Buddhist-Christian Studies

Journal focusing on Buddhism and Christianity and their historical and contemporary interrelationships.

Articles from Vol. 23, Annual

An Interview with Donald Mitchell and James Wiseman
The 2002 Fred Streng Book Award has been given to Donald W. Mitchell and James Wiseman for their edited collection, The Gethsemani Encounter: A Dialogue on the Spiritual Life by Buddhist and Christian Monastics. Donald W. Mitchell is professor of comparative...
Buddhist? Christian? Both? Neither?
I was in my early twenties when I was introduced to Zen practice, under the guidance of Zen Master Yamada Koun, less than a year after I had arrived in Japan as a Jesuit seminarian preparing for ordination to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church....
Buddhists and Christians: Praying for Peace in the World
Dear Buddhist Friends: 1. As the new president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, the office of His Holiness the Pope for relations with people of different religious traditions, I wish to greet you and send this congratulatory...
Catholic and Buddhist Monastics Focus on Suffering
Approximately twenty Benedictine, Trappist, and Camaldolese men and women monastics met from April 13-18 with an equal number of Buddhist monastics at the Trappist Gethsemani monastery in Kentucky for five days of dialogue on the causes of suffering....
Conscience, Citizenship, and Global Responsibilities
A version of this paper was presented at the Sixth International Conference of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies held at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, in August 2000. Upon discovering that Antigone had buried her brother,...
Double Religious Belonging: A Process Approach. (Dual Belonging/Personal Journeys
Increasingly, Christians in the United States are turning to Buddhism for spiritual insight and nourishment. Many are reading books about Buddhism, and some are also meditating, participating in Buddhist retreats, and studying under Buddhist teachers....
Double Religious Belonging: Aspects and Questions
The idea of double or multiple religious belonging seems to have become an integral feature of the religious culture of our times, it is no longer surprising to hear people refer to themselves as partly or fully Christian and Buddhist, and the hybridizing...
Editorial
As the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies (SBCS) moves toward its twenty-fifth year of existence, the question of identity looms. Two specific issues seem especially pertinent. The first has to do with participation. Who should be involved in...
Penetrating the Big Pattern
When does a personal journey begin? At birth? At the moment of first loss? At the point of spiritual self-awareness? In some previous lifetime? What are the markers? How does one define the journey? What makes such a story meaningful to others? ...
Persons and Awareness
The aim of this essay is to relate Christianity and Buddhism through a consideration of two key terms, "persons" and "awareness," the first being central for Christianity and the second being central for Buddhism. The first thing that needs to be...
Re-Creating Christian Community: A Response to Rita M. Gross
In Rita M. Gross's well-written, insightful, and provocative paper entitled "Some Reflections about Community and Survival," Rita says: "I am challenging my Christian colleagues to consider what role Western religious concepts about the individual...
Responses
This is a revision and combination of two presentations originally given at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies in Denver, Colorado, in November 2001. The first was a panel presentation on the theme "The Possibilities and...
Retracing Buddhist Encounters. (Dual Belonging/Personal Journeys
My aim is a modest one--to retrace earlier experiences of encounters with Buddhism and share my thoughts with others. I am not writing as a "dual practitioner," nor do I philosophize about "double belonging," its possibility or impossibility. Neither...
Seeking Emancipation through Engagement: One Nichiren Buddhist's Approach to Practice
I was born and raised Roman Catholic, which meant attending Catholic schools, first in the local parish schools and later at a private academy in suburban Philadelphia. As a child I was serious about my religion. I served as an altar boy and had serious...
Some Reflections about Community and Survival. (Buddhist and Christian Views of Community
Many studies have indicated that at both ends of the life cycle human beings more readily survive and flourish if they experience significant contact with other humans, if they experience nurturing, love, and relationship. Having physical needs met,...
"Soul-Less" Christianity and the Buddhist Empirical Self: Buddhist-Christian Convergence?
Buddhist-Christian dialogue seems to founder on the shoals of theological anthropology. The Christian concept of the soul and concomitant ideas of life after death appear to be diametrically opposed to the Buddhist doctrine of anatta, no-self. The...
The 2002 Meeting of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies
"Religious Responses to Violence" was the theme for the program at the SBCS Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, on November 22-23, 2002. Speaking from Christian and Jewish perspectives, the presenters in Session I were Harold Kasimow, Professor Emeritus...
The Seventh International Buddhist-Christian Conference in Los Angeles, California
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: WORKING GROUPS, FULL PANELS, AND INDIVIDUAL PAPERS The Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies has appointed a program committee to prepare for the Seventh International Buddhist-Christian Conference, to be held at the Loyola...
Wishing I Were Here: Postcards from My Religious Journey
SUMMER 1966, BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY An energetic ten-year-old, sitting on a red-cushioned wooden pew in a Presbyterian church leans over to her mother to whisper, "Which is it? Are we supposed to be like little children, or leave behind our childish...