Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £19.39

Buy Now for £19.39

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

In this landmark book of interfaith dialogue, the Dalai Lama provides an extraordinary Buddhist perspective on the teachings of Jesus, commenting on well-known passages from the four Christian Gospels including the Sermon on the Mount, the parable of the mustard seed, the Resurrection, and others. Drawing parallels between Jesus and the Buddha - and the rich traditions from which they hail - His Holiness delivers a profound affirmation of the sacred in all religions. Listeners will be inspired by the Dalai Lama's discussion of the endless merits of each tradition and uplifted by the common humanity between them.

Cover photograph by Jeremy Russell

©1996 His Holiness the Dalai Lama and World Community for Christian Meditation (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

What listeners say about The Good Heart

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    18
  • 4 Stars
    7
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    20
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    17
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Abundant, overflowing supply of virtuosity and

wisdom from his Holiness. So much to take away, even if you are not at all religious. His command of language and vocabulary is engaging and compelling. Highly recommend!

2 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Bradley Thomas May
  • Bradley Thomas May
  • 26-02-20

Amazing book!

This book has been very insightful into the similarities of Christianity and Buddhism and I think even more so now that the Christian religion was built off of Buddhism especially with knowing about the book of The Life of Saint Issa.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for James
  • James
  • 28-02-19

Very Interesting Book

For me it was interesting to hear the dialogue between the two traditions of Buddhism and Christianity. I have known that there were many similarities and differences between the two traditions, but ultimately they have the same core values of love, tolerance, acceptance, ect. Thank you for your time and effort. : )

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for anon.
  • anon.
  • 27-03-18

Warning: This is a very stiff narration

Very disappointing. No direct audio or words from the Dalai Lama. Explanation by a stiff British narrator of what took place at this important conference. Endless boring explanatory introduction by the narrator. The opposite of direct spiritual communication.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Steff Doles
  • Steff Doles
  • 27-04-17

Better than expected after the first chapter...

If you could sum up The Good Heart in three words, what would they be?

Over-analyzed, Interesting, Meaningful

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Dalai Lama's interpreter, I Just felt like he was listening to the Dalai Lama with the same contemplative anticipation that I was and I felt a sort of kinship with him from the start.

Which scene was your favorite?

When The Dalai Lama Told the joke that caused his interpreter uncontrollable giggles.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Anytime the Dalai Lama expressed his gratitude or sense of closeness to his fellow man is moving.

Any additional comments?

I almost gave this book up because I feel like the writer was interjecting too much of his own interpretation of what the Dalai Lama meant into it and I can not stand to be told what I'm supposed to take away from an abstract concept! So I almost swapped this book out for another one but I managed to stick it out by simply ignoring those parts but there were a lot of them so it was a pain, but the overall book is worth the listen, and hey if you are the type of person who enjoys other people telling you what you're supposed to glean from someone else's wisdom then this intrusive habit of the writer's shouldn't bother you!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Eva Smith
  • Eva Smith
  • 18-11-20

Great listen

Easy to listen and follow along. I would definitely recommend to people interested in both Christianity and Buddhism.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for JK
  • JK
  • 11-03-22

GREAT BOOK

This is another excellent book but the Dalai Lama, very well narrated.
I highly recommend listening when studying Buddhism and world religions.
Definitely one I will listen to again.
Thank you, audible, JK.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Diana G. Butler
  • Diana G. Butler
  • 04-11-21

The balance we need

"I've never read the Bible", the Dali Lama said, but he did his best to honor and examine Christianity's greatest teachings in a session of worldwide religious denominations. What was taken away from that meeting joined them all in ways they never could have imagined. Here is where hope is born.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for aaron turner
  • aaron turner
  • 24-08-21

Revelatory

This experience is a true historic one in witnessing such a view from the great heart of the Dali lama. Profound, Exploratory, in depth yet understandable at combined to bring ones appreciation of there essential lineage be it Christianity or Buddhism in this case. But this book could bring any seeker of truth, love & compassion to a humility which each religious doctrine beckons it devotee to. Thank you for writing this & presenting this to the world. Amen

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Alaskariptide
  • Alaskariptide
  • 13-08-21

An Exceptional Opportunity to Learn of Compassion

A rare and beautiful discussion between His Holiness and the Christian Faith.

An indispensable gift for seekers of the truth in their own lives.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-04-21

Interesting thoughts on Christian scriptures

It is very good but I do suggest skip the first 2 chapters as they are introductions which are covered by the succeeding chapters. Definitely miss chapter 2 as it is nearly a copy of chapter 1.
Once the book gets going, it is very interesting and I will listen to it again as I missed understanding everything.
Wonderful to have a Christian book on Amazon that isn’t fundamentalist!