The similarities and differences between the Traditions founded by Shakyamuni, called the Buddha, and Jesus, called the Christ, fascinate both scholars and students of religion. Interest burgeons as encounters between Christians and Buddhists increase, and as the world becomes smaller through Technology and travel. By Exploring the two Religious founders through the lives and Views of their followers The Buddha and the Christ introduces readers to major Mahayana Buddhist perspectives and explores the dynamics of discipleship-past and present-of both Christian and Buddhist traditions.
The Buddha and the Christ begins with the lives and teachings of both Shakyamuni and Jesus. Lefebure then examines the Classical paths of Transformation they inspired : the Zen and Pure Land traditions of Mahayana Buddhism and the perspectives of the early Christians Dioynsius the Areopagite and St. Augustine. Finally, he turns to the examples of two contemporary figures : the Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh and the Peruvian priest Gustavo Gutierrez.
Nowhere are the convergences and confluences of these two religious traditions as refreshingly illuminated and clarified as they are here. The Buddha and the Christ offers readers a vital and accessible view of the Buddha and the Christ that wonderfully captures the Fruits of recent scholarship.