Toward A True Kinship of Faiths

Toward A True Kinship of Faiths

[how the World's Religions Can Come Together]

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010
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When I was growing up in Tibet, and especially after my serious engagement in studies of classical Buddhist thought and practice from the age of fifteen, I used to feel that my own Buddhist religion was the best. I thought that there simply could not be any other faith tradition that could rival the depth, sophistication, and inspirational power of Buddhism. Other religions must, at best, be "so-so." Looking back, I feel embarrassed by my naiveté, although it was the view of an adolescent boy immersed in his own savior, Jesus Christ. In fact, as a child I had heard the story of how some Christian priests had once established a mission in western Tibet in the seventeenth century. There was also a small community of Tibetan Muslims right up until modern times, who had lived in Lhasa city for over four centuries. As for Hindus and Jains, followers of the two other major religions native to India, I was convinced that the philosophical arguments, found in the classical Buddhist critiques of their tenets, had effectively demonstrated the superiority of the Buddhist faith centuries ago...
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2010
Additional Contributors: Gere, Richard 1949-


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unbalancedbutfair Jun 14, 2012

If for no other reason than to get a respectful idea of what the world's faiths hold, or at least a respectful man's honest and earnest belief of what they hold, read or listen to this book. I learned things that I hadn't known before about other religions and the author is incredibly respectful without trivializing or simplifying beyond the point of truth other faiths. And yet he makes no bones about where there are fundamental disagreements. It was respectful and enlightening. His core argument: that at the heart of each religion is compassion and we ought use that common ground to help our fellow man whatever their creed is a good thought. As is his example of respect for other religions even with fundamental disagreements. To be sure, the philosophical arguments are not powerful and complex. If you are looking for that look elsewhere. If you are honestly seeking to understand this is worth the read. This is a good man's good work.


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