Academic journal article Theological Studies

The Ox-Herder and the Good Shepherd: Finding Christ on the Buddha's Path

Academic journal article Theological Studies

The Ox-Herder and the Good Shepherd: Finding Christ on the Buddha's Path

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The Ox-Herder and the Good Shepherd: Finding Christ on the Buddha's Path. By Addison Hodges Hart. Grand Rapids, Ml: Eerdmans, 2013. Pp. vii + I 18. $15.

This little book is an engaging, rewarding example of comparative spirituality. It seeks to clarify and deepen one form of spiritual practice through conversation with another. Following the methodology recommended for comparative theology, Hart limits his conversation to one particular text, the well-known Ox-Herding Pictures and commentary of the twelfth-century Zen Master Kakuan, and explores how this "Buddhist path" might enable Christians to more effectively "find Christ."

Unlike most comparative theologians, H. forthrightly lays out his theological foundations: that there is a "common religious grammar" among all religions (22); that no religion can/should claim superiority over others (3) (though he also holds up Jesus as the "definitive" manifestation of the Logos [5]); that experience precedes doctrine; that both Buddha and Jesus taught an "authentic spirituality" calling for transformation of the self and compassion for others (29); and that to wake up to one's Buddha nature and put on Christ are analogous experiences (22). …

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