Buddhist-Christian Studies, vol. 20 (2000)


Although it is both possible and legitimate to object to consumerism on moral and theological grounds, one of the most compelling arguments against the economic system that currently dominates the world is ecological. Consumerism is depleting our resources and ruining the environment. Gordon Kaufman and Stephanie Kaza relate different aspects of the problem in papers presented at the 1998 International Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Ecological Consciousness and the Symbol “God”, p. 3
Gordon Kaufman

Overcoming the Grip of Consumerism, p. 23
Stephanie Kaza

The theme of the 1999 annual meeting of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies at Orlando, Florida, was “Ritual Practice.” Three Buddhists and three Christians explored various facets of Buddhist and Christian views of ritual practice.


Becoming a Real Person, p. 45
Stephanie Kaza

Mahayana Buddhist Ritual and Ethical Activity in the World, p. 54
John Makransky

Protestant Character of Modern Buddhist Movements, p. 59
Yukio Matsudo


Society and Sacrament, p. 71
Nicholas Groves

Concerning Ritual Practice and Ethics in Buddhism, p. 84
Donald Mitchell

The Ongoing Creation of Loving Community, p. 90
Jay Rock


Understanding Shinran: A Dialogical Approach, p. 95
Alfred Bloom

Pretending to be Buddhist and Christian: Thich Nhat Hanh and the Two Truths of Religious Identity, p. 115
Jeffrey Carlson

They Who Burned Themselves for Peace: Quaker and Buddhist Self-Immolators During the Vietnam War, p. 127
Sallie B. King

Santayana and Buddhism: The Choice Between the Cross and the Bo Tree, p. 151
Paul Grimley Kuntz

Interfaith Dialogue Between the Chinese Buddhist Leader Taixu and Christians, p. 167
Darui Long

In the Beginning: Hebrew God and Zen Nothingness, p. 191
Milton Scarborough

Christian Insight Meditation: A Test Case on Interreligious Spirituality, p. 217
Springs Steele

Edited by Harry L. Wells

The 1999 Meeting of the Society for Buddhist Christian Studies, p. 233
Edward L. Shirley

The 1999 Meeting of the Japan Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, p. 237
James Heisig

Korean Temple Burnings and Violence: The Response of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, p. 239
Harry Wells

The 1999 International Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter, p. 241
Barbara Bernstein

Christ and Buddha: Weaving a Path for the New Millennium, p. 247
Thomas Hand

World Parliament of Religions–Cape Town, South Africa, p. 249
Jim Kenney

Jesus Through Buddhist Eyes: 3rd Conference of European Network of Buddhist-Christian Studies, p. 257
John D’Arcy May

Edited by Alice A. Keefe

Susan Postal on David Hackett, The Silent Dialogue: Zen Letters to a Trappist Monk
and Robert E. Kennedy, Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit: The Place of Zen in Christian Life, p. 263

Christopher Chapple on A. L. Herman, Community, Violence, and Peace: Aldo Leopold, Mohandas K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Gautama the Buddha in the Twenty-First Century, p. 266

Mark Wood on David Loy ed., Healing Deconstruction: Postmodern Thought in Buddhism and Christianity, p. 268

Lucinda Peach on Karma Lekshe Tsomo, ed., Buddhist Women Across Cultures, p. 278

Donald Luck on Paul Ingram, Wrestling with the Ox: A Theology of Religious Experience, p. 283

David Chappell on Harold Roth, Original Tao: Inward Training and the Foundations of Taoist Mysticism; Livia Kohn, Laughing at the Tao: Debates Among Buddhists and Taoists in Medieval China; Bartholomew P. M. Tsui, Taoist Tradition and Change: The Story of the Complete Perfection Sect in Hong Kong; and Kenneth Dean, Lord of the Three in One: The Spread of a Cult in Southeast China, p. 288

Lonnie Valentine on Daniel Smith-Christopher, ed., Subverting Hatred: The Challenge of Nonviolence in Religious Traditions, p. 293

Roger Corless on Jerome Ducor, Le Sutra d’Amida Preche par Le Buddha, p. 297

Joseph Waligore on Thomas Tweed and Stephen Prothero, Asian Religions in America: A Documentary History, p. 299

Don Mitchell on Byron Sherwin and Harold Kasimow, eds., John Paul II and Interreligious Dialogue, p. 304

Ruben Habito on Aloysius Pieris, Fire and Water: Basic Issues in Asian Buddhism and Christianity,, p. 311

Joseph O’Leary on Katrin Amell, Contemplation et Dialogue: Quelques Examples de Dialogue Entre Spiritualites Apres Le Concile Vatican II, and Robert Aitken and David Steindle-Rast, The Ground We Share: Everyday Practice, Buddhist and Christian, p. 315

David Loy, Lack and Transcendence: The Problem of Death and Life in Psychotherapy, Existentialism, and Buddhism, p. 321

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