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From Buddha to Christ - Rudolf Steiner - 5 selected lecturesFrom Buddha to Christ
5 selected lectures by Rudolf Steiner

Out of print. Awaiting reprint date.

In From Buddha to Christ, Rudolf Steiner contrasts and compares two closely related yet strikingly different spiritual impulses given to humanity and stresses the importance for our spiritual orientation of understanding them both. He illustrates the confusion that has infiltrated into western spiritual consciousness as a result of not truly understanding the roots of either Buddhism or Christianity in their currently popularised forms.

Both spiritual currents are examined in their fundamentals and in their historical-cultural contexts. Steiner describes how both approaches start from the recognition that life between birth and death is underpinned by human suffering through all in the human constitution that is bound to the physical-mortal cycle of life. Buddha's Four Noble Truths are insights into this unavoidable fact, and all that presents itself in the 3-year earthly sojourn of Christ is related to this plight. The most striking contrast is found in the two opposite approaches to this condition; how the Buddhist seeks to overcome birth into the world through cultivating non-attachment and perfecting oneself through the Eightfold Path, while the deed of Christ on Golgotha, on the other hand, was enacted to overcome the forces of death which have encroached on the world and on all stages of human life.

The role of the Bodhisattvas and their contributions to world evolution is also examined with special emphasis on the current Bodhisattva who will achieve Buddhahood in about 2,500 years - the Maitreya Buddha; as well as the current mission of Gautama Buddha on Mars and his special relationship with Christian Rosenkreutz.

Anthroposophic Press
Rudolf Steiner Press
103pp; paperback
ISBN: 0 88010 178 4 (AP)
ISBN: 0 85440 115 6 (RSP)

 




 

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', which he defined as 'the consciousness of one's humanity', and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed ‘spiritual science’.  As a highly developed clairvoyant and spiritual initiate, he spoke from his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he did not see his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to found a universal 'science of the spirit'.

His many published works (written books and lectures) - which include his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development - invite readers to develop their own spiritual faculties.  He also provided indications for the renewal of many human activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded the General Anthroposophical Society which today has branches throughout the world.


 

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