BUDDHIST-CHRISTIAN STUDIES religious studies. For classroom use, it would require a dedicated student body and a dedicated teacher, in part because its repetitiveness becomes frustrating. For someone seeking something of an insider's experience and understanding of Japanese religious culture, this book could be very helpful. Rita M. Gross University of WisconsinEau Claire BUDDHIST ATTITUDES TO OTHER RELIGIONS. Edited by Perry SchmidtLeukel. St. Ottilien, Germany: EOS-Verlag, 2008. 299 pp. For many Christians, Buddhism is something akin to a puppy: very appealing, very approachable, and very nonthreatening. And why not? Buddhism is tolerant, open, and peaceful, and one can easily and smoothly incorporate Buddhist practices--specifically mindfulness and meditation--into one's own Christian practice without the slightest hitch or bump. At least, that is the story many Christians tell themselves. In light of this unhelpful, patronizing attitude, Buddhist Attitudes to Other Religions comes as a welcome corrective, offering nuance, complexity and diversity among Buddhist perspectives on interreligious engagement. Buddhist Attitudes to Other Religions is a collected volume of essays, almost all of which were modified from papers delivered at a conference in 2007. This means that the book is directed primarily at other scholars, specifically those working in the field of interreligious
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