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Buddhists Talk About Jesus -  Gross

Buddhists Talk About Jesus

By: Gross

Paperback Published: 1st February 2000
ISBN: 9780826411969

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What does Jesus mean to a Buddhist, or the Buddha to a Christian? What is it about the Buddha that is appealing to a Christian, or unappealing? In this volume 12 scholars, six of them Christian and six of them Buddhists, speak simply and from the heart about their personal relationship to the great religious leader from the other tradition. The diversity of views within each tradition could be a shock to the average Buddhist or Christian on the street. Buddhists argue about Buddha's nature, Buddha veneration, and the role the Buddha plays in human liberation. Christians argue about Jesus' human and divine status, his uniqueness, and the role he plays in human salvation. The contributors celebrate the family likeness between Jesus and the Buddha, but they also acknowledge the differences as well, for it is at the points of difference that potentially there is the most opportunity for growth.

In a productive new approach to the Christian-Buddhist dialog, four religion scholars who practice Buddhism share their thoughts, both academic and personal, about Jesus followed by the reactions of two Christians. Likewise, four Christian "scholar-practitioners" comment on the Buddha followed by reactions from two Buddhist colleagues. Gross (Buddhism After Patriarchy) and Muck (religion, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary) have collected the essays, which originally appeared in the journal Buddhist-Christian Studies, and book-ended them with an introduction and closing essay. Thought-provoking enough for specialists, these articulate views from informed followers of the "other" faith are also accessible to general readers. This book is an excellent follow-up to Thich Nhat Hanh's Living Buddha, Living Christ (LJ 10/1/95) and the Dalai Lama's The Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus (LJ 7/96), which Muck discusses in the closing essay along with Kenneth Leong's The Zen Teachings of Jesus (Crossroad, 1995). Recommended for public and academic libraries.--Sanford Lakoff "Library Journal "

Introductionp. 7
A God, but Not a Saviorp. 17
Meditating on Jesusp. 32
Christ as the Truth, the Light, the Life, but a Way?p. 52
Jesus, Man of Sin: Toward a New Christology in the Global Erap. 59
Jesus and Buddhism: A Christian Viewp. 77
Exclusivity and Particularityp. 83
My Unfinished Business with the Buddhap. 89
Images of the Buddhap. 95
Buddha Loves Me! This I Know, for the Dharma Tells Me Sop. 107
The Buddha Offered Me a Raftp. 118
If the Buddha Is So Great, Why Are These People Christian?p. 131
Contrasting Images of the Buddhap. 138
Buddhist Books on Jesusp. 143
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ISBN: 9780826411969
ISBN-10: 0826411967
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st February 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.25
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1