Without Buddha I Could not be a Christian

Author: Paul F. Knitter

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780742487

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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Being a Christian isn’t easy. Sustaining belief without any doubts for one’s entire life is a very rare accomplishment. Indeed, many would say that examining one’s faith at least once is a central part of the Christian condition. In this landmark work, esteemed theologian Paul Knitter explains the unique path that he took to overcome his doubts, becoming a stronger Christian in the process. Honest and unflinching, Without Buddha I Could not be a Christian narrates each common spiritual dilemma that Knitter has struggled with and explains how a Buddhist worldview has allowed him to resolve each one. From the ‘petitioning’ nature of Christian prayer to how Christianity views life after death, Knitter argues that a Buddhist standpoint can help inspire a more person-centred conception of Christianity, where individual religious experience comes first, and liturgy and tradition second. Moving and revolutionary, this book will inspire Christians everywhere.

Without Buddha I Could Not be a Christian

Author: Paul F. Knitter

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 9781851689637

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Without Buddha I Could not be a Christian narrates how esteemed theologian, Paul F. Knitter, overcame a crisis of faith by looking to Buddhism for inspiration. From prayer to how Christianity views life after death, Knitter argues that a Buddhist standpoint can encourage a more person-centred conception of Christianity where individual religious experience comes first, and liturgy and tradition second. Moving and revolutionary, this edition comes with a new conclusion – ‘Jesus and Buddha Both Come First!’ ‘A compelling example of religious inquiry.’ New York Times ‘One of the finest contemporary books on the encounter between religions in the heart and soul of a single thoughtful person.’ Library Journal

Without Buddha I Could not be a Christian

Author: Paul F. Knitter

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780740743

Category: Religion

Page: 264

View: 1300

Honest and unflinching, Without Buddha I Could not be a Christian narrates how esteemed theologian, Paul F. Knitter overcame a crisis of faith by looking to Buddhism for inspiration. From prayer to how Christianity views life after death, Knitter argues that a Buddhist standpoint can encourage a more person-centred conception of Christianity, where individual religious experience comes first, and liturgy and tradition second. Moving and revolutionary, this book will inspire Christians everywhere.

Can Only One Religion be True?

Paul Knitter and Harold Netland in Dialogue

Author: Robert B. Stewart

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451426372

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 2905

This volume highlights points of agreement and disagreement on the subject of religious pluralism. The dialogue partners in the discussion are Paul F. Knitter, Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions, and Culture at Union Theological Seminary, and Harold A Netland, professor of Mission and Evangelism and director of Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. A transcript of the March 2009 Point-Counterpoint event between Knitter and Netland allows the reader to see how each presents his position in light of the others, as well as their responses to selected audience questions. The balance of the volume is comprised of substantive essays on various facets of the question of religious pluralism from a diverse set of scholars. The Greer Heard Point-Counterpoint series takes pride in presenting a fair and balanced case for both sides of complex issues, and in providing the tools for students and scholars to form their own conclusions.

Buddhist and Christian?

An Exploration of Dual Belonging

Author: Rose Drew

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113667327X

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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"The last century witnessed a gradual but profound transformation of the West's religious landscape. In today's context of diversity, people are often influenced by more than one religion. Buddhism and Christianity is a particularly prevalent and fascinating combination. This book presents a detailed exploration of Buddhist Christian dual belonging, engaging - from both Buddhist and Christian perspectives - the questions that arise, and drawing on extensive interviews with well-known individuals in the vanguard of this important and growing phenomenon. The book looks at how it is possible to be authentically Buddhist and authentically Christian despite the differences in religion beliefs and practices. It discusses whether those who identify themselves as belonging to both traditions are profoundly irrational, religiously schizophrenic or perhaps just spiritually superficial, or if it is possible to reconcile the thought and practice of Buddhism and Christianity in such a way that one can be deeply committed to both. Finally, the book looks at whether the influence of Buddhist Christians on each of these traditions is something to be regretted or celebrated. It is an interesting contribution to studies on Asian Religion and Theology"--

Taking Jesus Seriously

Buddhist Meditation for Christians

Author: John Cowan

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814627587

Category: Religion

Page: 190

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In Taking Jesus Seriously, the words of Jesus become clearer when matched with the practices and insights of Buddhist meditation. This book presents a Christian way to implement the words of Jesus by looking inside to see what stands between the reader and God?s kingdom. Cowan connects everyday examples and Jesus? words to the method of Buddhist vipassana or insight meditation by offering instruction, perception, and guidance. With practice, readers can begin to notice what is actual, leave anxiety to the Father, accept pain, and see the world as a child would. This book is designed to be read over twelve weeks while practicing 20?30 minutes of daily meditations. Each chapter includes questions and answers. Chapters in Prelude are ?The Reign of God, Escaping Delusion,? ?The Practice: Observing Delusion and Reality,? ?Replacing Delusions with Material Reality,? and ?Escaping the Delusion that We Are Our Feelings and Thoughts.? Chapters in First Interlude: What Am I Doing Here? are ?The Delusion that Happiness Results from Fulfilling Desires,? ?Distinguishing the Reality of Pain from the Delusion of Suffering,? ?The Delusion of Permanence,? and ?The Delusion of Person.? Chapters in Second Interlude: The Delusion of Two are ?Empty of Delusion,? and ??Now? as Reality, ?Past? and ?Future? as Delusion.? The chapter in Third Interlude: Intention, is ?Evolution and the Reign of God.? Also includes Postlude on the Christian Life, My Book Shelf, and an index. ?Cowan?s work contributes a perspective of radical Christianity to the growing number of books dealing with the interaction of Buddhism and Christianity. . . . This book could help some Christians get beyond preconceptions about Buddhism and Jesus.? Publishers Weekly?Thank you for Taking Jesus Seriously. Its practical teaching on meditation is superb. It reminded me of a lot that I had forgotten, and helped me understand some things I'd never understood, and taught me a good deal I never knew.? The Reverend Paul Bayes National Mission & Evangelism Adviser, Archbishops' Council, England?In this world of attractions and delusions, we are blessed when someone finds a way to help us to see ourselves clearly, to learn to be content with who we are, and to be open to new perceptions. Here is the Jesus who encountered life in all its fullness and welcomes us in. John Cowan, with his years of experience in both Eastern and Western forms of meditation, offers a guide for the traveler and a bridge between traditions.? Rt. Rev. James Jelinek Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota

One Earth, Many Religions

Multifaith Dialogue and Global Responsibility

Author: Paul F. Knitter

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 1608332047

Category: Religion

Page: 218

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One of the world's foremost exponents of the "pluralist" position as the most adequate Christian theological account of religious diversity turns to a new and urgent issue facing the community of world religions. For Paul Knitter, the spectre of environmental and social injustice looms over any serious discussion of humankind's future. As urgent as it is to have peace among the world's believers to achieve peace among nations, it is urgent that these communities unite in understanding and defending of the earth. In One Earth Many Religions Knitter looks back at his own "dialogical odyssey" and forward to the way that interfaith encounters and dialogue must focus attention on new challenges. Nothing less than enlisting the commitment of the world's religions on the task of saving our common home will do. In making that case, Knitter makes clear the complex structurespolitical, economic, and social as well as religious - that face those who approach this task. While articulating a "this-worldly soteriology" necessary to overcome our eco-human plight, Knitter offers practical considerations on actions and projects that have and should have been undertaken to stem the tide of environmental and human suffering. The global crisis is both at the center of One Earth Many Religions and a test case for Knitter and others engaged in the dialogue of religions. Can religious differences concerning the nature of the transcendent themselves be transcended in order to promote eco-human well-being? The issue seems basic and clearif interreligious dialogue cannot effect such a change, then one must question whether religion is of any use whatsoever.

Compassion and Meditation

The Spiritual Dynamic between Buddhism and Christianity

Author: Jean-Yves Leloup

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1620551101

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 9194

A profound reflection on how complementary themes in Buddhism and Christianity could serve as the basis for a truly ecumenical faith • Compares Zen meditation with the Greek Orthodox practice of Hesychasm (prayer of the heart) • Shows how Buddha and Jesus represent the distinct yet complementary values of meditation and compassion In Asian spiritual traditions the mountain traditionally symbolizes meditation while the ocean signifies compassion. Jean-Yves Leloup uses this metaphor to compare Buddhist and Christian approaches to meditation and compassion to reveal the similarities and divergences of these profound practices. Emphasizing their complementary nature, Leloup describes how Jesus and Buddha are necessary to one another and how together they form a complete system: Jesus as awakening through love, and Buddha as awakening through meditation. Where Buddha represents the forests, Jesus represents the trees. Buddha is brother to the universe, whereas Jesus is brother to humanity. Nevertheless, these two religious traditions have a profound common ground. Compassion is central to Buddhism, and meditation practices have been central to many Christian traditions. Both view murder, theft, and the destructive use of sexuality as great barriers to realizing our essential being, and both agree on the need to rise above them. Here, however, Leloup suggests that both faiths could benefit from the precepts of the other. The complementary aspects of Christianity and Buddhism offer the possibility for a truly profound ecumenical religion whose interfaith relations are based on deep understanding of the true meaning and practice of meditation and compassion and not merely shared goodwill.

Going Home

Jesus and Buddha as Brothers

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781573228305

Category: Religion

Page: 202

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A respected Buddhist teacher, a Vietnamese monk, explores the nature of modern humankind's spiritual displacement, offers a joyful discussion of the roots of Christianity and Buddhism, and builds an affirmative and revitalizing dialogue between the two faiths. Reprint.

Jesus in the Lotus

The Mystical Doorway Between Christianity and Yogic Spirituality

Author: Russill Paul

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1577318501

Category: Religion

Page: 248

View: 6116

Drawing on a deep knowledge of Christian scripture as well as Hindu philosophy, musician and teacher Russill Paul reveals that the mystical core of religion offers us much more than the simple solace of unthinking dogma. By demonstrating that these two seemingly separate and irreconcilable religions can actually unite in one person’s spiritual practice at the center of his life — as they did in his — he offers an alternative to religious intolerance and strife, as well as hope for personal liberation.

Why I Am Not a Christian

And Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects

Author: Bertrand Russell

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671203231

Category: Philosophy

Page: 266

View: 6196

"I am as firmly convinced that religions do harm as I am that they are untrue" - preface.

Buddhists Talk About Jesus, Christians Talk About the Buddha

Author: Rita M. Gross,Terry C. Muck

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780826411969

Category: Religion

Page: 153

View: 7708

What does Jesus mean to a Buddhist, or the Buddha to a Christian? What is it about the Buddha that is appealing to a Christian, or unappealing? In this volume 12 scholars, six of them Christian and six of them Buddhists, speak simply and from the heart about their personal relationship to the great religious leader from the other tradition. The diversity of views within each tradition could be a shock to the average Buddhist or Christian on the street. Buddhists argue about Buddha's nature, Buddha veneration, and the role the Buddha plays in human liberation. Christians argue about Jesus' human and divine status, his uniqueness, and the role he plays in human salvation. The contributors celebrate the family likeness between Jesus and the Buddha, but they also acknowledge the differences as well, for it is at the points of difference that potentially there is the most opportunity for growth.

Unexpected Way

On Converting from Buddhism to Catholicism

Author: Paul Williams

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567088307

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 6343

The story of one man's unexpected pilgrimage from Buddhism to Catholicism.There are Christians who, in mid-life decide to abandon their Christian faith and become Buddhists. Paul Williams did the opposite. After twenty years spent practising and teaching Tibetan Buddhism in Britain, scholar and broadcaster Paul Williams astonished his family and friends in 1999 by converting to Roman Catholicism. Williams explains why he joined a Church that many Buddhists and others might regard as a repressed and outdated way of life and belief. He argues that being a Catholic in the modern world is no less rational than being a Buddhist, and may in many respects, be more so.

From Buddha to Jesus

An Insider's View of Buddhism and Christianity

Author: Steve Cioccolanti

Publisher: Monarch Books

ISBN: 1854249568

Category: Religion

Page: 254

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Buddhism is not a way of harmony and cosmic unity, as Westerners tend to think. Although Buddhism is a rapidly rising religion in the West, few Westerners know what Buddhism is like from the inside. Steve, who made the journey from Buddhism to Christ, explains the Buddhist mind-set and worldview, and makes useful points of comparison.

Zen Gifts to Christians

Author: Robert Kennedy

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780826416544

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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Robert Kennedy is one of three Jesuits in the world who answer to both the titles "Father" and "Roshi," or venerable Zen teacher. In 1991, after ten years of practicing Zen meditation, he was installed as a Zen teacher at the recommendation of his teacher, Glassman Roshi, and of Glassman Roshi's teacher, Maezumi Roshi. Today, he directs a dozen groups of people from many religious persuasions--even atheists and agnostics--who sit weekly in Zen meditation throughout the greater New York metropolitan area. This book is specifically addressed to the Christian practitioners of Zen meditation or those who are curious about it. It is structured around ten well-known ox-herding pictures that have been a consistent source of inspiration to Zen students for centuries. Each picture represents a specific Zen insight to life, and these insights, says Kennedy, are not only fully compatible with Christianity but can help Christians achieve the spiritual goals enshrined in a Christian classic. For example, "The Cloud of Unknowing:" to be silent and attentive, to be wholly present to life, to be able to separate one's true self from one's false self, the self-seeking part of the personality that so often brings on pain.

Jesus & Buddha

Friends in Conversation

Author: Paul Knitter ,Roger Haight

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 1608336174

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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Living Buddha, Living Christ

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh,David Steindl-Rast,Elaine Pagels

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781594482397

Category: Religion

Page: 218

View: 2606

A Vietnamese monk and Buddhist teacher explores the common ground of Christianity and Buddhism on such subjects as compassion and holiness, and offers inspiration to believers in both religions.

Zen for Christians

A Beginner's Guide

Author: Kim Boykin

Publisher: Courier Dover Publications

ISBN: 048683039X

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 8193

No prior knowledge of Zen philosophy is necessary for this reader-friendly guide, which offers Christians a way to incorporate contemplative practices into their lives without compromising their beliefs.

Interreligious Theology

Its Value and Mooring in Modern Jewish Philosophy

Author: Ephraim Meir

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110430517

Category: Philosophy

Page: 229

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This book is the first greater attempt to construct a dialogical theology from a Jewish point of view. It contributes to an emerging new theology that promotes the interrelatedness of religions in which encounter, openness, and permanent learning are central. Meir analyses and critically discusses the writings of great contemporary Jewish dialogical thinkers and argues that the values of interreligious theology are moored in their thoughts.

Buddhism without Beliefs

A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

Author: Stephen Batchelor

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101663073

Category: Religion

Page: 144

View: 9645

A national bestseller and acclaimed guide to Buddhism for beginners and practitioners alike In this simple but important volume, Stephen Batchelor reminds us that the Buddha was not a mystic who claimed privileged, esoteric knowledge of the universe, but a man who challenged us to understand the nature of anguish, let go of its origins, and bring into being a way of life that is available to us all. The concepts and practices of Buddhism, says Batchelor, are not something to believe in but something to do—and as he explains clearly and compellingly, it is a practice that we can engage in, regardless of our background or beliefs, as we live every day on the path to spiritual enlightenment.