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Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and Lao Tzu
The Parallel Sayings
Richard Hooper
ISBN: 9781571746801
Book (Paperback)
Hampton Roads Publishing Company
7 x 7
200 pages
May 1, 2012


“A priceless treasury of interfaith understanding.” —Brother David Steindl-Rast

“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, NPR journalist and founder of
In this fascinating volume, theologian and philosopher Richard Hooper reveals the common spiritual threads of the world’s great religious traditions.

Hooper organizes hundreds of sayings attributed to Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and Lao Tzu thematically and assembles these parallel sayings into four columns for easy reference. Culled from more than fifty ancient Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, and Taoist texts, Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and Lao Tzu includes topics such as, “The Great Way, “Suffering,” and more.

Each topic includes an insightful introduction that sends a powerful message that will be welcomed by all who seek the truth within and within their own spiritual tradition.

Richard Hooper is a former Lutheranpastor with degrees in both theology and the philosophy of world religions. He has been a nationally syndicated radio commentator on religion, and a columnist for United Press International’s web forum: www., and is the founder of The Sedona Institute for Comparative Theology. His website is
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