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Imagining the Ecumenical: A Personal Journey

MayImagining the Ecumenical: A Personal Journey

John D'Arcy May

Starting from the observation that theology is essentially narrative, and assuming that biography is a fundamental theological genre, the book presents a biography of the ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue movements in the form of the autobiography of an 'accidental ecumenist', whose life took him to religious contexts as diverse as Rome, Germany, Papua New Guinea and Ireland. At its centre is the encounter with Theravada and later Mahayana Buddhism and the indigenous traditions of Australia and the Pacific.

Praxisbuch interreligiöser Dialog

prtaxisbuchPraxisbuch interreligiöser Dialog

Martin Rötting (ed.) • Simone Sinn (ed.) • Aykan Inan (ed.)

Interreligiöser Dialog begann mit mutigen Pionieren und ist inzwischen ein Kommunikationsraum, indem viele Menschen unterwegs sind. In Kindergärten, Gemeinden und Schulen, am Arbeitsplatz und in der Arbeit mit Flüchtlingen spielt interreligiöse Begegnung eine alltäglich bedeutsame Rolle.

Thomas Merton - Un veilleur à l'écoute de l'Orient

MertonThomas Merton
Un veilleur à l'écoute de l'Orient

Jacques Scheuer

Les étapes de la découverte par Merton des traditions asiatiques de spiritualité, en particulier le Zen sino-japonais, la sagesse taoïste, le bouddhisme tibétain. On voit ce que, sans romantisme à fleur de peau mais non sans quelque idéalisation, il attendit et reçut d’elles pour stimuler la tradition mystique chrétienne mais aussi pour féconder les valeurs humanistes de l’Occident contemporain. Dans un second temps, sont présentées les interrogations voire les perplexités que cette rencontre suscita chez le croyant et le contemplatif chrétien qu’était Merton

Mining Truths

Mining TruthMining Truths
Festschrift in Honour of Geraldine Smyth OP – Ecumenical Theologian and Peacebuilder.

Geraldine Smyth OP has had – and continues to have – a profound influence on ecumenical dialogue in Ireland and on the conceptual development of Ecumenics as a field of studies. Her work seeks to place theological understandings in service to and in dialogue with other intellectual disciplines in such a way as to benefit human beings. Her response to ‘the troubles’ that have afflicted her native Belfast and Northern Ireland has shown in particular how a focused, open-minded, peace-directed consciousness can be a balm for a troubled society.

Religion and Social Cohesion.

braakReligion and Social Cohesion
Western, Chinese and Intercultural Perspectives

André van der Braak (ed.), Dedong Wei (ed.), Caifang Zhu (ed.)

Both in the West and in China, it is increasingly recognized that religion is not merely an individual matter, but a social force that has an important impact on society. And whereas the focus in the media today is often on the potential negative social impact of religion (the threats of fundamentalism, violence and terrorism), religion has also often been an important factor in the arising of social capital and social cohesion.

Buddhologie und Christologie

MayBuddhologie und Christologie - Unterwegs zu einer kollaborativen Theologie

John D'Arcy May

In the light of increasing co-operation between Buddhists and Christians in areas such as meditation practice and social justice, the book explores the possibility of a theological basis for such co-operation, now that Buddhists too are prepared to use the term 'theology'. Both traditions have erected impressive doctrinal structures over the centuries. The question is whether, over and above dialogical and comparative theology, there could be a genuinely 'collaborative' Buddhist-Christian theology.

L'Inde, entre bouddhisme et hindouisme

scheuerL'Inde, entre bouddhisme et hindouisme
Quinze siècle d'échanges

Jacques Scheuer


Quelles relations unissent hindouisme et bouddhisme ? Celui-ci serait-il né de l'hindouisme, du brahmanisme ancien ? Le bouddhisme est alors présenté comme un mouvement réformateur, un rameau divergent ou encore une hérésie. Il convient toutefois de se rappeler qu'ils ont cohabité au long de quinze siècles en Inde – jusqu’à l'extinction du bouddhisme indien vers le XIIe siècle. La thèse ici défendue est qu'ils se sont engendrés mutuellement. Sans leur longue confrontation traversée d'intenses débats, ni l'un ni l'autre ne seraient ce qu'ils sont aujourd'hui devenus.

Christianity and the Notion of Nothingness

MutoChristianity and the Notion of Nothingness
Contributions to Buddhist-Christian Dialogue from the Kyoto School.

Muto Kazuo (author), Dr Martin Repp (ed.)

This book introduces the thoughts of the Japanese Christian philosopher of religion Muto Kazuo (1913-1995), who was a student of Tanabe Hajime and a colleague and close friend of Nishitani Keiji at Kyoto University, both important representatives of the Kyoto School. Hence he was fully recognized as a Christian member of this predominantly Buddhist school of philosophy.



Raquel Bouso

¿Qué razones explican la fascinación que ejerce el zen en el mundo occidental? ¿Son las mismas que han mantenido viva esta tradición secular en los países asiáticos?

What reasons explain the fascination of Zen in the Western world? Are they the same ones that have kept this secular tradition alive in Asian countries?

Buddhism and Religious Diversity

Perry2012Buddhism and Religious Diversity

Perry Schmidt-Leukel ed.

Perry Schmidt-Leukel ed.

Buddhism is—and has been—as much convinced of its own superiority as any other faith, and has also been involved in various inter-religious tensions and violent conflicts. The ways, however, in which Buddhists have thought about the religious ‘other’, and practically dealt with it, display peculiar features, which do indeed differ profoundly from what we find in the Abrahamic faiths. Yet today, Buddhism must address the question whether it can arrive at a genuine appreciation of religious diversity, and recognize other religions as different but nevertheless equally valid.

Religion in Bewegung

BewegungReligion in Bewegung

Martin Rötting

"Religion in Bewegung" bietet einen Verstehensrahmen interreligiöser Lernprozesse. Grundlage hierfür sind empirische Forschungen des Institutes OCCURSO. Sechs Dialog-Typen werden bestimmt: Spiritueller Pilger, Sozialer Beweger, Religiös-Kultureller Demokrat, Kultur-Harmonisierer, Orthodoxer Adapter und Humanitär-Religiöser. Sie ermöglichen es, gesellschaftliche Herausforderungen und theologische Konsequenzen anzuzeigen.

Mondō to ronsō no bukkyō – Shūkyō-teki komyunikēshon no shatei.

MondoMondō to ronsō no bukkyō – Shūkyō-teki komyunikēshon no shatei.
(Didactic conversations and disputations in Buddhism – The range of religious communications).

Martin Repp, Yoshiyuki Inoue (eds)

This publication derives from an interdisciplinary research project at the Research Center for Buddhist Culture at Ryukoku University (Kyoto) which was organized by the editors.

Nietzsche and Zen

BraakNietzsche and Zen
Self-overcoming without a Self

André van der Braak

Andre Van der Braak's Nietzsche and Zen: Self-overcoming Without a Self is a thoughtful meditation on doing intercultural philosophy in a Nietzschean way. Nietzsche ultimately seeks a 'way-knowing' more similar to Buddhism and Daoism than the truth-seeking of his own philosophical tradition. This book situates Nietzsche in an intercultural context

Un chrétien dans les pas du Bouddha

Un chrétien dans les pas du BouddhaEn douze brefs chapitres, autant d’explorations, selon un mouvement d’aller et de retour, comparable au travail du tisserand qui croise et recroise les fils. À chaque étape, une parole, une parabole, une image ou encore un personnage de la tradition bouddhique convie à la découverte d’une facette de ce monde spirituel.

Le lecteur est alors renvoyé à lui-même : à son identité fragile d’Occidental dans le tourbillon de la modernité ‘avancée’, à sa compréhension toujours inachevée du chemin spirituel tel que le propose la foi chrétienne.

Buddhism for a Violent World: A Christian Reflection

Buddhism for a Violent WorldBuddhism for a Violent World: A Christian Reflection.

Elizabeth J. Harris

Fusing autobiography, conversations with Buddhists and academic research into Buddhism, this book explores what Buddhist thought and practice can offer a fractured world. Elizabeth studied Buddhism for nearly eight years in Sri Lanka during the country's ethnic war and uses this experience to reflect on Buddhism's message in contexts of violence and suffering. In the last chapter, she reflects on Buddhist-Christian mistrust in Sri Lanka and some of the pioneering initiatives by Sri Lankan Christians to change mistrust into trust.

Confluences and Cross-Currents

confluencesConfluences and Cross-Currents
Frontiers of Japanese Philosophy 6

Raquel Bouso (ed.) James Heisig (ed.)

The list of publications having to do with Japanese intellectual history in general and Kyoto School philosophy in particular has grown steadily over the past years, both inside and outside of Japan. This is due in no small part to the important contributions made by those whose papers are included in this volume, the proceedings of an international conference held in June 2009 at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Although much remains to be done if Japanese philosophy is to shed its esoteric and exotic image in order to take its rightful place in the curriculum as one of the many valuable sources of philosophical reflection, the ongoing dialogue among veterans in the field and younger scholars reflected in these pages is as promising as it has ever been.

Transformation by Integration

TransformationTransformation by Integration

Perry Schmidt-Leukel

A growing number of people experience their own spiritual lives as being inspired by more than one religious tradition. Multi-religious identity formation and double-belonging are obvious signs of a process of significant transformation as a result inter-faith encounter - a transformation that had been expected and positively willed by various inter-faith theologians.

Interreligiöse Spiritualität - Verantwortungsbewusster Umgang der Religionen

interreligioesInterreligiöse Spiritualität - Verantwortungsbewusster Umgang der Religionen

Martin Rötting

Eine multireligiöse Welt braucht Menschen, die zu einer Form des Glaubens gefunden haben, die der Pluralität der Religionen gerecht wird. Im vorliegenden Buch werden Impulse zur Spiritualität in unserer Zeit vorgestellt. Dabei geht es um eine Haltung, die mit der Existenz anderer Religionen verantwortungsvoll umgeht.

Ecumenics from the Rim

GradyEcumenics from the Rim
Explorations in Honour of John D’Arcy May.

John O’Grady, Peter Scherle (eds.)

John D'Arcy May's achievements motivate these essays on ecumenics. Amid today's scepticism about the ecumenical movement's relevance, the authors demonstrate the necessity of working together for the betterment of all. This book deepens our understanding of how theology, peace and reconciliation studies and interfaith dialogue critically cooperate for the flourishing of earth's life. The perspective of church unity amid ecclesial division is broadened to embrace interfaith and intercultural issues: ecumenics becomes visible as the intellectual paradigm of our times.