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Dialogues at One Inch above the Ground: Reclamations of Belief in an Interreligious Age (review)

Dialogues at One Inch above the Ground: Reclamations of Belief in an Interreligious Age (review) BOOK REVIEWS DIALOGUES AT ONE INCH ABOVE THE GROUND: RECLAMATIONS OF BELIEF IN AN INTERRELIGIOUS AGE. By James W. Heisig. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 2003. 215 pp. Few scholars are better prepared than James W. Heisig to write about the current state of Buddhist-Christian dialogue, and few have written more insightfully about the historical, theological, religious, and spiritual factors that have made BuddhistChristian dialogue so intriguing for the last four decades. Heisig is the director of the Nanzan Institute, one of the premier institutions in the world dedicated to cultivating dialogue primarily between Christians and Buddhists, but also with people of other traditions and no religious belief at all. The title of the book is taken from the writings of the famous medieval poet Saigyö, who said that he tried to live at "one inch above the ground." Heisig follows Saigyö's advice by focusing many of his articles on themes such as health and ecology rather than abstruse metaphysical discussions of the intricacies of Buddhist and Christian doctrines, although, as one would expect, he shows a deft hand at explaining the philosophical and theological dimensions of living life at one inch above the ground. The opening two http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

Dialogues at One Inch above the Ground: Reclamations of Belief in an Interreligious Age (review)

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

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BOOK REVIEWS DIALOGUES AT ONE INCH ABOVE THE GROUND: RECLAMATIONS OF BELIEF IN AN INTERRELIGIOUS AGE. By James W. Heisig. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 2003. 215 pp. Few scholars are better prepared than James W. Heisig to write about the current state of Buddhist-Christian dialogue, and few have written more insightfully about the historical, theological, religious, and spiritual factors that have made BuddhistChristian dialogue so intriguing for the last four decades. Heisig is the director of the Nanzan Institute, one of the premier institutions in the world dedicated to cultivating dialogue primarily between Christians and Buddhists, but also with people of other traditions and no religious belief at all. The title of the book is taken from the writings of the famous medieval poet Saigyö, who said that he tried to live at "one inch above the ground." Heisig follows Saigyö's advice by focusing many of his articles on themes such as health and ecology rather than abstruse metaphysical discussions of the intricacies of Buddhist and Christian doctrines, although, as one would expect, he shows a deft hand at explaining the philosophical and theological dimensions of living life at one inch above the ground. The opening two

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