Jesus and Buddha


Maybe we don’t need to enter a monastery or go to the desert, but some form of discipline may be necessary if we are to move beyond the self as the center of identity and into the liberating vastness of the “Buddha-field” or the nourishing wholeness of the “Christ-reality.

Robert Kennedy, Chung Hyun Kyung and Paul Knitter lead us on an adventure through the spiritually rich terrain where Buddhist and Christian paths meet. As they share their experiences, we realize that the questions and struggles that motivate them are our own. And their reflections throw the light back on us. We can see better the prison of our ceaseless preoccupations, our obsessions, our animosities. Perhaps our own notions of the spiritual path have been limited by our need for answers and our desire for comfort?




Robert Kennedy, Chung Hyun Kyung and Paul Knitter — three “modern mystics” — lead us on an adventure through spiritually nourishing terrain where Christian and Buddhist paths meet.

Each of the teachers in this film was called by the Buddha to a deeper understanding of God, rediscovering the heart of Christianity through Buddhist practice. Their spellbinding personal stories transmit Buddhist-Christian wisdom in fresh, surprising ways that leave the viewer full of wonder. The film shows how inter-religious learning and practice is reinvigorating the meaning of faith in our time.

John Makransky, Assoc. Professor of Buddhism & Comparative Theology, Boston College

Duration: 44 Min.

Release Date : 2012

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