Buddhist-Christian Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 29, Annual

Buddhist-Christian Dialogue in Ippolito Desideri
Ippolito Desideri (1684-1733), a Jesuit priest and missionary who lived in Tibet from 1715 to 1721, is relatively well known among Tibetanists and historians of the Society of Jesus. Often identified as the first modern scholar of Tibetan religion...
Catholic Discernment with a View of Buddhist Internal Clarity
In January 2004 at the Northern California Ch'an/Zen-Catholic Dialogue I offered a presentation regarding the Catholic spiritual decision-making process called "discernment." (1) This article addresses the same topic but with a decidedly broader scope....
Ch'an/Zen-Catholic Dialogue Spreads a "Welcome Table" at the 2009 Annual Meeting
A retreat program designed by the participants in the ongoing Ch'an/Zen-Catholic Dialogue explored the dialogue of religious experience and the dialogue of life, set amid the redwoods of Guerneville, California. The 28-31 January 2009 meeting was cochaired...
Cognitive Error and Contemplative Practices: The Cultivation of Discernment in Mind and Heart
Brains are amazing organs in all creatures with central nervous systems and especially in human beings. But they are not perfect. Without forgetting the larger success story of cognitive evolution, I want to explore the way that cognitive biases sometimes...
Desideri's Understanding of Emptiness
The works of Ippolito Desideri (1684-1733) (1) lay forgotten in the archives for a very long time; (2) had they been studied, European studies of Tibet and Buddhism would have begun a century earlier. The partial publication of his Relazione in 1904...
Editorial
Now the journal of Buddhist-Christian Studies has continued for twenty-nine years. Next year's volume will mark the completion of the third decade. Owing to the hard work and dedication of my predecessors, as a journal that explores Buddhist-Christian...
Empathy, Intimacy, Attention, and Meditation: An Introduction
On October 31, 2008, at the American Academy of Religion's annual meeting, the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies sponsored a well-attended afternoon session titled "Cognitive Science, Religious Practices, and Human Development: Buddhist and Christian...
Is Buddhism Indispensable in the Cross-Cultural Appropriation of Christianity in Burma?
Is Burmese Theravada Buddhism dispensable for the cross-cultural appropriation and mission of Christianity in Burma? (1) According to the traditionally held Burmese (2) Protestant Christian assumption--inherited from Adoniram Judson--the answer is...
The 2008 Meeting of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies: Chicago, Illinois, October 31-November 1, 2008
The Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies (SBCS) sponsored two sessions in conjunction with the 2008 annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). The first session addressed the topic "Cognitive Science, Religious Practices, and Human...
The Devil's Stratagem or Human Fraud: Ippolito Desideri on the Reincarnate Succession of the Dalai Lama
The institution of the Dalai Lama and the narrative of his reincarnate succession have become so familiar in the course of the past few decades as to seem almost unremarkable. (1) But, let us imagine hearing the story of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama's...
The Holy Trinity in Ippolito: Desideri's Ke Ri Se Ste an Kyi Chos Lugs Kyi Snying Po
On April 10, 1716, Ippolito Desideri, a Jesuit who had but recently arrived in Tibet, wrote a long letter to another Jesuit missionary, Ildebrando Grassi, who was stationed in Mysuru, India. Desideri recounted his adventures since the two men had last...
The Japan Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies: A Report on the 2008 Annual Meeting
The 2008 annual meeting of the Japan Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies was held at the Palace Side Hotel in Kyoto on 1-3 September. The main theme of the meeting was the "Possibility of Religious Philosophy." The meeting consisted of four sessions,...
Timothy Richard's Buddhist-Christian Studies
Timothy Richard (1845-1919), one of the most well-known nineteenth-century British missionaries who worked in China, (1) is still remembered today for his efforts to disseminate "Western learning" and to promote social welfare and political reform...
Who Hears? A Zen Buddhist Perspective
Western psychologists and neurologists have attempted to use their concepts to explain East Asian religions for more than seventy-five years. Carl Jung (1875-1961) wrote a long foreword to Richard Wilhelm's The Secret of the Golden Flower back in 1931,...
"Your Cell Will Teach You Everything": Old Wisdom, Modern Science, and the Art of Attention
A brother came to Scetis to visit Abba Moses and asked him "Father, give me a word." The old man said to him "Go, sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything." (1) Among the Desert Fathers, Christian monks of the fourth and fifth centuries,...