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A New Direction for Comparative Studies of Buddhists and Christians: Evidence from Nagarjuna and John of the Cross

A New Direction for Comparative Studies of Buddhists and Christians: Evidence from Nagarjuna and... COMPARATIVE ETHICS A New Direction for Comparative Studies of Buddhists and Christians: Evidence from Nägärjuna and John of the Cross Abraham Vélez de Cea Eastern Kentucky University Is Nägärjuna's emptiness a means to point out the inadequacy of logic and concepts to express the nature of the Ultimate Reality? Similarly, are John of the Cross's concepts of nothingness and emptiness examples of the apophatic path to God? In sum, is emptiness in Nägärjuna and John of the Cross comparable to the Christian via negativa and the apophatic path to God? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I believe you might be interested in reading this article carefully. You are not alone; in fact most if not all previous discussions of Nägärjuna and John of the Cross in the field of Buddhist-Christian studies have assumed an affirmative answer to the former questions. The comparisons of D. T. Suzuki, Thomas Merton, and the Kyoto school between the Christian God and Buddhist emptiness, as well as the comparisons of members of the Masao Abe­John Cobb group, have greatly contributed to this apophatic interpretation of emptiness. The enormous contributions of D. T. Suzuki, Thomas Merton, the Kyoto school, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

A New Direction for Comparative Studies of Buddhists and Christians: Evidence from Nagarjuna and John of the Cross

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 26 (1) – Nov 6, 2006

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COMPARATIVE ETHICS A New Direction for Comparative Studies of Buddhists and Christians: Evidence from Nägärjuna and John of the Cross Abraham Vélez de Cea Eastern Kentucky University Is Nägärjuna's emptiness a means to point out the inadequacy of logic and concepts to express the nature of the Ultimate Reality? Similarly, are John of the Cross's concepts of nothingness and emptiness examples of the apophatic path to God? In sum, is emptiness in Nägärjuna and John of the Cross comparable to the Christian via negativa and the apophatic path to God? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I believe you might be interested in reading this article carefully. You are not alone; in fact most if not all previous discussions of Nägärjuna and John of the Cross in the field of Buddhist-Christian studies have assumed an affirmative answer to the former questions. The comparisons of D. T. Suzuki, Thomas Merton, and the Kyoto school between the Christian God and Buddhist emptiness, as well as the comparisons of members of the Masao Abe­John Cobb group, have greatly contributed to this apophatic interpretation of emptiness. The enormous contributions of D. T. Suzuki, Thomas Merton, the Kyoto school, and

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Published: Nov 6, 2006

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