Buddhist Theology: Critical Reflections by Contemporary Buddhist Scholars


Scholars of Buddhism, themselves Buddhist, here seek to apply the critical tools of the academy to reassess the truth and transformative value of their tradition in its relevance to the contemporary world.

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Scholars of Buddhism, themselves Buddhist, here seek to apply the critical tools of the academy to reassess the truth and transformative value of their tradition in its relevance to the contemporary world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700712038
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/5/1999
  • Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 422
  • Sales rank: 1,247,278
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction I Buddhist Theology: Its Historical Context 1
Editor's Introduction II Contemporary Academic Buddhist Theology: Its Emergence and Rationale 14
Pt. I Buddhist Theology: What, Why, and How?
1 Buddhist Theology in the Academy 25
2 Buddhist Theology? 53
3 Three Dimensions of Buddhist Studies 61
4 The Methodological Relevance of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship to the Study of Buddhism 78
5 Hermeneutics and Dharmology: Finding an American Buddhist Voice 95
Pt. II Exercises in Buddhist Theology
6 Historical Consciousness as an Offering to the Trans-Historical Buddha 111
7 Truth in Buddhist Theology 136
8 The Lack of Self: A Western Buddhist Psychology 155
9 Critical Synergy: The Context of Inquiry and the Project of Buddhist Thought 173
10 The Dialectic Between Religious Belief and Contemplative Knowledge in Tibetan Buddhism 203
11 In Search of a Postmodern Middle 215
12 Impermanence, Nowness and Non-Judgment: A Personal Approach to Understanding Finitude in Buddhist Perspective 247
13 Gendered Bodies of Illusion: Finding a Somatic Method in the Ontic Madness of Emptiness 261
14 On Essences, Goals and Social Justice: An Exercise in Buddhist Theology 275
15 Human Rights in Contemporary Engaged Buddhism 293
16 Pluralism and Dialogue: A Contemplation on the Dialogue Relationship 312
17 From Buddhology to Buddhist Theology: An Orientation to Sinhala Buddhism 331
18 Concern for Others in Pure Land Soteriological and Ethical Considerations: The Case of Jogyo-daihi in Jodo-Shinshu Buddhism 346
Pt. III Critical Responses
19 Measuring the Immeasurable: Reflections on Unreasonable Reasoning 367
20 Constructive Buddhist Theology: A Response 386
Contributors to the Volume 407
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