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Reimagining Zen in a Secular Age

BraakReimagining Zen in a Secular Age
Charles Taylor and Zen Buddhism in the West

André van der Braak

In Reimagining Zen in a Secular Age André van der Braak offers an account of the exciting but also problematic encounter between enchanted Japanese Zen Buddhism and secular Western modernity over the past century, using Charles Taylor’s magnum opus A Secular Age as an interpretative lens.

To See a World in a Flower

PerryTo See a World in a Flower一花一世界:分形理论视角下的佛耶对话
A Fractal Interpretation of the Relation between Buddhism and Christianity

Perry Schmidt-Leukel

Beijing: Zong jiao wen hua chu ban she (Religious Culture Publishing House) 2020

Religious Studies scholar and theologian Perry Schmidt-Leukel’s theory that religious diversity displays fractal patterns is at the center of his recent book “To See a World in a Flower”. The book exemplifies the theory by an analysis of the typological differences between Buddhism and Christianity. It is based on five lectures which Schmidt-Leukel held in Beijing in 2017 on the invitation of the Minzu University. The book, published in Beijing, contains the lectures in English and in Chinese translation.

Buddha Mind – Christ Mind. A Christian Commentary on the Bodhicaryāvatāra

BuchBuddha Mind – Christ Mind. A Christian Commentary on the Bodhicaryāvatāra

Perry Schmidt-Leukel.

Leuven: Peeters 2019  (Christian Commentaries on Non-Christian Sacred Texts, vol. 9).

After many commentaries by Buddhist scholars throughout the centuries, this is the first commentary from a Christian perspective, exploring the deep resonances between the “spirit of awakening” and the “spirit of Christ”.

Navigation - Spirituelle Identität in einer interreligiösen Welt.

Spirituelle Identität in einer interreligiösen Welt. Fallstudien aus München, Vilnius, Seoul und New York

Martin Rötting

Wie entsteht spirituelle Identität in einer globalisierten und damit interreligiösen Welt? Was bedeuten die Veränderungen für Individuen wie für religiöse Organisationen? Diese Frage verfolgt die empirische Studie durch Feldforschung in vier kulturell und religiös unterschiedlichen Metropolen: München, Seoul, Vilnius und New York. Ein Ergebnis ist dabei: Spirituelle Identität ist Lebens-Weg-Navigation.

Spiritualität der Zukunft

zukunftSpiritualität der Zukunft

Martin Rötting (ed.) - Christian Hackbarth-Johnson (ed.)

Studien zeigen, dass die Grenzen zwischen kirchlicher und religiös ungebundener oder gar säkularer Spiritualität höchst fließend geworden sind und dass sehr individuelle Übernahmen oder Mischungen aus verschiedenen spirituellen Traditionen entstanden sind und entstehen.

Religion, Space and Conflict in Sri Lanka

Religion Space ConflictReligion, Space and Conflict in Sri Lanka: Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts.

Elizabeth J. Harris

This study uses the lens of space to examine inter-religious and inter-communal conflict in colonial and postcolonial Sri Lanka, demonstrating that colonial patterns of interaction can throw light on the post-colonial, particularly on post-war developments in the north and east of the country, when Buddhist symbolism was developed in the largely non-Buddhist former war zones. Within the 'colonial' part of the book, particular emphasis is given to the impact of the building of Christian schools and churches in predominantly Buddhist space, and British development of the Buddhist ancient city of Anuradhapura. 

Die Religionen in der globalen Zivilgesellschaft

MayDie Religionen in der globalen Zivilgesellschaft
Eine Asien-Pazifik-Perspektive

John D'Arcy May

Die Rettung der Demokratie im asiatischpazifischen Raum bedarf einer globalen Zivilgesellschaft, die den Globalisierungsprozess in gemeinsamer ethischer Verantwortung gestaltet, die Unterdrückungsmaßnahmen autoritärer Regierungen unterläuft und sich so als Forum internationaler Meinungsbildung und politischen Engagements behauptet.

Buddhist and Christian Attitudes to Religious Diversity

AttitudesBuddhist and Christian Attitudes to Religious Diversity

Perry Schmidt-Leukel, Hans-Peter Großhans, Samuel Ngun Ling (eds.)
Yangon: Ling’s Family Publications 2017, 350 pages, ISBN 978-99971-0-269-0

The attitudes of Christians and Theravāda Buddhists toward religious diversity are at the center of a new publication jointly edited by Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel, Professor of Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology, and Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Großhans, Professor of Systematic Theology, from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, together with Dr. Samuel Ngun Ling, Principal of the “Myanmar Institute of Theology” in Yangon, Myanmar. “Buddhist and Christian Attitudes to Religious Diversity” has been published in February 2017 with Ling’s Family Publications in Yangon, Myanmar. “The contributions to this book inquire about the possibility to overcome such perceptions of other religions, and of religious diversity as such, which imply contempt and disdain toward other faiths,” says Professor Schmidt-Leukel. “In South Asia, this issue is currently not only getting momentum, it is becoming explosive.”

God Beyond Boundaries: A Christian and Pluralist Theology of Religions

BoundariesGod Beyond Boundaries: A Christian and Pluralist Theology of Religions

Perry Schmidt-Leukel

“God Beyond Boundaries”, written by the Religious Studies Scholar and Theologian Perry Schmidt-Leukel of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, deals with the essential features and benefits of a pluralist approach in the theology of religions.


It is the English translation of his book “Gott ohne Grenzen” (first published in 2005)

Religious Pluralism and Interreligious Theology - The Gifford Lectures

LeukelReligious Pluralism and Interreligious Theology - The Gifford Lectures

Perry Schmidt-Leukel

Interreligious dialogue has encouraged many theologians in all major religious traditions to consider whether other religions may offer a different but nevertheless genuine and valid path of salvation or liberation. Perry Schmidt- Leukel, in this extended version of his 2015 Gifford Lectures, argues that this position—often called "religious pluralism"—must be developed within particular insights supplied by each of the major traditions.

WahrheitThe German edition appears under the title "Wahrheit in Vielfalt"

Imagining the Ecumenical: A Personal Journey

MayImagining the Ecumenical: A Personal Journey

John D'Arcy May

Starting from the observation that theology is essentially narrative, and assuming that biography is a fundamental theological genre, the book presents a biography of the ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue movements in the form of the autobiography of an 'accidental ecumenist', whose life took him to religious contexts as diverse as Rome, Germany, Papua New Guinea and Ireland. At its centre is the encounter with Theravada and later Mahayana Buddhism and the indigenous traditions of Australia and the Pacific.

Praxisbuch interreligiöser Dialog

prtaxisbuchPraxisbuch interreligiöser Dialog

Martin Rötting (ed.) • Simone Sinn (ed.) • Aykan Inan (ed.)

Interreligiöser Dialog begann mit mutigen Pionieren und ist inzwischen ein Kommunikationsraum, indem viele Menschen unterwegs sind. In Kindergärten, Gemeinden und Schulen, am Arbeitsplatz und in der Arbeit mit Flüchtlingen spielt interreligiöse Begegnung eine alltäglich bedeutsame Rolle.

Religion and Social Cohesion.

braakReligion and Social Cohesion
Western, Chinese and Intercultural Perspectives

André van der Braak

Both in the West and in China, it is increasingly recognized that religion is not merely an individual matter, but a social force that has an important impact on society. And whereas the focus in the media today is often on the potential negative social impact of religion (the threats of fundamentalism, violence and terrorism), religion has also often been an important factor in the arising of social capital and social cohesion.

Buddhologie und Christologie

MayBuddhologie und Christologie - Unterwegs zu einer kollaborativen Theologie

John D'Arcy May

In the light of increasing co-operation between Buddhists and Christians in areas such as meditation practice and social justice, the book explores the possibility of a theological basis for such co-operation, now that Buddhists too are prepared to use the term 'theology'. Both traditions have erected impressive doctrinal structures over the centuries. The question is whether, over and above dialogical and comparative theology, there could be a genuinely 'collaborative' Buddhist-Christian theology.

Buddhism and Religious Diversity

Perry2012Buddhism and Religious Diversity

Perry Schmidt-Leukel ed.

Perry Schmidt-Leukel ed.

Buddhism is—and has been—as much convinced of its own superiority as any other faith, and has also been involved in various inter-religious tensions and violent conflicts. The ways, however, in which Buddhists have thought about the religious ‘other’, and practically dealt with it, display peculiar features, which do indeed differ profoundly from what we find in the Abrahamic faiths. Yet today, Buddhism must address the question whether it can arrive at a genuine appreciation of religious diversity, and recognize other religions as different but nevertheless equally valid.

Religion in Bewegung

BewegungReligion in Bewegung

Martin Rötting

"Religion in Bewegung" bietet einen Verstehensrahmen interreligiöser Lernprozesse. Grundlage hierfür sind empirische Forschungen des Institutes OCCURSO. Sechs Dialog-Typen werden bestimmt: Spiritueller Pilger, Sozialer Beweger, Religiös-Kultureller Demokrat, Kultur-Harmonisierer, Orthodoxer Adapter und Humanitär-Religiöser. Sie ermöglichen es, gesellschaftliche Herausforderungen und theologische Konsequenzen anzuzeigen.

Nietzsche and Zen

BraakNietzsche and Zen
Self-overcoming without a Self

André van der Braak

Andre Van der Braak's Nietzsche and Zen: Self-overcoming Without a Self is a thoughtful meditation on doing intercultural philosophy in a Nietzschean way. Nietzsche ultimately seeks a 'way-knowing' more similar to Buddhism and Daoism than the truth-seeking of his own philosophical tradition. This book situates Nietzsche in an intercultural context

Buddhism for a Violent World: A Christian Reflection

Buddhism for a Violent WorldBuddhism for a Violent World: A Christian Reflection.

Elizabeth J. Harris

Fusing autobiography, conversations with Buddhists and academic research into Buddhism, this book explores what Buddhist thought and practice can offer a fractured world. Elizabeth studied Buddhism for nearly eight years in Sri Lanka during the country's ethnic war and uses this experience to reflect on Buddhism's message in contexts of violence and suffering. In the last chapter, she reflects on Buddhist-Christian mistrust in Sri Lanka and some of the pioneering initiatives by Sri Lankan Christians to change mistrust into trust.