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The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of JesusThe Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus by Dalai Lama XIV
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. Not only did I get to see the Bible from a Buddhist perspective, I also got to see that even devoted Christians are beginning to be more open-minded in interpretation. In reading this book, I began to realize just how much the individual churches have influenced my opinion of Christianity in general. I realize I have been a bit closed off to the idea of embracing Christianity in any form. I found it interesting that the Dalai Lama kept emphasizing that he didn’t think anyone should change religions, but delve deeper into the religion they were brought up in. I’m not sure I agree wholeheartedly, but I do think it is important not to throw away everything from one religion to go to another. I have begun to think of religion as a flowing, ever-changing process rather than a hard fast rule system. I feel I can take the things I have learned from Christianity (a religion I have both wholeheartedly embraced and rejected, one that my whole upbringing was fashioned around) and combine them with all the things I am still learning about other religious ways and adapt the ideas to a more open-minded view.

I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially to those who have rejected Christianity based on their experiences with the church. I feel like seeing a more open world view of the teachings helped me come to terms with some of my negative attitudes toward the church.

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