points out the difficulty putting such a work together, including copywrite laws and multiple translations.
There are better commentaries and works that reflect the Perennial philosophy evident in wisdom teachings, such as Aldous Huxley's work.
Mar 12, J. Messinger rated it it was amazing. Simply the best book of its kind that shares the sayings from all the masters and compares them side by side by topic. I love this book. Highly recommend for anyone seeking to compare the masters and what they said.
The Good: The format is great, and the quotes are easy to read and understand. For those looking for a quick introduction to how some of the teachings of these noteworthy individuals is similar, this is a good start. His interest is focused on Gnostic Christianity and how it compares to Eastern Religions.
There is nothing wrong with this at all. However, the most widely accepted records of Jesus are given second preference to texts many people have never read or even heard of.
Again, there is nothing wrong with this, but this preference makes the title a bit misleading - if you're looking for the comparison between Jesus' words in the Canonical Gospels and those of the Buddha, Krishna, and Lao Tzu, this book will give you some, but more than half of it will not be of interest.
This is strange, but illustrates his preference for Gnostic texts over Canonical ones. In addition, not every quote or theme has parallels across all four traditions. A few chapters are mostly a comparison between Jesus and the Buddha. The Ugly: Instead of using any particular translation of the many texts the author draws from, he instead chose to read many versions and reword them himself. This lessens his credibility in my book, making the comparison of these texts suspect.
I would have preferred a side-by-side comparison of well-respected translations of these texts, but the author made an intentional choice to reword them. I don't think that was wise. If you're looking for an accessible, side-by-side comparison of thematic teachings by these four great teachers, pick this up. Just don't use it as a reference in any academic papers, kids.
This book pulls quotes from four sources--Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, and Taoist--and compares them side-by-side. He does a decent job. You definitely get the sense of their similarities, but they're hardly "parallel sayings. In the case of Jesus, most of the quotes come from an ancient unorthodox sect called the Gnostics, who haven't existed for millenia.
This kind of felt like cheating, as he certainly would have had a much harder time drawing parallels between mainstream Christianity and the other three.
But that's all nit picking. The point is that enlightened wisdom is enlightened wisdom, irrespective of how you get there. You're going to get basically the same message no matter where you go: don't be materialistic, love your neighbor, and connect with something thing greater than your isolated self.
Sep 13, Bob rated it really liked it. One of the most surprising things for people who begin studying comparative religion is that there are many parallels between the world's spiritual teachings. Among the most striking similarities are those found between Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism and Christianity.
Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and Lao Tzu : The Parallel Sayings
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