The Buddha-Christ

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The Buddha-Christ may well be the crowning achievement of a career rich in insights and endowed with courage. No one will fail to learn something from this book, and few will complete it without some appreciation of the gift Buri has given us.

The Buddha-Christ arose out of Buri's preoccupation over an extended period with the spiritual world of Buddhism. But "I cannot even speak of Buddhism", he says in his foreword, "without thereby stating what I mean by Christianity, both ...

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Overview

The Buddha-Christ may well be the crowning achievement of a career rich in insights and endowed with courage. No one will fail to learn something from this book, and few will complete it without some appreciation of the gift Buri has given us.

The Buddha-Christ arose out of Buri's preoccupation over an extended period with the spiritual world of Buddhism. But "I cannot even speak of Buddhism", he says in his foreword, "without thereby stating what I mean by Christianity, both for its own sake and for the evaluation of Buddhism. For both Buddhism as well as Christianity are about the 'Lord of the True Self". Buri explains that

For Buddhists ... The Lord of the True Self is a fundamental statement about kyamuni (Gautama the Buddha) and their relationship to him, just as for Christians, especially from the perspective of Paul, the confession of Jesus as Lord is of central significance. With this Lord if he really is the Lord we are not dealing with a product of one's own heart, but with a Beyond, with the Transcendence to which they experience themselves related. The Lord of the True Self is an expression for the transcendent relatedness of self-understanding.

Theology today is becoming increasingly aware of a new world openness of Christianity (to use the title of the Festschrift presented to Buri on his eightieth birthday in 1987). Translator Harold Oliver suggests that "it may well be that what Buri has attempted in this volume vis-a-vis the legacy of Japanese culture ... will need to be extended to other world religions and could serve as a model for such undertakings. This must be done, "Oliver concludes, "not as a distracting aside within theology, but as an essential part ofthe theological task itself".

Christian theology will long be indebted to Buri for sharing his world openness with us. Also, English-reading students of Christian theology must be grateful to Harold Oliver for making the profound insights of Buri readily available for serious contemplation.

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This translation of a 1982 volume published in Bern (Paul Haupt Verlag) by a Swiss theologian with a longstanding interest in dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity features an examination of the Kyoto school of Japanese philosophers who attempted to engage with both Christianity and secular Western philosophy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865545366
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 980,773
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations
Translator's Introduction
Foreword
Ch. 1 Introduction: A Critical Comparison of Buddhism and Christianity 1
Ch. 2 Nishida Kitaro (1870-1945): Japan's Great Philosopher and Founder of the Kyoto School 37
Ch. 3 Hajime Tanabe (1885-1962): Philosophy of Repentance and Dialectic of Death 65
Ch. 4 Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki (1870-1966): Zen and Shin Buddhism for the West 95
Ch. 5 Shin'ichi Hisamatsu (1889-1980): Atheistic Buddhism 123
Ch. 6 Keiji Nishitani (1900-1990): Zen as Philosophy of Religion 167
Ch. 7 Yoshinori Takeuchi (b. 1913): Buddhist Religious Existentialism 225
Ch. 8 Shizuteru Ueda (b. 1926): Breaking through the Objective Thinking of Substance in the Trinity of the Selfless Self 251
Ch. 9 Masao Abe (b. 1915): Zen Buddhism and Christianity 285
Ch. 10 Concluding Position: A Juxtaposition and Connection of Buddhist and Christian Symbols 337
App. 1 Nothingness and the True Self in Light of the Problem of Meaning and Being 383
App. 2 Dialogue as Theological Principle 389
Supplement. The Newest Publications on Our Theme 405
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