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    ISBN 0-86171-138-6 $15.95ISBN-13 978-0-8617-1138-3

    Words of praise for The Good HeartThis 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 penetratinginsights of the Dalai Lama into spiritual foundations of two of the

    worlds great religious traditions. Highly recommended.Library Journal

    The Dalai Lama establishes himself as an authentic presence respectful ofChristian traditions. This is a fascinating book which deserves a great deal of

    attention in these times of multicultural exchange.Publishers Weekly

    A fine addition to the growing body of literatureon Christian-Buddhist discussion.Shambhala Sun

    The Good Heart models the elements of a meaningfulinterfaith dialogue.Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

    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 Worlds Religions

    A stirring and revelatory commentary on the Gospels.Booklist

    An illuminating handbook for the study of both religions.Utne Reader

    A book of very profound wisdom and tenderness.Parabola

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  • TheGOODHEART

    A BUDDHIST PERSPECTIVEON THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS

    HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA

    Introduction and Christian Context byLaurence Freeman, OSB

    Translated from the Tibetan and Annotated byGeshe Thupten Jinpa

    Edited and with a Preface byRobert Kiely

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    His Holiness the Dalai Lama 1996 World Community for Christian Meditation 1996

    First Edition 1996Paperback Edition 1998

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    Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataTenzin Gyatso, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935

    The good heart : a Buddhist perspective on the teachings of Jesus / His Holinessthe Dalai Lama ; introduction and Christian annotations by Dom Laurence

    Freeman ; translation from the Tibetan and Buddhist annotations by ThuptenJinpa ; edited and with a preface by Robert Kiely.

    p. cm.ISBN 0-86171-114-9 (cloth)ISBN 0-86171-138-6 (paper)1. Jesus ChristBuddhist interpretations. 2. Jesus ChristTeachings.

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  • CONTENTS

    A Note to the Reader.....viiPreface.....ix

    INTRODUCTION.....1

    1 A WISH FOR HARMONY.....35

    2 LOVE YOUR ENEMY.....45Matthew 5:3848

    3 THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT: THE BEATITUDES.....53Matthew 5:110

    4 EQUANIMITY.....67Mark 3:3135

    5 THE KINGDOM OF GOD.....71Mark 4:2634

    6 THE TRANSFIGURATION.....89Luke 9:2836

    7 THE MISSION.....95Luke 9:16

    8 FAITH.....111John 12:4450

    9 THE RESURRECTION.....117John 20:1018

    The Christian Context of the Gospel Readings.....131Glossary of Christian Terms.....149

    The Buddhist Context.....165Glossary of Buddhist Terms.....177

    Notes.....193Tibet Since the Chinese Occupation in 1950.....201

    Biographies.....202

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  • PUBLISHERS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

    The publisher gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the GereFoundation in helping to fund the production of this book. Formany years Richard Gere has supported His Holiness the Dalai Lamasefforts to end the suffering of the Tibetan people and regain their home-land from the Chinese. At the same time, Richard has been instrumentalin helping to spread His Holinesss message of universal responsibility,compassion, and peace through his public expressions, and by helpingWisdom Publications publish a series of important books by HisHoliness. We laud his efforts and appreciate his support.

    A special thanks to Dom Laurence Freeman, OSB, and the WorldCommunity for Christian Meditation for entrusting the publication ofthis important work to Wisdom.

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  • A NOTE TO THE READER

    This book explores the Gospels with the Dalai Lama and the partici-pants of the 1994 John Main Seminar. In addition to capturing theproceedings of the Seminar, this book has been augmented with addi-tional contextual material on the Christian and Buddhist traditions toenhance its use as a tool for future interreligious dialogues.

    The main body of The Good Heart is organized around individualpassages from the Gospel upon which the Dalai Lama is commenting.Each chapter begins with His Holinesss reading of and comments on aparticular Gospel passage. The Gospel passages used in The Good Heartare based on the New English Bible (University of Oxford Press, 1970),which was John Mains preferred version.

    Robert Kielys preface evokes the mood and atmosphere of theSeminar itself. Laurence Freemans introduction provides an overview ofinterreligious dialogue in general, and Christian-Buddhist dialogue inparticular.

    Occasionally in the body of the text, a narrators voice brieflyappears to set the scene. This is Robert Kiely, highlighting some of theexperiences of the Seminar as they occurred. These narrative interludesare set apart in italic type in order to help the reader distinguish themfrom the actual dialogue. The end of some chapters include the Seminardiscussion periods, during which panelists shared insights and querieswith the Dalai Lama. In these sections, the speakers are identified.

    In the back portion of The Good Heart, there is additional informa-tion to assist and broaden the understanding of the two spiritual tradi-tions. Father Laurence Freeman has written the section entitled TheChristian Context, in which he offers a Christian interpretation of theGospel passages commented upon by the Dalai Lama. He also provides aglossary of Christian terms mentioned in the dialogue.

    Geshe Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lamas interpreter, has written the

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    section entitled The Buddhist Context in order to provide a generalunderstanding of central Buddhist concepts to readers unfamiliar withBuddhism. Thupten Jinpa also compiled a glossary of Buddhist terms.

    Throughout The Good Heart, but especially in the back section, bothTibetan and Sanskrit terms from Buddhism are used. For the most part,Sanskrit terms have been rendered in their appropriate scholarly form,with the exception of individuals names, which have been written withease of pronunciation in mind. Tibetan terms have been spelled in pho-netics also for ease of pronunciation. Appropriate scholarly spellings of

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