I Am / No Self: A Christian Commentary on the Heart Sutra

I Am / No Self: A Christian Commentary on the Heart Sutra

by JP Keenan, LK Keenan




The place held by the Heart Sutra in Mahayana Buddhism parallels in some important ways that of the Gospel of John in Christianity. Each is foundational and central to its tradition. Each demands the practitioner's transformation through prayer and meditation. And, although the approach to deep and abiding human experience that is found in the Heart Sutra is quite different from that expressed in John's gospel, there is a resonance between the Sutra's emptying of every vestige of self-identity and John's call for a radical reconfiguration of consciousness. In this book, a Christian theologian reads the Heart Sutra, allowing its teaching on emptiness of self to percolate through his understanding of the central teachings of the Christian tradition - incarnation and trinit y - as these are disclosed in the Gospel of John.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789042924994
Publisher: Peeters Publishing
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Series: Christian Commentaries on Non-Christian Sacred Texts Series , #5
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John P. Keenan is professor emeritus of religion at Middlebury College, Vermont. His book The Meaning of Christ: A Mahayana Theology received the first Frederick J. Streng Book Award in Buddhist-Christian Studies.

Linda K. Keenan conducts research in the area of Japanese religious culture and literature. The translator of Beyond Loyalty: The Story of a Kibei, she is also coeditor of Beside Still Waters: Jews, Christians, and the Way of the Buddha.

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