Buddhist-Christian relations in the East differ in various respects from those in the West. The present volume offers the first comparative overview of the Buddhist-Christian encounter in six Asian countries. It focusses on the three Theravāda Buddhist countries, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar, and on Japan, Korea and China, where Mahāyāna Buddhism predominates. Outlines of the history of Buddhist-Christian relations in each of these places are complemented by the voices of Christians and Buddhists who actively participate in local dialogue efforts. The contributions to this volume illustrate and highlight specific particularities as well as commonalities regarding the problems and promises of the dialogical encounter in Buddhist Asia. Issues of religious doctrine and belief and the question of how best to relate to one another appear in a new light by being presented in the context of Asia’s historical, social, and political dynamics.
With contributions from Don Baker, Bantoon Boon-Itt, Duleep de Chickera, Kenneth Fleming, Koichiro Fujita, Maria A. De Giorgi, Elizabeth Harris, Jinwol Young Ho Lee, Sung-Hae Kim, Pan-Chiu Lai, Samuel Ngun Ling, John D’Arcy May, Aye Min, U Hla Myint, Yasutomo Nishi, Martin Repp, Perry Schmidt-Leukel, Yuen-tai So, Parichart Suwanbubbha, Asanga Tilakaratne, Xue Yu.
Bede Griffiths (1906-1993) is one of the greatest religious teachers of the twentieth century. After twenty years as a Benedictine monk living in England, he discovered in India “the other half of his soul”. In the Christian ashram Shantivanam he received and guided pilgrims from all over the world. The contributions of this collection trace the Prophetic dimension of his teachings.
Would the dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity be changed if both religions seriously engaged with the insights of modern historical consciousness? Could there be greater honesty, openness and humility, or a greater commitment to a reciprocal search for truth, if this was done? This book focusses on five themes central to the issue of ‚history‘ in the two traditions: traditional conceptions of salvation and/or liberation history in Christianity and Buddhism; Jesus and the Buddha: fact and fiction; Buddhist and Christian historiography; ‚Dangerous Memory‘ within the histories of Buddhism and Christianity; Permitting historical consciousness in Buddhism and Christianity.
With contributions by Eve-Marie Becker, Mark L. Blum, Rita M. Gross, Elizabeth J. Harris, Jan-Olav Henriksen, Armin Kreiner, Jude Lal Fernando, Robert Mayer, Terrance Merrigan, John O’Grady, Perry Schmidt- Leukel, Catharina Stenqvist, John S. Strong.