Throughout the United States and Europe, and also in Asian countries, Buddhist and Christian are engaged in dialogue, not simply to learn about each other but to learn from one another. Along the way they become Christians influenced by Buddhism and Buddhists influenced by Christianity, exhibiting what scholars call “double religious belonging.” This three-hour workshop approached such dialogue from the vantage point of a Paul Knitter, former professor of world religions at Union Theological Seminary in New York, who is both Christian and Buddhist, author of Without Buddha I Could Not be a Christian. Our hope is that workshops such as this can help inaugurate ongoing discussions in Christian-Buddhist dialogue throughout the central Arkansas area.
Table of Contents of Knitter’s Book
Chapter One: Nirvana and God the Transcendent Other
Chapter Two: Nirvana and God the Personal Other
Chapter Three: Nirvana and God the Mysterious Other
Chapter Four: Nirvana and Heaven
Chapter Five: Jesus the Christ and Gautama the Buddha
Chapter Six: Prayer and Meditation
Chapter Seven: Making Peace and Being Peace
Conclusion: Promiscuity or Hybridity?
A New Conclusion: Jesus and Buddha Both Come First!