Healing Deconstruction: Postmodern Thought in Buddhism and Christianity

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This collection reflects the confluence of two contemporary developments: the Buddhist-Christian dialogue and the deconstruction theory of Jacques Derrida. The five essays both explore and demonstrate the relationship between postmodernism and Buddhist-Christian thought. The liberating and healing potential of de-essentialized concepts and images, language, bodies and symbols are revealed throughout. Included are essays by Roger Corless, David Loy, Philippa Berry, Morny Joy, and...

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Overview

This collection reflects the confluence of two contemporary developments: the Buddhist-Christian dialogue and the deconstruction theory of Jacques Derrida. The five essays both explore and demonstrate the relationship between postmodernism and Buddhist-Christian thought. The liberating and healing potential of de-essentialized concepts and images, language, bodies and symbols are revealed throughout. Included are essays by Roger Corless, David Loy, Philippa Berry, Morny Joy, and Robert Magliola.

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Five essays from a July-August 1992 conference in Boston reflect the confluence of the dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity, with postmodernism, particularly the deconstructionist thought of Jacques Derrida. The topics include idolatry and inherent existence, feminist theory and the limits of deconstruction, and therapeutic interventions in a time of dis-solution. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
N. Robert Glass
[The volume illustrates] the diverse understanding of postmodernism in the field of religion, and how easily the term can be applied to a wide range of thinkers, concepts and practices. -- Journal of Buddhist Ethics
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Idolatry and Inherent Existence: The Golden Calf and the Wooden Buddha 11
Dead Words, Living Words, and Healing Words: The Disseminations of Dogen and Eckhart 33
Sky-dancing at the Boundaries of Western Thought: Feminist Theory and the Limits of Deconstruction 53
Mindfulness of the Selves: Therapeutic Interventions in a Time of Dis-solution 71
In No Wise is Healing Holistic: A Deconstructive Alternative to Masao Abe's "Kenotic God and Dynamic Sunyata" 99
Notes on Contributors 119
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