Are Christian theism and Buddhist non-theism compatible? And does dual belonging inevitably distort the essence of these faiths, or merely change its cultural expression?
Author: Gavin D'Costa
A growing number of people describe themselves as both Buddhist and Christian; but does such a self-description really make sense? Many people involved in inter-faith dialogue argue that this dialogue leads to a mutually transformative process, but what if the transformation reaches the point where the Buddhist or Christian becomes a Buddhist Christian? Does this represent a fulfilment of or the undermining of dialogue? Exploring the growing phenomenon of Buddhist-Christian dual belonging, a wide variety of authors including advocates, sympathisers and opponents from both faiths, focus on three key questions: Can Christian and Buddhist accounts and practices of salvation or liberation be reconciled? Are Christian theism and Buddhist non-theism compatible? And does dual belonging inevitably distort the essence of these faiths, or merely change its cultural expression? Clarifying different ways of justifying dual belonging, contributors offer criticisms of dual belonging from different religious perspectives (Theravada Buddhist, Evangelical Reformed and Roman Catholic) and from different methodological approaches. Four chapters then carry the discussion forward suggesting ways in which dual belonging might make sense from Catholic, Theravada Buddhist, Pure-land Buddhist and Anglican perspectives. The conclusion clarifies the main challenges emerging for dual belongers, and the implications for interreligious dialogue.
This book presents a detailed exploration of Buddhist Christian dual belonging, engaging - from both Buddhist and Christian perspectives - the questions that arise, and drawing on extensive interviews with well-known individuals in the ...
Author: Rose Drew
"The last century witnessed a gradual but profound transformation of the West's religious landscape. In today's context of diversity, people are often influenced by more than one religion. Buddhism and Christianity is a particularly prevalent and fascinating combination. This book presents a detailed exploration of Buddhist Christian dual belonging, engaging - from both Buddhist and Christian perspectives - the questions that arise, and drawing on extensive interviews with well-known individuals in the vanguard of this important and growing phenomenon. The book looks at how it is possible to be authentically Buddhist and authentically Christian despite the differences in religion beliefs and practices. It discusses whether those who identify themselves as belonging to both traditions are profoundly irrational, religiously schizophrenic or perhaps just spiritually superficial, or if it is possible to reconcile the thought and practice of Buddhism and Christianity in such a way that one can be deeply committed to both. Finally, the book looks at whether the influence of Buddhist Christians on each of these traditions is something to be regretted or celebrated. It is an interesting contribution to studies on Asian Religion and Theology"--
... of dual belonging. in her study of six cases of Buddhist and Christian dual belonging, rose drew describes dual belongers as people who “practise within
both traditions, belong to a Buddhist and a Christian community, identify
themselves as ...
Author: Ernest M Valea
Publisher: ISD LLC
This book is intended to encourage the use of comparative theology in contemporary Buddhist-Christian dialogue as a new approach that would truly respect each religious tradition's uniqueness and make dialogue beneficial for all participants interested in a real theological exchange. As a result of the impasse reached by the current theologies of religions (exclusivism, inclusivism, and pluralism) in formulating a constructive approach in dialogue, this volume assesses the thought of the founding fathers of an academic Buddhist-Christian dialogue in search of clues that would encourage a comparativist approach. These founding fathers are considered to be three important representatives of the Kyoto School - Kitaro Nishida, Keiji Nishitani,and Masao Abe - and John Cobb, an American process theologian. The guiding line for assessing their views of dialogue is the concept of human perfection, as it is expressed by the original traditions in Mahayana Buddhism and Orthodox Christianity. Following Abe's methodology in dialogue, an Orthodox contribution to comparative theology proposes a reciprocal enrichment of traditions, not by syncretistic means, but by providing a better understanding and even correction of one's own tradition when considering it in the light of the other, while using internal resources for making the necessary corrections.
Winner of the Frederick Streng Book Award for Excellence in Buddhist-Christian Studies This work provides the first systematic discussion of the Bodhisattva path and its importance for constructive Christian theology.
Author: S. Mark Heim
Publisher: Fordham Univ Press
This work provides the first systematic discussion of the Bodhisattva path and its importance for constructive Christian theology. Crucified Wisdom examines specific Buddhist traditions, texts, and practices not as phenomena whose existence requires an apologetic justification but as wells of tested wisdom that invite theological insight. With the increasing participation of Christians in Buddhist practice, many are seeking a deeper understanding of the way the teachings of the two traditions might interface. Christ and the Bodhisattva are often compared superficially in Buddhist–Christian discussion. This text combines a rich exposition of the Bodhisattva path, using Śāntideva’s classic work the Bodicaryāvatāra and subsequent Tibetan commentators, with detailed reflection on its implications for Christian faith and practice. Author S. Mark Heim lays out root tensions constituted by basic Buddhist teachings on the one hand, and Christian teachings on the other, and the ways in which the Bodhisattva or Christ embody and resolve the resulting paradoxes in their respective traditions. An important contribution to the field of comparative theology in general and to the area of Buddhist–Christian studies in particular, Crucified Wisdom proposes that Christian theology can take direct instruction from Mahāyāna Buddhism in two respects: deepening its understanding of our creaturely nature through no-self insights, and revising its vision of divine immanence in dialogue with teachings of emptiness. Heim argues that Christians may affirm the importance of novelty in history, the enduring significance of human persons, and the Trinitarian reality of God, even as they learn to value less familiar, nondual dimensions of Christ’s incarnation, human redemption, and the divine life. Crucified Wisdom focuses on questions of reconciliation and atonement in Christian theology and explores the varying interpretations of the crucifixion of Jesus in Buddhist–Christian discussion. The Bodhisattva path is central for major contemporary Buddhist voices such as the Dalai Lama and Thích Nhât Hanh, who figure prominently as conversation partners in the text. This work will be of particular value for those interested in “dual belonging” in connection to these traditions.
Buddhist and 100 percent Christian at one and the same time , such a form of belonging has not been and is not present in Sri ... Can there be a form of double belonging where there is familiarity with and affinity to more than one religious ...
Author: Catherine Cornille
These superb essays explore the phenomenon of individuals who identify themselves as followers of more than one religious tradition. The results prove that the late Joseph Kitagawa was prescient when he cautioned that the world is "Easternizing" as much as it is "Westernizing," and that "modernization" is a far from adequate key to name what is happening in world religious history in our age. Book jacket.
Hyun Kyung considers herself to be Buddhist and Christian . She does not see a
problem in this dual belonging , but like Pieris has a complementary view of
religions , comparing it to using both Chinese and Western medicine to heal
Harris points out that Protestant missionaries to Sri Lanka in the nineteenth
century found that dual religious belonging posed no problem to the native Buddhists , for whom “ being half Christian and half Buddhist is far better than
being either ...
Author: Peter C. Phan
Vietnamese American Peter Phan reflects on cultural diversity in spiritual life, focussing on the question of how much uniformity people will tolerate in life, liturgy, & denominational self-definition.
... above , members enjoy the benefits of Shintoism , Buddhism , and Christianity ,
without the obligations of belonging . ... As for historically established Buddhism ,
a few instances of Buddhist - Christian amalgams ( called Dual Aspect ...
This book aims to explore the reality of dual religious belonging and to promote a better understanding of this concept.
Author: Gideon Goosen
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
This book aims to explore the reality of dual religious belonging and to promote a better understanding of this concept. With this purpose in mind, the author examines changes in the global religious landscape in recent decades and analyses the theory of dual (or multiple) belonging, as well as discussing dual religious 'belongers' such as Henri Le Saux, Jules Monchanin, Bede Griffiths and Raimundo Panikkar. The book also explores the critical elements of a theology of dual belonging by examining the sense of 'self'; the Buddhist idea of 'no-self'; religious identity; the symbol as a means of divine communication; the notion of truth; and the concept of how God speaks through different religions. Finally, the author considers the crucial idea of 'conversion' or 'transformation'.
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especially the developments of this ... twenty - first century belong to these lands
? Will they be ... Some of the Christians it reached converted to Buddhism , while
some have remained Christian and thus live in a sort of “ religious dual
Author: Whalen Lai
Examines the Buddhist-Christian encounter in six key regions including East Asia, India, Sri Lanka, Europe, North America, and China to indentify key areas of understanding and areas of needed dialogue. Original.
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In the second kind of dual system , Christianity is practiced in its entirety , and
selected elements from another system are also practiced . ... A third dual system
has been called “ double belonging ” . This occurs in Asia ... Can one really be a
Burmese or Thai without being Buddhist , or Japanese without being Shinto ?
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Are human beings , whether they belong to Christianity or Mohammedanism or Buddhism , really following their leaders ? ... You are made to fit into some work ;
and so we create a dual life , throughout our lives , that of business from 10 ...
Author: Jiddu Krishnamurti
Publisher: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company
This volume covers talks given in New Zealand, Ojai, New York, S. America and Mexico. Krishnamurti begins by stating "what we call problems are merely symptoms, which increase and multiply because we do not tackle the whole life as one but divide it as economic, social or religious problems. .. Now it is my intention to show that so long as we deal with these problems apart, separately, we but increase the misunderstanding, and therefore the conflict, and thereby the suffering and the pain ..."
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity belong to the mystical type, while Judaism,
Islam, and Zoroastrianism belong to the ... By such inward penetration, man
achieves realization of his true nature, the non-dual, immortal, changeless, and