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5 Books on Buddhism You Need to Read Plus Bonus Resources

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1563481685164{margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Looking for resources on Buddhism? These are some of our favorites. Whether you’re looking for scholarly publications or stories of former Buddhist’s, we have something for you. Start with our top five, and work your way down.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][mk_icon_box icon=”” text_size=”18″ read_more_txt=”Buy on Amazon” read_more_url=”https://www.amazon.com/Lotus-Cross-Jesus-Buddha-Conversations/dp/1601423187″ style=”boxed” icon_location=”top” icon_color=”” icon_circle_color=””]

The Lotus and the Cross

What would Jesus say to Buddha? After spending hours in conversation with Buddhist monks and instructors of Buddhist thought, Ravi Zacharias presents a unique apologetic in the form of a conversation between Buddha, a sex-trafficked woman named Priya, and Jesus. >>Buy on Amazon

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I Once Was a Buddhist Nun

This biography provides rare insight into the life of a Buddhist nun and how her life was changed by encountering Jesus. Detailing her personal story of exploring many faiths prior to becoming a Buddhist nun, Esther shares her life as a Theravada Buddhist and the peace she discovered in Christianity. >>Buy on Amazon

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A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Buddhism

OMF’s resident Buddhism expert, Dr. Alex G. Smith, provides a concise yet comprehensive overview of Buddhism in this easy-to-read booklet. >>Buy on Amazon

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Buddhist Priest Meets Jesus

Translated from the Japanese, this book details an insider look into Buddhism and the struggles and journey of one Buddhist priest coming to faith in Christ. >>Buy on Amazon

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Articles on Buddhism

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An overview of the presence of Buddhism worldwide and the progress made toward reaching Buddhist peoples with the gospel.

Have you ever wondered about the Buddhist worldview? Whether you’re a master of comparative religion or an interested novice, take our quiz to find out and learn about buddhism!

As “the Church is bigger than you think,” so “the Buddhist world is larger than you think.” Burgeoning Buddhism significantly influences more than one billion people worldwide. Learn about the Buddhist worldview and types of Buddhism.

What’s the difference between American Buddhism and Eastern Buddhism? Learn more about the complex nature of Buddhism and how the church can love their Buddhist neighbors better.[/mk_custom_list][mk_fancy_title font_family=”none”]

Further Resources on Buddhism

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More in the West are adopting Buddhist teachings, but do they understand the religion they are embracing? This book explores what Buddhism is and provides a comparison between the religions of Christianity and Buddhism.

Researcher and author Paul Hattaway introduces more than 200 Buddhist people groups around the world. Compelling photos and insightful articles accompany the profiles.

How do we share Jesus in a Buddhist culture? This collection of articles discusses the role of the family in Asian society. Focused on providing a framework for approaching mission in a non-Western context.

Sharing the gospel of Christ within a Buddhist context requires a shift in communication. The need for orality in mission is well documented in this book that discusses why oral tradition is vital in communicating truth.

Dr. David Burnett, former missionary to India, provides insights on Buddhist thought and how to approach this from a Christian perspective.

This collection of writing highlights the importance and value of ritual in life. It provides an overview of various Buddhist rites and explores how to contextualize rituals as a Christian.

World mission cannot be sustained by missionaries. This collection of writing demonstrates the need for indigenous leaders and shares how those in Christian ministry can develop Christian leaders who will thrive in their own culture.

An exploration on how God restores us from fear, guilt, and shame regardless of what culture and worldview we hold.[/mk_custom_list][mk_fancy_title font_family=”none”]

A Missionaries Guide to Buddhism

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Researcher and author Paul Hattaway introduces more than 200 Buddhist people groups around the world. Compelling photos and insightful articles accompany the profiles.

How do we share Jesus in a Buddhist culture? This collection of articles discusses the role of the family in Asian society. Focused on providing a framework for approaching mission in a non-Western context.

Sharing the gospel of Christ within a Buddhist context requires a shift in communication. The need for orality in mission is well documented in this book that discusses why oral tradition is vital in communicating truth.

Dr. David Burnett, former missionary to India, provides insights on Buddhist thought and how to approach this from a Christian perspective.

This collection of writing highlights the importance and value of ritual in life. It provides an overview of various Buddhist rites and explores how to contextualize rituals as a Christian.

World mission cannot be sustained by missionaries. This collection of writing demonstrates the need for indigenous leaders and shares how those in Christian ministry can develop Christian leaders who will thrive in their own culture.

An exploration on how God restores us from fear, guilt, and shame regardless of what culture and worldview we hold.[/mk_custom_list][mk_icon_box icon=”” title=”Keep Learning” text_size=”18″ style=”boxed” icon_color=”” icon_circle_color=””]If you’re looking for even more resources on Buddhism, check out our infographic here.[/mk_icon_box][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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