Publications by the Network

Meditation in Buddhist-Christian Encounter: A Critical Analysis

Bookedited by Elizabeth Harris and John O’Grady

In the last fifty years, Buddhists and Christians have come together in inter-monastic exchange, joint meditation retreats, dialogues concerning the relationship between meditation and social action, cross-tradition pupil/teacher relationships and joint academic explorations into the parallels between Buddhist and Christian spiritual practice.

Buddhist-Christian Relations in Asia

RelationsBuddhist-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.

Hope: a Form of Delusion?

Hope‘Hope’ is a contested term in both Buddhism and Christianity. For some Buddhists, the very mention of the word ‘hope’ smacks of a Christian rather than a Buddhist agenda – an agenda that is theistic and, by necessity, theological. For these, confidence in the teaching of the Buddha makes hope unnecessary. But is this the only Buddhist view and, if not, how have other views been articulated and lived?

Buddhist Attitudes to Other Religions

Buddhist AttitudesIn a world in which the religious ‚other‘ has been both globalized and localized, we are tending towards a situation in which all religious traditions are aware of all others and to this extent are in some kind of communication with one another. Even if the relationship is one of proselytism, rejection, conflict or enmity, it is still a relationship, and this involves a reaction to or interaction with the other. Many adherents of one faith have now practical dealings with people of other religions, thus inevitably facing questions of meaning and belonging

Converging Ways?

Converging WaysConversion and Belonging in Buddhism and Christianity

There is currently much discussion of both religious conversion and multiple religious belonging, but there has been little examination of their relationship. this book presents a variety of approaches to the problem, from autobiographical accounts of intense personal experience in monastic settings and research into historical controversies and empirical data to a comprehensive theory of multiple belonging.

Buddhism, Christianity and the Question of Creation

CreationIs the world created by a divine creator? Or is it the constant product of karmic forces? The issue of creation was at the heart of the classic controversies between Buddhism and Hindu Theism. In modern times it can be found at the centre of many polemical debates between Buddhism and Christianity. Is this the principal barrier that separates Buddhism from Christianity and other theistic religions?

Buddhist Perceptions of Jesus

Buddhist PerceptionsPapers of the Third Conference of the European Network of Buddhist-Christian-Studies (St. Ottilien 1999)

Buddhists have judged Christianity primarily from a spiritual-practical point of view. Thereby the three principles of the Noble Eightfold Path have proved decisive. In that regard it is very significant that negative judgements about Christianity always arose  over the question of vegetarianism and the consumption of alcohol which makes Buddhists believers doubt the spiritual level of Christianity. The collected articles and approaches of this volume present the difficulties of the Buddhist religion within the Christian-Buddhist Dialogue.