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Jesus & Buddha: Practicing Across Traditions (2012)

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Three leading figures in today’s Buddhist-Christian dialogue share their personal journeys in the new documentary Jesus and Buddha: Practicing Across Traditions. We learn how following the path of the Buddha has informed and deepened their understanding of who Jesus was and what he taught. Their experience and insight bring these two liberating archetypes alive in a way that can help guide us through our own confusion and struggle toward lives filled with joy and gratitude, compassion and service.

Robert Kennedy, Hyun Kyung Chung, and Paul Knitter are scholars, teachers and modern mystics who have long been exploring the spiritually nourishing territory where Christian and Buddhist paths meet. As they share with us their experiences “practicing across traditions,” we see how these paths lead us beyond the struggle and confusion of a preoccupied life to one that is filled with gratitude and joy, compassion and service.

Father Robert Kennedy is a Jesuit priest and Zen teacher; Chung Hyun Kyung is Professor of Ecumenical Theology and Interfaith Engagement at Union Theological Seminary and a Buddhist Dharma teacher; and Paul Knitter is Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary.

Chung Hyun Kyung, Fr. Robert Kennedy, Paul Knitter
John Ankele

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joxyjules, posted on February 14, 2016

Very well done, informative and useful information

valena, posted on December 30, 2015

THis is truly what I was seeking for. What a great understanding of Christians and Buddits I find myself feeling the way the three of these wonderful people feel. I am so gratefull for you all to share this and may more people find this understanding. God Bless you all!!! I pray for understanding in the world!!!

vabackcountry, posted on December 6, 2015

This is a great film. It shows that the important thing is that we are all human. I recommend that people of the Christian faith learn about the Essenses, Catharses, and Brethren of the Holy spirit. My journey has shown me that every religion tells the same message. Another good doc to watch is Infinity: The Ultimate Trip.

DALEE, posted on November 30, 2015

As a Franciscan Buddhist I love this film. I must purchase it for my Franciscan Dharma Center

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on November 30, 2015

Thank you for writing!
We don't sell DVDs of the film, but you can find a listing for that here:


AlvaS, posted on November 27, 2015

A +

kathywalterscheid, posted on June 9, 2015

thank you thank you thank you

ELH127, posted on March 2, 2015

This film documentary is very enlightening...
I was just thinking about the similarities a few weeks ago and this film showed up...
Thank you GaiamTV

brendasant32, posted on March 1, 2015

I am a Catholic and love to learn about different spiritual faith. I always felt I was doing something wrong by doing that. But this show enlightened me on how related Christian and Buddhist faith correlate. I was glad I watched it.

rajdreamz, posted on February 27, 2015

At 71 years of age, I'm going through an unsettling period in this particular lifetime. This film has proven to be most comforting, and makes me aware that there is so much love to be found in the universe if one focuses one's attention sincerely and with a sad heart.

tappin1, posted on February 26, 2015

Found this video wonderful today! If there were a church that was called buddiochristian I would go. Raised in a home with a catholic mother and prodeston father , I was always confused which to follow, yoga has taught me all faith is good. I will be exploring more on buddist faith. For now my mantra is I am!

earlymorning, posted on February 12, 2015

This is such a gentle and beautiful exploration.

lharcrick, posted on October 18, 2014

This was so well done showing how Christianity and Buddhism are so similar and with the study of one clarifies the meaning of so many things in the other that has been so confusing for so long. There is so much all religions really have in common and becomes more enlightening to our purpose when we stop seeing all the differences and "feeling" more this connection we all have with God as One. I like what they say how Buddhism doesn't talk about God but instead "Truth" because that is where we lose our connection and become separate. We are not separate. I only have one thing to say about watching this film I feel disappointed with: it stopped playing at the point of 41:18. I only had about 3' more to go. I would love to see the ending.

PattyCa103, posted on September 30, 2014

This film was very helpful for me as I had found comfort in both the teachings of Jesus and the teachings of Buddha and wondered how exactly they could be so compatible and this film helped me to see the similarities in a much better light. It was encouraging to hear that there is good in all religions as it confirmed what I had come to believe.

michaelB, posted on May 26, 2014

its all good.aint no prob

mwilliams2, posted on January 28, 2014

This is a wonderful film. I too consider myself blessed to embrace buddhism, christianity, and other faith traditions like Islam, and Judaism and this film does a beautiful job highlighting the peace that comes from the practice of mindfulness and being present in spirit to find peace.

JennWalker, posted on January 13, 2014

This was a lovely film, with beautiful insights. When my 12-year old is asked the question, what religion are you, he replies, buddheochristian. It is so nice to see others following a similar path.

msewell, posted on January 12, 2014

So beautifully presented by these enlightened souls. The words are truly inspired.

RedcatMac, posted on December 26, 2013

This is a lovely exploration of the two traditions. This is the Christianity that I have longed for. This is the Christianity that Christ taught. Thank you for this.

jeaninemack, posted on December 21, 2013

To suffer means to wait with patience.

"So much want, brings so much suffering."

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on December 20, 2013

A very insightful and reflective documentary about these two traditions.

j.guenther, posted on December 20, 2013

The experience of watching this is really full-filling and heart opening :-)

jihanbarakah2010, posted on December 4, 2013

Thank you kindly for the hidden treasures that were brought forth from the essence of both traditions and way of life; Buddhism and Christianity.

camhollings84, posted on September 14, 2016

interesting, i like to learn about similarities between religions

rainbowremedy, posted on October 13, 2016

I really loved this at the 28 min mark I could see all the energy swirling around them as they moved into their medition so beautiful - I closed my eyes and listen so much love and sincerity I could so closely relate to their suffering - suffering there is so much and yet when I found this present moment I feel only peace, love thank you xox

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