Sunday, May 01, 2005

Thomas Moore co-edits Lost Sutras of Jesus

"To know only one religion is to know none at all. The stories, devotions and sacred places of an unknown faith bring a richness and depth to our own beliefs. In the realm of the spirit, each tradition enhances the others. Unfortunately, many think of religions as exclusive organizations and systems of belief. We talk about ecumenism but we don't take the next step to experience how a variety of religions can contribute to a full, complex spiritual life."

This book is edited by Thomas Moore and Ray Riegert. On 24 March 2003, Publishers Weekly ran a 6-page special report,
The Quest for Understanding covering trends in religious publishing, particularly the exploration of one tradition by adherents of another tradition. Juli Cragg Hilliard who wrote the article, mentions The Lost Sutras of Jesus which presents the recently-discovered and translated writings of Christian monks who traveled to China in the 7th century -- blending Christian, Buddhist, and Taoist ideas in their religious expression. From the review in Spirituality & Health (no longer available online):
"As the editors note in their foreword, 'Reading these Sutras is like opening a message-in-a-bottle from the seventh century. They tell a tale from ancient times and present a refreshingly new set of teachings. But the real treasure in the bottle is that the message powerfully resonates even today.'"
The Lost Sutras of Jesus:
Unlocking the Ancient Wisdom of the Xian Monks

Edited by Thomas Moore and Ray Riegert
© 2003, Seastone Publishers [Ulysses Press USA]
ISBN 1-56975-360-1