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The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha

Author Ravi Zacharias
Narrator Simon Vance
Runtime 1.75 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date October 13, 2005
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Step into a Long - Tail Boat on the River of Kings and become immersed in an imaginary conversation between Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha.
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"This captivating dialogue not only clears up confusion about the claims of Christ and Buddha, but also provides us with a highly entertaining read." - Chuck Colson

"...this unique drama will educate, enthrall, and enlighten you - and everyone you share it with - for years to come." - Bruce Wilkinson, author of the Prayer of Jabez

Step into a Long-Tail Boat on the River of Kings and become immersed in an imaginary conversation between Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha.

  • Both talked about the "self", but one denied it even existed.
  • Both felt the pain of human suffering, but each had radically different responses to it.
  • Both addressed our deepest hungers, but one saw them as an impediment, the other as a clue.
  • Both have earned a worldwide following - but their answers are words apart.

Jesus and Buddha agreed that Truth could withstand scrutiny. Listen in as the Soul of Truth speaks with the Heart of Compassion. It could change your life.

Ravi Zacharias was born in India. After earning his master's degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, he began a speaking ministry that has taken him worldwide (including the campuses of Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford) as a recognized authority on comparative religions, cults, and philosophy. His books include the Gold Medallion winner Can Man Live without God, Light in the Shadow of Jihad, The Lotus and the Cross, He also teaches the weekly international radio program let my people think. Ravi lives with his wife, Margaret, in Atlanta. They have three grown children.

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Good author, Simon Vance could have done a better job reading
I enjoy Ravi's writings. It is a good book. I like Ravi's analysis. Good overview of Buddhism from a Christian perspective.

Errors in the audiobook version lowers the listening experience:
What robs the audio book of it's value is that the reader, Simon Vance could have made a little effort to research the proper pronunciation of one of the main characters, "Priya"... Which  is correctly pronounced "Pree-ya". This mistake tends to rob the book of it's intellectual value when the person reading is continuously mis-pronouncing this main character's name.  
It's like pronouncing Ravi's name as "Rav-eye".  Each time you hear it, you just want to correct the person... But you can't because it's a recording. It's hard to ignore the mistake because it shows up every 30 seconds. It makes me wonder what else the reader is mis-pronouncing.
Review by / (Posted on 6/17/2012)
This book is only helpful if...
This book is only helpful if you are a Christian, looking to strengthen your faith, against a world of new and old philosophies. It will march your mind straight back to Christian ideas. I myself am neither, and found the dialog between Jesus and Buddha to be very slanted towards Christianity. Also, I feel the author didn't fairly represent Buddhist thought, or philosophy, but instead gave a superficial view. I feel this book is unfairly titled, and should have a title more like, "Buddhism through Christian Evangelical Eyes".
Review by / (Posted on 12/21/2007)
THE LOTUS AND THE CROSS: Jesus Talks with Buddha
Ravi Zacharias
Read by Simon Vance

A conversation between two founders of world religions could come across as more of a diatribe than a dialogue, especially when written by an apologist for one of those religions. However, with the injection of another, very human, character, it takes the shape of a search for ultimate truth as defined by Buddhism and Christianity. Simon Vance gives each character his own voice and personality, but the script-like book, when read unabridged, forces the listener to hear seemingly endless repetitions of the characters’ names, thus breaking the flow of the discourse with each change in speaker. But with writing like that of Zacharias‚ and the engaging story behind it, this book still engages. S.M.M. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine
Review by / (Posted on 11/29/2006)
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