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By John Ross Carter

Buddhist-Christian mirrored image that makes use of friendship as a version for interreligious understanding.

In this paintings of Buddhist-Christian mirrored image, John Ross Carter explores uncomplicated elements of human religiousness: religion and the task of knowing. Carter’s viewpoint is exclusive, placing humans and their reports on the heart of inquiry into religiousness. His version and procedure grows out of friendship, tough the so-called aim method of the examine of faith that privileges styles, suggestions, and abstraction.

Carter considers the traditions he is familiar with most sensible, the Protestant Christianity he was once born into and the Theravāda and Jōdo Shinshū (Pure Land) traditions of the Sri Lankan and jap acquaintances between whom he has lived, studied, and labored. His wealthy, wide-ranging money owed of spiritual adventure comprise discussions of transcendence, cause, saṃvega, shinjin, the not possible, and even if lives orientated towards religion will live on in an international context with elevated pressures for individualism and secularism. finally, Carter proposes that the pastime of interreligious knowing is itself a spiritual quest.

“This e-book is efficacious for collections that emphasize theology, philosophy, or interfaith movements.” — CHOICE

In the corporate of neighbors is groundbreaking. It brilliantly opinions present assumptions operative within the educational learn of religions, theologies of religions, and interreligious discussion and painstakingly sketches a brand new path for studying inter-religiously. it's going to turn into a lightning rod of extreme scholarly dialogue and inventive re-imagining in lots of fields concerning faith and theology within the academy in coming years.” — John J. Makransky, writer of Buddhahood Embodied: assets of Controversy in India and Tibet

“This e-book is a particular contribution within the box of Interreligious discussion stories, particularly Buddhist-Christian discussion, coming from greater than 3 many years of scholarship and event of the writer. the truth that it's a testimony of an entire pupil and respected instructor, engaged in interreligious discussion, giving not just indifferent bills of principles, yet extra relevantly, his own engagement with the topics and concerns mentioned, makes the e-book an enticing learn for these drawn to the field.” — Ruben L. F. Habito, writer of Healing Breath: Zen for Christians and Buddhists in a Wounded World

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Clara Lantz carefully reviewed the notes to assure uniformity. Nancy Ellegate, of the State University of New York Press, consistently demonstrated patience and support throughout this publication process. Laurie D. Searl provided editorial assistance in the production of the final text. I am pleased to extend my thanks to them. What errors might remain are, of course, mine. And my sense of gratitude is also extended to the students with whom I have worked for very nearly four decades, and who have demonstrated for me, ever refreshingly, that becoming personally engaged in an academic subject, especially when that subject rigorously investigates and seriously considers the great human issues, tends to give rise to sustained reflection on that subject and faithfulness among fellow inquirers.

One of the pressing concerns for Buddhist men and women in the twenty-first century is to gain a more comprehensive and self-conscious understanding of their religious affirmations and the quality of personal faith both within the Buddhist tradition at-large and in the religious history of humankind generally, including, of course, our global religious context today. This study explores dimensions of faith and understanding comparatively within the Buddhist tradition and also within the Christian.

11 This repeated evocation of Wijesekera's home is a reminder that any truth that emerges in the activity of understanding always lies in particular relationships, in the relations between particular teachers and students and in the particular relations between friends. Because of these particular relationships of mutuality, the “bedrock of our individual experiences” is, and can only be, something that is shared with particular others. So much so, that one thing that we come to know in friendship, that good friends (or in Pali, kalyāṇamitta) teach us afresh again and again, is that the bedrock of our individual experiences and personal realizations lies not only within us, but also beyond us.

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