Serene Compassion: A Christian Appreciation of Buddhist Holiness [NOOK Book]

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In Serene Compassion, John and Denise Carmody provide an accessible overview and evaluation of Buddhist thought and practice from a Christian point of view. They find that Buddhism is, in many ways, an ideal complement and companion to Christianity. To show why, the Carmodys focus on Buddhist ideas about holiness - comprising such virtues as purity, devotion, orderliness, compassion, and wholeheartedness - and reveal how they compare to similar values in traditional Christianity. They emphasize the kinship ...
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Serene Compassion: A Christian Appreciation of Buddhist Holiness

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Overview

In Serene Compassion, John and Denise Carmody provide an accessible overview and evaluation of Buddhist thought and practice from a Christian point of view. They find that Buddhism is, in many ways, an ideal complement and companion to Christianity. To show why, the Carmodys focus on Buddhist ideas about holiness - comprising such virtues as purity, devotion, orderliness, compassion, and wholeheartedness - and reveal how they compare to similar values in traditional Christianity. They emphasize the kinship between seekers of holiness in both traditions, and offer a nuanced and sympathetic portrait of meditative practices that bring attention and imagination into the service of spiritual life. At the same time, however, they are frank about matters of doctrinal disagreement, making it clear that some aspects of Buddhist thought are not compatible with a Christian world view. Moving well beyond a simple exposition of Buddhist notions, or a comparison of Christian with Buddhist practice, Serene Compassion concludes that Buddhists and Christians share a basic humanity, and that Buddhism's success at the task of nourishing this humanity has much to teach all Christians. Informative and insightful, it will appeal to readers approaching the dialogue from either side, and to all engaged in the spiritual quest.
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Editorial Reviews

Steve Schroeder
Combining appreciation of Buddhist holiness with description and evaluation, this book, properly speaking, is a Roman Catholic evaluation more concerned with dialogue than with exposition. But it is an accessible exposition built around the three jewels--Buddha, dharma, sangha--and three pillars--meditation, morality, wisdom--of Buddhism, evaluated from the perspective of Catholic Christianity. Many Christian readers will find this evaluative approach to be a congenial way to connect with Buddhist thought, not as a substitute for but as a prelude to dialogue.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198026013
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/4/1996
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 255 KB

Meet the Author

Denise Lardner Carmody is Hanley Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University.
Until his death in 1995, John Tully Carmody was Senior Research Fellow in Religion, also at Santa Clara University.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 The Buddha 12
3 The Dharma 30
4 The Sangha 48
5 Meditation 67
6 Morality 86
7 Wisdom 105
8 Conclusion 124
Index 133
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