A Buddhist Spectrum: Contributions to Buddhist-Christian Dialogueby Marco Pallis
These ten essays cover a wide range of topics which are both specific to Buddhism as well as being pertinent to other religious traditions, most notably Christianity (e.g. "Living One's Karma," "Is There a Problem with Evil?" "Is There Room for 'Grace' in Buddhism?" "Nembutsu as Remembrance," "Dharma and the Dharmas," and "Archetupes, as Seen through Buddhist Eyes").… See more details below
These ten essays cover a wide range of topics which are both specific to Buddhism as well as being pertinent to other religious traditions, most notably Christianity (e.g. "Living One's Karma," "Is There a Problem with Evil?" "Is There Room for 'Grace' in Buddhism?" "Nembutsu as Remembrance," "Dharma and the Dharmas," and "Archetupes, as Seen through Buddhist Eyes"). Collectively they represent the crowning achievement of the only member of the "inner circle" of traditionalist authors who was formally attached to Buddhism. Brother David Steindl-Rast OSB has called his volume "a rich resource for dialogue between Christians and Buddhists" characterized by an "extraordinary grasp of the refinements of Buddhist thought." Like Buddhism itself, Pallis' writings possess at the same time the yielding gentleness of a flowing stream and the implacable resistance of a mountain. And like all of Pallis's books, A Buddhist Spectrum combines the wisdom gained from a lifetime of scholarship with the luminous insights of a seasoned spiritual traveler.
Marco Pallis (1895-1990) was an author, a mountain climber, and a professional musician and musicologist. As a result of his mountaineering expeditions in 1923, 1933, and 1936 in southern Tibet, the Himalayas, Sikkim, and Ladak, he visited and stayed in Buddhist monasteries and experienced the spiritual depth and beauty of a living traditional culture. He also gained fluency in the Tibetan language, and developed a life-long commitment to Buddhism, especially in its Vajrayana form, in addition to making many contacts with Buddhist scholars and spiritual authorities during his life. In his seminal work, Traditionalism: Religion in the Light of the Perennial Philosophy, Kenneth Oldmeadow writes that "the work of Marco Pallis radiates a distinctively Buddhist ambience. The tone is less combative and more amiable than that found in the work of some of the other traditionalists but he is no less tough-minded." As one of the earliest translators of the writings of Rene Guenon and Frithjof Schuon, as well as the author of many profound and penetrating articles on both Buddhist topics and the Perennial Philosophy, Pallis was one of the great twentieth-century bridge-builders between East and West. Writing about Pallis at the time of the first publication of this book in 1980, Huston Smith commented: "For insight, and the beauty insight requires if it is to be effective, I find no writer on Buddhism surpassing him."
Author Biography: Born in England into a distinguished Greek family, Marco Pallis is considered by many to have been the best of all the writers on Tibetan religion and spirituality. He wrote two books deriving from his experiences in Tibet, Peaks and Lamas (1939), which has become a classic, and The Way of the Mountain (1960). They are a unique blend of travelogue, botanical lore, discursive essays on Tibetan civilization, and metaphysical expositions.
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