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Buddhist-Christian Studies

StudiesBuddhist Christian Studies

Thomas Cattoi and Kristin Johnston Largen

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A scholarly journal devoted to Buddhism and Christianity and their historical and contemporary interrelationships, Buddhist-Christian Studies presents thoughtful articles, conference reports, and book reviews. It also includes sections on comparative methodology and historical comparisons, as well as ongoing discussions from two dialogue conferences: the Theological Encounter with Buddhism, and the Japan Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies. Membership in the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies includes a subscription to the journal.

Das himmlische Geflecht

perryDas himmlische Geflecht

Perry Schmidt-Leukel

( This book is a significantly expanded German version (about three times the size) of the Chinese-English book "To See a World in a Flower". )

Ein aufregender Religionsvergleich - neuartig, spannend und erhellend Der Buddhist meidet die Welt, der Christ wendet sich ihr zu. Christen glauben an einen Gott, Buddhisten kennen nur ein unpersönliches Absolutum. Der Buddhismus ist eine Lehre zur Selbsterlösung, das Christentum dagegen weiß um die Notwendigkeit der göttlichen Gnade. - Perry Schmidt-Leukel wendet sich gegen solche Klischees. In seinem Vergleich behandelt er beide Religionen nicht so, als seien sie homogene Einheiten. Mit seinem neuartigen Ansatz zeigt er vielmehr, dass jede der beiden Religionen das, was sie an der anderen ablehnt, auch in sich selbst trägt. Buddhismus und Christentum unterscheiden sich, doch zugleich ähneln sie einander gerade in ihrer internen Vielfalt. Das aber heißt: In der anderen Religion begegnet mir immer auch das Andere der eigenen Religion. Die Unterschiede fordern heraus und können sich doch sinnvoll ergänzen.

The Routledge Handbook of Buddhist-Christian Studies

handbookThe Routledge Handbook of Buddhist-Christian Studies

Edited by Carol Anderson and Thomas Cattoi.

Buddhist-Christian dialogue has a long and complex history that stretches back to the first centuries of the common era. Comprising 42 international and disciplinarily diverse chapters, this volume begins by setting up a framework for examining the nature of Buddhist-Christian interreligious dialogue, discussing how research in this area has been conducted in the past and considering future theoretical directions.

Houses of Religions

Houses of ReligionsHouses of Religions

Martin Rötting

Houses of Religions are a new phenomenon in urban settings and promise to create a space with religious meaning for everyone in the city; or at least, to be much more than an ecumenical chapel, a church, a synagogue, a temple or a mosque.

Projects of Houses and Centers around the globe have contributed to this volume: Bern, Hannover, Berlin, Vienna, Stockholm, Munich, London, New York, Jerusalem, Taipei and Abu Dhabi.

Theoretical attempts to understand Houses of Religions and their creation of meaning within multicultural societies set the final accord.

Building a Culture of Compassion

CompassionBuilding a Culture of Compassion
Essays Celebrating 25 Years of the Vesak Message to Buddhists

Kodithuwakku Janaka Indunil (ed.)

This is a collection of 21 articles on Buddhist-Christian relations, published through the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) to commemorate the 25 years that the PCID has sent a message to Buddhists at Vesak. These messages are included at the end of the book. The articles are divided into three sections: History; Thematic Issues, which includes a section on Buddhist Responses to Buddhist-Christian Dialogue; Contemporary Issues.

Kirche und Kultur in der Krisenzeit

KircheKirche und Kultur in der Krisenzeit
Ein literarisch-politisches Nachdenkebuch mit Impulsen aus der Reihe „freitags bei uns im oberharz“

Sybille Fritsch-Oppermann

Im Rahmen der Kulturkirche Zellerfeld im Oberharz fragen sich Menschen aus unterschiedlichen Milieus, Kulturen und Religionen unter dem Motto Kirchenkunststückchen - KircheMachtSinn, was Kirche und Kultur einander zu sagen haben, wenn es um sinnvolles Leben und Handeln geht. In Corona-Zeiten werden hierzu neue Formate entwickelt und die Thematik aktuell auf die neue Situation bezogen. Statt der Live Events an Freitagabenden in der Reihe „freitags bei uns im oberharz“ etwa gab es im Jahr 2020 12 Freitagsrundbriefe. Und so entstand auch dieses Buch.

The question of culture and church, art and religion is taken up from the point of view of different milieus, cultures and religions. How can art and religion enrich each other when it comes to a live and deeds full of sense? In times of corona new formats are developed and the theme is actualized in the light of this new pandemic situation.

Buddhist Responses to Religious Diversity

Buddhist ResponsesBuddhist Responses to Religious Diversity
Theravāda and Tibetan Perspectives

Douglas Duckworth, Abraham Vélez de Cea,  Elizabeth J. Harris (eds.)

Buddhist Responses to Religious Diversity approaches these questions and others from perspectives representing Theravādin and Tibetan traditions of Buddhism.

Buddhist attitudes toward other religious traditions (and its own) are unquestionably diverse, and have undergone changes throughout historical eras and geographic spaces, as Buddhists, and traditions Buddhists have encountered, continue to change (after all, all conditioned things are impermanent). The present time is a particularly dynamic moment to take stock of Buddhist attitudes toward religious others, as Buddhist identities are being renegotiated in unprecedented ways in our increasingly globalized age.

La filosofía japonesa en sus textos

BousoLa filosofía japonesa en sus textos

Raquel Bouso

Esta obra pone por primera vez al alcance del lector hispanohablante las principales fuentes textuales de la filosofía japonesa, presentadas tanto diacrónicamente por tradiciones (budistas, sintoístas, confucianas, filosofía académica moderna) como temáticamente (cultura e identidad, filósofas, pensamiento samurái, bioética).

This work puts the main textual sources of Japanese philosophy within the reach of the Spanish-speaking reader for the first time, presented both diachronically by traditions (Buddhist, Shinto, Confucian, modern academic philosophy) and thematically (culture and identity, philosophers, samurai thought, bioethics) .

To See a World in a Flower

PerryTo See a World in a Flower一花一世界:分形理论视角下的佛耶对话
A Fractal Interpretation of the Relation between Buddhism and Christianity

Perry Schmidt-Leukel

Beijing: Zong jiao wen hua chu ban she (Religious Culture Publishing House) 2020

Religious Studies scholar and theologian Perry Schmidt-Leukel’s theory that religious diversity displays fractal patterns is at the center of his recent book “To See a World in a Flower”. The book exemplifies the theory by an analysis of the typological differences between Buddhism and Christianity. It is based on five lectures which Schmidt-Leukel held in Beijing in 2017 on the invitation of the Minzu University. The book, published in Beijing, contains the lectures in English and in Chinese translation.

Huit jésuites à la rencontre des religions de l’Asie

ScheuerHuit jésuites à la rencontre des religions de l’Asie
Itinéraires XVIe–XXIe siècles

Jacques Scheuer

8 portraits, 8 parcours : Alessandro Valignano, Matteo Ricci, Roberto de Nobili, Ippolito Desideri, Pierre Johanns, Yves Raguin, Kakichi Kadowaki, Aloysius Pieris. Ces portraits, ces parcours mettent en lumière ce que chacun de ces personnages doit à l’esprit de son temps, mais aussi l’originalité, l’audace et l’inventivité avec lesquelles il s’est frayé des voies nouvelles dans la rencontre des univers spirituels de l’Asie du Sud et de l’Extrême-Orient.

Buddha Mind – Christ Mind. A Christian Commentary on the Bodhicaryāvatāra

BuchBuddha Mind – Christ Mind. A Christian Commentary on the Bodhicaryāvatāra

Perry Schmidt-Leukel.

Leuven: Peeters 2019  (Christian Commentaries on Non-Christian Sacred Texts, vol. 9).

After many commentaries by Buddhist scholars throughout the centuries, this is the first commentary from a Christian perspective, exploring the deep resonances between the “spirit of awakening” and the “spirit of Christ”.

Navigation - Spirituelle Identität in einer interreligiösen Welt.

Spirituelle Identität in einer interreligiösen Welt. Fallstudien aus München, Vilnius, Seoul und New York

Martin Rötting

Wie entsteht spirituelle Identität in einer globalisierten und damit interreligiösen Welt? Was bedeuten die Veränderungen für Individuen wie für religiöse Organisationen? Diese Frage verfolgt die empirische Studie durch Feldforschung in vier kulturell und religiös unterschiedlichen Metropolen: München, Seoul, Vilnius und New York. Ein Ergebnis ist dabei: Spirituelle Identität ist Lebens-Weg-Navigation.

Spiritualität der Zukunft

zukunftSpiritualität der Zukunft

Martin Rötting (ed.) - Christian Hackbarth-Johnson (ed.)

Studien zeigen, dass die Grenzen zwischen kirchlicher und religiös ungebundener oder gar säkularer Spiritualität höchst fließend geworden sind und dass sehr individuelle Übernahmen oder Mischungen aus verschiedenen spirituellen Traditionen entstanden sind und entstehen.

Der eine gott und die anderen Götter

Der eine GottDer eine Gott und die anderen Götter
Eine historische und systematische Einführung in Religionstheologien der Ökumene.
(The one God and the other deities – An historical and systematic introduction to theologies of religions of the ecumene)

Dr. Martin Repp

The main thesis of this book is that theologies of religion dominating the contemporary discussion, such as exclusivism, inclusivism and pluralism, fail to maintain the tension between cosmology (creation theology) and soteriology (e.g. Christology) which constitute the two fundamental pillars of the Christian faith.

Religion, Space and Conflict in Sri Lanka

Religion Space ConflictReligion, Space and Conflict in Sri Lanka: Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts.

Elizabeth J. Harris

This study uses the lens of space to examine inter-religious and inter-communal conflict in colonial and postcolonial Sri Lanka, demonstrating that colonial patterns of interaction can throw light on the post-colonial, particularly on post-war developments in the north and east of the country, when Buddhist symbolism was developed in the largely non-Buddhist former war zones. Within the 'colonial' part of the book, particular emphasis is given to the impact of the building of Christian schools and churches in predominantly Buddhist space, and British development of the Buddhist ancient city of Anuradhapura. 

Die Religionen in der globalen Zivilgesellschaft

MayDie Religionen in der globalen Zivilgesellschaft
Eine Asien-Pazifik-Perspektive

John D'Arcy May

Die Rettung der Demokratie im asiatischpazifischen Raum bedarf einer globalen Zivilgesellschaft, die den Globalisierungsprozess in gemeinsamer ethischer Verantwortung gestaltet, die Unterdrückungsmaßnahmen autoritärer Regierungen unterläuft und sich so als Forum internationaler Meinungsbildung und politischen Engagements behauptet.

Buddhist and Christian Attitudes to Religious Diversity

AttitudesBuddhist and Christian Attitudes to Religious Diversity

Perry Schmidt-Leukel, Hans-Peter Großhans, Samuel Ngun Ling (eds.)
Yangon: Ling’s Family Publications 2017, 350 pages, ISBN 978-99971-0-269-0

The attitudes of Christians and Theravāda Buddhists toward religious diversity are at the center of a new publication jointly edited by Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel, Professor of Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology, and Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Großhans, Professor of Systematic Theology, from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, together with Dr. Samuel Ngun Ling, Principal of the “Myanmar Institute of Theology” in Yangon, Myanmar. “Buddhist and Christian Attitudes to Religious Diversity” has been published in February 2017 with Ling’s Family Publications in Yangon, Myanmar. “The contributions to this book inquire about the possibility to overcome such perceptions of other religions, and of religious diversity as such, which imply contempt and disdain toward other faiths,” says Professor Schmidt-Leukel. “In South Asia, this issue is currently not only getting momentum, it is becoming explosive.”

God Beyond Boundaries: A Christian and Pluralist Theology of Religions

BoundariesGod Beyond Boundaries: A Christian and Pluralist Theology of Religions

Perry Schmidt-Leukel

“God Beyond Boundaries”, written by the Religious Studies Scholar and Theologian Perry Schmidt-Leukel of the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”, deals with the essential features and benefits of a pluralist approach in the theology of religions.


It is the English translation of his book “Gott ohne Grenzen” (first published in 2005)

Religious Pluralism and Interreligious Theology - The Gifford Lectures

LeukelReligious Pluralism and Interreligious Theology - The Gifford Lectures

Perry Schmidt-Leukel

Interreligious dialogue has encouraged many theologians in all major religious traditions to consider whether other religions may offer a different but nevertheless genuine and valid path of salvation or liberation. Perry Schmidt- Leukel, in this extended version of his 2015 Gifford Lectures, argues that this position—often called "religious pluralism"—must be developed within particular insights supplied by each of the major traditions.

WahrheitThe German edition appears under the title "Wahrheit in Vielfalt"