Jesus, Buddha, Krishna and Lao Tzu: The Parallel Sayings

 

Divided into thirteen subject areas, each chapter is introduced by the author. The parallel sayings themselves are presented in four columns across two face-to-face pages.

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What Readers are Saying about Parallel Sayings:

“Is it possible that the great teachers of major world religions present slightly different paths to the same destination? Does the wisdom of these teachings resonate at such a deep, personal level of recognition because they reveal the truth that has always been inside each individual’s consciousness? “Too often, religions have been used to separate humanity, Richard Hooper trives to find the common ground of connection in his comparative study of the teachings of four of the world’s great religions. Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Lao Tzu: The Parallel Saying explores thirteen subject areas that range from “The Great Way” to “Death and Immortality.” Each chapter has a thought-provoking introduction by the author, who asks the reader to probe the topics with an open mind and heart to embrace the wisdom that transcends the limits of dogma and examines the building blocks of world spirituality. The Parallel Sayings are presented in four columns across two facing pages. These gems capture the perspective of each spiritual tradition and reveal the universality of wisdom. The beauty of Hooper’s work is that his comparisons do not attempt to make any tradition right or wrong. He simply finds the common ground. In doing so, he moves his reader to higher ground, a little closer to enlightenment. The book is illustrated with black and white photographs that utilize the magnificence of nature, religious sculptures, symbols, and art to capture the beauty and elegance of man’s attempts to express a love of the divine. A delight to give or receive, this book might be a great addition to one’s coffee table collection, with the potential to spark thoughtful discussion and compassionate insight.” - Claudia Abbott--Science of Mind Magazine—The United Church of Religious Science

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“The Parallel Sayings is a priceless treasury of interfaith understanding that touches my heart. I add my prayers that this book will find its way too many open-hearted readers.”  - Brother David Steindl-Rast, O.S. B., author (with Robert Aitken Roshi) of The Ground We Share

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“A much needed journey into the minds and hearts of the great prophets of our world; academic, yet heart-filled, stimulating and illuminating. At a time when too many use religion to separate, Parallel Sayings finds a way to join. This rare text answers many questions that others leave hanging, and touches the spirit as well as the mind. A book you will be proud and fulfilled to own and share.”             - Alan Cohen, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul and A Deep Breath of Life

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“I was very much taken by the idea of this book when I first learned it was in the making, but the execution of it—the reality of it—is just wonderful. Its publication is a truly timely event, bound to nourish those who are soul-weary of combativeness in the name of religion.” - Carol Lee Flinders, Ph.D,, author of Enduring Lives: Portraits of Women and Faith in Action

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“Richard Hooper sends a powerful message that will be welcomed by all who seek the truth within, and within their own tradition. The Divine expresses itself wherever there is a transformed heart and open mind—no matter the culture, no matter the time. By venturing outside the circle of Christianity, as the author was prompted to do, we too find more that can feed us, more that illumines what we first learned so we can truly embrace the Divine as present in all, and everywhere.” - Jeffrey M. Cox, Snow Lion Publications

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“I wanted to commend you on your wonderful book. It is a glorious achievement and I am absolutely delighted to have it in my reference library. I learned of your book in an ad in Shambala Sun. I will highly recommend to others. It is so very insightful. Congratulations." - Jan Dermo Lundy, Interfaith Spiritual Director and author of women’s spirituality books.

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“Great Souls are born among humankind to uplift them to higher consciousness, transformation and being. In this book, former minister Richard Hooper, M. Div. presents basic building blocks of world spirituality through the parallel sayings of Jesus , Buddha, Krishna and Lao Tzu. Here one finds our common thread in the universality of spirituality. World Peace might be achieved if we understood life and the divine as presented here.” - Adrian Ravarour, Ph.D., Bishop, American Catholic Church

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“Richard Hooper takes you beyond what the holy men said, and into the heart and mind that drove the likes of Gandhi, as he fell dead, blessing and forgiving the man who shot him, or Francis of Assisi tossing his clothes out the window and strolling out the back door naked to begin his quest for God. A man whose own spiritual intensity has taken him from renegade Lutheran pastor to the no-brand seek of truth he is today, Hooper can certainly irritate your comfort zones. One sometimes imagines that if James Dean, minus the cigarette, had been thoroughly educated in the great religions and a whole lot smarter, he might have been Richard Hooper.” - Larry Moffitt, Editor, ReligionAndSpirituality.com, United Press International; Vice President, the Washington Times Foundation

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“Richard’s comparative study beautifully shows us unity in diversity. In the spirit of the Gayatri Mantra – may this work illuminate our understanding and guide us to our goal.” - Mark Johnson, Vice-President Australian Association of Yoga in Daily Life.

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“We’ve come to a point in history where the boundaries among the world’s religions have become more transparent. In this great wake of change is a new understanding of a collective golden thread of consciousness running through all spiritual paths. In Jesus, Buddha, Krishna and Lao Tze: The Parallel Sayings, author Richard Hooper shatters any preconceived notions that there is only “one way” to enlightenment. Instead, he blazes a path of collective understanding beyond dogma toward finding the divinity within ourselves.” - Judy Martin, National Radio Journalist and founder of WorkLifeMonitor.com

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“I have often thought that an A-B-C Column comparison format of the teachings of these religious icons seemed ideal for presenting a quick understanding. Well, some things can’t be simplified, like “what’s the meaning of life?” Have you ever listened to a reading or a Gospel in church, and went, “Huh?” Just like Jesus, who taught in parables and metaphors, so do the others (with good reason as Hooper explains.) Fortunately, Hooper saves the day by clarifying the overarching issues for each chapter. It then becomes easier to stretch your imagination to see the common threads between the four teachings.

Don’t expect this to be a quick read—it is intended to be thought provoking and contemplative. I personally loved the twenty-seven page introduction which left me starving for more. I just need to take the book a chapter at a time and savor it. The book is a readable intellectual work covering a complex subject. Hooper has gone a long way toward de-mystifying some stuff that I’m sure still baffles religious scholars. Hooper also inserts a few provocative surprises – atta boy! Shake things up a bit.”   - D. Sutton (Cape Cod, MA)

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“I loved this book. I will read and re-read it often. It makes comparisons among the wisdom based traditions so easy and places it in perspective.”
- Gayle S. Graziano (Ormond Beach, FL)

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“What a wonderful book. I loved how it makes us realize that the different religions’ teachers are giving us the same message. The photos and illustrations are beautiful. This book would be a great gift for anyone with an interest in comparative religions.” - SSBD (AZ)

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“This beautiful book is much-needed. The profound parallel sayings are judiciously selected and demonstrate the universal insights of the major religions. The author’s commentary is searingly honest and totally unphony. We can’t think of a better holiday present for so many people on our list.”              - E & W Rowe

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“What a gorgeous, meditative work of art this book is! Every time I sit down with it to read a section or two, I feel like I’ve gone on a personal tranquility retreat. I’m in awe of not only the parallels of wisdom between the world’s religious teachings, but how it was possible to find them all and bring them together. The stunning photography and author’s comments makes this book much more than a book of quotes and ancient teachings, but rather a beautiful perspective on why we are here in the world.”      - JGF (USA/Panama)

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