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The Routledge Handbook of Buddhist-Christian Studies

ISBN 9780367488680
Published September 30, 2022 by Routledge
566 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Buddhist-Christian dialogue has a long and complex history that stretches back to the first centuries of the common era. Comprising 42 international and disciplinarily diverse chapters, this volume begins by setting up a framework for examining the nature of Buddhist-Christian interreligious dialogue, discussing how research in this area has been conducted in the past and considering future theoretical directions. Subsequent chapters delve into:

  • important episodes in the history of Buddhist-Christian dialogue;
  • contemporary conversations such as monastic interreligious dialogue, multiple religious identity, and dual religious practice; and
  • Buddhist-Christian cooperation in social justice, social engagement, pastoral care, and interreligious education settings.

The volume closes with a section devoted to comparative and constructive explorations of different speculative themes that range from the theological to the philosophical or experiential. This handbook explores how the study of Buddhist-Christian relations has been and ought to be done.

The Routledge Handbook of Buddhist-Christian Studies is essential reading for researchers and students interested in Buddhist-Christian studies, Asian religions, and interreligious relationships. It will be of interest to those in fields such as anthropology, political science, theology, and history.

Table of Contents

Carol Anderson and Thomas Cattoi

Part I: Theory and Method

1. The Variety of Methods in Buddhist-Christian Studies
Leo D. Lefebure

2. Buddhism and Christianity through Fractal Eyes
Perry Schmidt-Leukel

3. Buddhist-Christian Dialogue: A Proposal
Jim Fredericks

4. The Craft of Interfaith Curiosity
John P. Keenan

5. Dialogue as Contemplative Practice: Buddhist Contributions to Interreligious Dialogue
Judith Simmer-Brown

6. Serving Two Masters: Possibilities and Opportunities of Double Belonging
Paul Knitter

7. Meeting in kenosis
Joseph S. O’Leary

Part II: Historical Encounters

8. Christianity in early Tibet: Shreds of Evidence
Francis Tiso

9. Ippolito Desideri and Buddhist-Christian Dialogue
Trent Pomplun

10. From Competition to Collaboration: Four Hundred Years of Buddhist-Catholic Engagement in Vietnam, 1620-2020
Anh Q. Tran

11. The Christian-Buddhist Encounter in 17th century China
Thierry Meynard

12. Buddhist-Christian Relations in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts: the case study of Sri Lanka
Elizabeth J Harris

13. Spiritualities separated at birth or accidentally related? The 'spiritual senses' traditions in Eastern Orthodox Hesychasm and Chan/Zen Buddhism
Brandon Gallaher

14. Poor, Yet Making Many Rich: Poverty as Virtue in the Franciscan and Theravada Buddhist monastic traditions Nicholas Alan Worssam

Part III: Contemporary Conversations

15. Monastic Interreligious Dialogue and its contribution to Buddhist-Christian encounter
Fabrice Blée

16. A Comparison of Aquinas and Dōgen’s Views on Religious/Monastic Life
Christina Atienza

17. Millennium World: Thomas Merton, Buddhism, & Monastic Futurism
Jack Lee Downey

18. Constructive Catholic Theology in the Light of a Buddhist Imagination
Roger Haight

19. Heaven and Sukhāvatī: Martin Luther and Shinran Shonin on Death and What Follows
Kristin Johnston Largen

20. Thich Nhat Hanh’s Buddhist-Christian "Practical Theological Vision" for Rebuilding Hope: Co-designing the Practice for Peaceful Communities that Restore Faith, Courage, and Love
Sandra Costen Kunz

21. The Buddhist Christian Encounter and the Challenges of Multiple Religious Belonging in Asia
Jonathan Seitz

22. Zen Buddhism and the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius: Toward Mutual Learning and Enrichment
Ruben Habito

Part III: Social engagement, pastoral care, and the challenge of interreligious education

23. Interreligious Solidarity for an Ecological Civilization: a Catholic and Humanistic Buddhist Conversation
John Becker

24. Towards a Buddhist Theory of Social Justice: Thich Nhat Hanh, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Just Society
Sallie B. King

25. Buddhist-Christian dialogue and inter-religious learning
Martin Rötting

26. Herding Cows and Sheep: Giving Guidance in Buddhist and Christian Spiritual Formation
Pamela Ayo Yetunde and John Chang-Yee Lee

27. Buddhist-Christian Dialogue in Art
Gudrun Löwner

28. African American and Womanist Buddhist Thought
Carolyn M. Jones Medine

29. A brief critical appraisal of the Buddhist Modernism Paradigm
Natalie Fisk Quli

Part IV: Constructive Reflections

30. A Tibetan epektasis? Gregory of Nyssa’s understanding of spiritual progress and the Gelug pa teaching on the four Buddha bodies
Thomas Cattoi

31. Aquinas and Dölpopa, searching for foundations
Scott Steinkerchner

32. Eckhart and Dōgen on Forgetting the Self: A Contemplative Studies Perspective
André van der Braak

33. Commensurable Saints? Buddhist-Christian Dialogue and Comparative Notions of Sanctity
Massimo Rondolino

34. The Composite Union of Natures: A Study Comparing the Structures of Hypostatic Union in Chalcedonian Christology and Dharmākara Bodhisattva in Shin-Buddhism
Yuichi Tsunoda

35. On Religious Engagement: Shinran and Heidegger’s Paul
Dennis Hirota

36. Creative Tensions in Buddhist and Christian Doctrine
Hugh Nicholson

37. The Paths of Purification: Buddhaghosa and John of the Cross
Peter Feldmeier

38. Irreversibility and Reciprocity in the Divine-Human Relationship
Yutaka Tanaka

39. "Being in Love": Religious Conversion in Bernard Lonergan and the Lotus Sutra
Hiroshi Munehiro Niwano

40. Buddhist-Christian dialogue and the Kyoto school
Martin Repp

41. The Deaths of Buddha and Jesus
J. Abraham Velez de Cea

42. Matchless on Their Way: Comparative Reflections on Christ and the Bodhisattva
S. Mark Heim

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Carol S. Anderson is Professor of Religion at Kalamazoo College, U.S.A.

Thomas Cattoi is Associate Professor in Christology and Cultures at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, U.S.A.