Buddhist-Christian Studies, 35 (2015)

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Buddhist-Christian Dialogue: Moving Forward
Thomas Cattoi and Carol S. Anderson, vii
“Fifteen years into the twenty-first century and thirty-four years after the publication of its first issue, where does this transformed academic and cultural landscape leave a journal like Buddhist-Christian Studies? The dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity is now an integral part of the broad academic conversation in the fields of interreligious studies and comparative theology, as attested by the ongoing popularity and a growing number of interest groups at professional organizations such as the American Academy of Religion or the Catholic Theological Society of America. The Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies in North America and the European Network of Buddhist Christian Studies in Europe continue to foster academic conversation and exchange, and, as attested by this year’s News and Views section, the emergence of religious studies and interreligious dialogue in the Chinese academic world appears to be a promising development. Indeed, not only does the conversation take place at a speculative or theoretical level, but in an international context simultaneously marked by increasing secularism and religious violence, Buddhism and Christianity also offer a locus of resistance to a world where economic instability and intensifying climate change contribute to what is a de facto globalization of insecurity. At the same time, recent work in postcolonial approaches to the comparative study of religion has begun to impact religious dialogue by drawing attention to the history of the terms and assumptions that frame our questions. The journal hopes to continue to play an important role in bringing together some of the more important voices and contributions to this ongoing conversation and sharing them with the broader academic community.”


Multiple Religious Belonging

Deep Listening and Virtuous Friendship: Spiritual Care in the Context of Religious Multiplicity
Duane R. Bidwell, 3

Like an Elephant Pricked by a Thorn: Buddhist Meditation Instructions as a Door to Deep Listening
Willa B. Miller, 15

Reflections on Jewish and Christian Encounters with Buddhism
Harold Kasimow, 21

Whose Buddhism? Whose Identity? Presenting and/or Misrepresenting Shin Buddhism for a Christian Audience: AAR Panel on Multiple Religious Belonging and Buddhist Identity November, 2013
Kristin Johnston Largen, 29

Integrating Christ and the Saints into Buddhist Ritual: The Christian Homa of Yogi Chen
Richard K. Payne, 37

Religious Dualism and the Problem of Dual Religious Identity
Jonathan A. Seitz, 49

Spiritually Bilingual: Buddhist Christians and the Process of Dual Religious Belonging
Jonathan Homrighausen, 57

Comparative Theology

Sunyata and Otherness: Applying Mutually Transformative Categories from Buddhist-Christian Dialogue in Christology
Susie Paulik Babka, 73

Comparing Eckhartian and Zen Mysticism
Jijimon Alakkalam Joseph,91

Suñña at the Bone: Emily Dickinson’s Theravadin Romanticism
Adam Katz, 111

Bodhicitta and Charity: A Comparison
Luke Perera, 121

In Defense of Frugality: Insights from “Green Contemplatives” across Traditions
Wioleta Polinska, 147

Prolegomena to a Comparative Reading of The Major Life of St. Francis and The Life of Milarepa
Massimo A. Rondolino, 163

Comparative Theology Is Not “Business-as-Usual Theology”: Personal Witness from a Buddhist Christian
Paul F. Knitter, 181

“Wide Open to Life”: Thomas Merton’s Dialogue of Contemplative Practice
Judith Simmer-Brown, 193

News and Views
edited by Jonathan A. Seitz

The Annual Meeting of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies: San Diego, California, USA November 21–23, 2014
Sandra Costen Kunz, Jonathan A. Seitz, 207

Buddhist-Christian Dialogue and Comparative Scripture: Minzu University October 11, 2014
Thomas Cattoi, 211

Using The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola as a Basis for a Buddhist-Christian Retreat
Len Tischler and Andre Delbecq, 213

Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies Frederick J. Streng Book Award 2014: SBCS Streng Award Committee, 220

Book Reviews
edited by Sid Brown

This-Worldly Nibbāna: A Buddhist-Feminist Social Ethic for Peacemaking in the Global Community by Hsiao-Lan Hu
reviewed by Carol S. Anderson, 223

Buddhist Nuns and Gendered Practice: In Search of the Female Renouncer by Nirmala S. Salgado, and: Women in Pali Buddhism: Walking the Spiritual Paths in Mutual Dependence by Pascale Engelmajer, and: Women in Early Indian Buddhism: Comparative Textual Studies ed. by Alice Collett
reviewed by Rita M. Gross, 226

Zen and the Spiritual Exercises by Ruben L. F. Habito
reviewed by Brian D. Berry, 234

Facing up to Real Doctrinal Difference: How Some Thought-Motifs from Derrida can Nourish the Catholic-Buddhist Encounter by Robert Magliola
reviewed by John D’Arcy May, 238

The Ox-Herder and the Good Shepherd: Finding Christ on the Buddha’s Path by Addison Hodges Hart
reviewed by Ruben L. F. Habito, 242

Hope: A Form of Delusion? Buddhist and Christian Perspectives ed. by Elizabeth Harris
reviewed by John D’Arcy May, 245

Church, Liberation, and World Religions: Towards a Christian-Buddhist Dialogue by Mario L. Aguilar
reviewed by Amos Yong, 247

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