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Teaching BuddhismNew Insights on Understanding and Presenting the Traditions$
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Todd Lewis and Gary deAngelis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199373093

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373093.001.0001

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History of Buddhist–Christian Dialogue

History of Buddhist–Christian Dialogue

(p.271) 15 History of Buddhist–Christian Dialogue
Teaching Buddhism

Paul O. Ingram

Oxford University Press

Paul Ingram describes the major figures involved in three interdependent forms of Buddhist–Christian dialogue: conceptual dialogue, socially engaged dialogue, and interior dialogue. Conceptual dialogue focuses on areas in which Buddhists and Christians compare and contrast theological and philosophical formulations of the ultimate reality, human nature, suffering, and theodicy; the result has been focused on what each might appropriate from one another, and how to do this in practice. Socially-engaged dialogue has generated deep interest in communities taking action on issues of social, environmental, economic, and gender justice; since these issues are systemic, global, and interconnected, they are not religion-specific. Among major figures discussed are Thomas Merton, Thich Nhat Hanh, and the Dalai Lama. Finally, dialogue in the human struggle for liberation that Buddhists and Christians share opens an “experiential common ground” that enables them to hear one another and be mutually transformed in the process. Interior dialogue emphasizes practice traditions—meditation and centering prayer.

Keywords:   Thomas Merton, Thich Nhat Hanh, Dalai Lama, meditation, prayer, justice, Christian, theology, conceptual dialogue, socially engaged dialogue, interior dialogue

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