Although Christians have well-developed responses to other religions, the counterpart scholarship from Buddhists has thus far lagged behind. Breaking new ground, Buddhist Inclusivism analyzes the currently favored position towards religious others, inclusivism, in Buddhist traditions. Kristin Beise Kiblinger presents examples of inclusivism from a wide range of Buddhist contexts and periods, from Pali texts to the Dalai Lama's recent works. After constructing and defending a preferred, alternative form of Buddhist inclusivism, she evaluates the thought of particular contemporary Buddhists such as Thich Nhat Hanh and Masao Abe in light of her ideal position. This book offers a more systematic treatment of Buddhist inclusivism than has yet been provided either by scholars or by Buddhist leaders.
Table of Contents
Contents: Why Buddhist inclusivism?; Issues regarding inclusivism generally; Selected examples of inclusivism in Buddhist contexts; Towards a tenable form of Buddhist inclusivism; Case studies of two prominent Buddhist inclusivists; The contrast case of exclusivist Gunapala Dharmasiri; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
Kristin Beise Kiblinger is Assistant Professor at the Department of Religion, Thiel College, USA.