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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.

Confluences and Cross-Currents

confluencesConfluences and Cross-Currents
Frontiers of Japanese Philosophy 6

Raquel Bouso (ed.) James Heisig (ed.)

The list of publications having to do with Japanese intellectual history in general and Kyoto School philosophy in particular has grown steadily over the past years, both inside and outside of Japan. This is due in no small part to the important contributions made by those whose papers are included in this volume, the proceedings of an international conference held in June 2009 at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Although much remains to be done if Japanese philosophy is to shed its esoteric and exotic image in order to take its rightful place in the curriculum as one of the many valuable sources of philosophical reflection, the ongoing dialogue among veterans in the field and younger scholars reflected in these pages is as promising as it has ever been.

Transformation by Integration

TransformationTransformation by Integration

Perry Schmidt-Leukel

A growing number of people experience their own spiritual lives as being inspired by more than one religious tradition. Multi-religious identity formation and double-belonging are obvious signs of a process of significant transformation as a result inter-faith encounter - a transformation that had been expected and positively willed by various inter-faith theologians.

Interreligiöse Spiritualität - Verantwortungsbewusster Umgang der Religionen

interreligioesInterreligiöse Spiritualität - Verantwortungsbewusster Umgang der Religionen

Martin Rötting

Eine multireligiöse Welt braucht Menschen, die zu einer Form des Glaubens gefunden haben, die der Pluralität der Religionen gerecht wird. Im vorliegenden Buch werden Impulse zur Spiritualität in unserer Zeit vorgestellt. Dabei geht es um eine Haltung, die mit der Existenz anderer Religionen verantwortungsvoll umgeht.

Ecumenics from the Rim

GradyEcumenics from the Rim
Explorations in Honour of John D’Arcy May.

John O’Grady, Peter Scherle (eds.)

John D'Arcy May's achievements motivate these essays on ecumenics. Amid today's scepticism about the ecumenical movement's relevance, the authors demonstrate the necessity of working together for the betterment of all. This book deepens our understanding of how theology, peace and reconciliation studies and interfaith dialogue critically cooperate for the flourishing of earth's life. The perspective of church unity amid ecclesial division is broadened to embrace interfaith and intercultural issues: ecumenics becomes visible as the intellectual paradigm of our times.

Theravada Buddhism and the British Encounter

TheravadaTheravada Buddhism and the British Encounter: Religious, missionary and colonial experience in nineteenth century Sri Lanka.

Elizabeth J. Harris

This major new work explores the British encounter with Buddhism in nineteenth century Sri Lanka, examining the way Buddhism was represented and constructed in the eyes of the British scholars, officials, travellers and religious seekers who first encountered it.

Die Mystik im Buddhismus und im Christentum und Aspekte des interreligiösen Dialogs

MystikDie Mystik im Buddhismus und im Christentum und Aspekte des interreligiösen Dialogs

Josef Thomas Götz (ed.)  Thomas Gerold (ed.)

Die Begegnung der Religionen ist eines der entscheidenden Themen des 21. Jahrhunderts. Eine Phase des Kennenlernens hat begonnen. In Sankt Ottilien treffen sich deshalb seit 15 Jahren buddhistische und christliche Theologen, Mönche und Laien und versuchen zu zentralen Themen ins Gespräch zu kommen.

Understanding Buddhism

LeukelUnderstanding Buddhism

Perry Schmidt-Leukel

Today Buddhism is often presented as a religion without dogmas and commandments, without God and without any need to believe, tolerating all and everything – as no “religion” at all, but as a way of life most suitable to the needs of post-modern Westerners. But is this an accurate image?

The German edition appears under the title "Buddhismus verstehen" Buddhismus

Kühler Kopf und weiches Herz

FritschKühler Kopf und weiches Herz
Frauen in den Religionen der Welt: Über das kreative Potenzial der Randständigen.

Sybille Fritsch-Oppermann

This book deals with women’s role in the Holy Scriptures of World Religions and asks why women have been nevertheless silenced o death. It describes how finally resistance and courage growing at the borders and memory of pre-sisters and pre-mothers rediscovered and regained religious traditions of women’s liberation. How women found a new language – the beginning of a more just church and world.

Enlightenment Blues

BraakEnlightenment Blues
My Years with an American Guru

André van der Braak

Enlightenment Blues is Andre van der Braak’s compelling first hand account of his relationship with a prominent spiritual teacher. It chronicles both the author’s spiritual journey and disenchantment as well the development of a missionary and controversial community around the teacher. It powerfully exposes the problems and necessities of disentanglement from a spiritual path.

Transcendence and Violence

MayTranscendence and Violence: The Encounter of Buddhist, Christian and Primal Traditions

John D'Arcy May

The first two parts of this book present four detailed historical studies, filled with Geertzian "thick description," of the encounters of Christianity and Buddhism (universal religions with a high quotient of "transcendence") with various primal religious traditions ("biocosmic" or "immanentist") of the Asian-Pacific region, namely, Aboriginal Australia and Melanesia (Christianity) and Sri Lanka and Japan (Buddhism). In each case, the encounters represented a failure of the "great" traditions. In the third, constructive and theological part of the book, the author shows how an acknowledgment of these failures may provide a back door to dialogue.

Zufall, Notwendigkeit, Bestimmung.

Zufall, Notwendigkeit, Bestimmung.
Der Dialog zwischen Naturwissenschaft und Religion über Schöpfung und Natur angesichts der Fragen von Kausalität und Determination.

Loccumer Protokolle 15/01, Rehburg-Loccum
Conference documentation in cooperation with ESSSAT (European Society for the Study of Science and Theology). Keywords: God and Emptiness, Chaos Theory and Creation, Monism and Dualism, Time and Eternity, Natural Science and Religion

Denying Divinity

WilliamsDenying Divinity
Apophasis in the Patristic Christian and Soto Zen Buddhist Traditions

Janet Williams

The classical texts of Christianity and Zen Buddhism contain resources with potent appeal to contemporary spirituality. The ‘apophatic’, or ‘negative’, may offer a means to integrate the conservation of traditional religious practices and beliefs with an openness to experience beyond the limits of doctrine and of rational thought. This book argues for a new understanding of what is meant by apophatic theology, supported by extensive analysis of the texts of Dionysius the Areopagite, St Maximus the Confessor, and Zen Master Dogen.

Christliche Existenz im buddhistischen Kontext

FritschChristliche Existenz im buddhistischen Kontext
Katsumi Takizawas und Seiichi Yagis Dialog mit dem Buddhismus in Japan

Sybille Fritsch-Oppermann

This doctoral thesis deals with the concepts of systematic theologians and philosophers of religion Katsumi Takizawa and Seiichi Yagi in the context of Japanese Kyoto School and Buddhist-Christian Studies from Process Theology to Theology of the Cross. Two early representatives of Dual Belonging are hereby introduced.