Can a Christian be a Buddhist, Too?

  • Saturday, September 16, 2017
  • 9:00am  12:00pm
  • Ecumenical Buddhist Society (map)

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!

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