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Review Essay: Buddhists Talk about Jesus, Christians Talk about the Buddha

Review Essay: Buddhists Talk about Jesus, Christians Talk about the Buddha BCS 21 pp. i-viii, 1-164 12/5/01 6:24 PM Page 75 ESSAYS Review Essay: Buddhists Talk about Jesus, Christians Talk about the Buddha Edited by Rita Gross and Terry Muck. New York: Continuum, 2000. Paul O. Ingram Pacific Lutheran University Buddhists have been talking about Jesus and Christians have been talking about the Buddha from the earliest times of Buddhist-Christian encounter in the first century. My educated guess is that until 1980, most of the talk was monological rather than dialogical for cultural and historical reasons peculiar to both traditions. But after the first “East-West Religions in Encounter” meeting, organized by David Chappell in the summer of 1980 at the University of Hawai‘i, the nature of Buddhist-Christian conversation changed from a monologue to a systematic twenty-year dialogue. The initial “East-West Religions in Encounter” conference has now evolved into the Soci- ety for Buddhist-Christian Studies. The publication in the society’s journal, Buddhist- Christian Studies, of a series of essays and responses edited by the journal’s coeditors, Rita M. Gross and Terry C. Muck, entitled “Jesus Christ Through Buddhist Eyes and Gautama the Buddha Through Christian Eyes” is evidence of just how far Buddhist- Christian dialogue has evolved since 1980. These same http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

Review Essay: Buddhists Talk about Jesus, Christians Talk about the Buddha

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 21 – Jan 1, 2001

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BCS 21 pp. i-viii, 1-164 12/5/01 6:24 PM Page 75 ESSAYS Review Essay: Buddhists Talk about Jesus, Christians Talk about the Buddha Edited by Rita Gross and Terry Muck. New York: Continuum, 2000. Paul O. Ingram Pacific Lutheran University Buddhists have been talking about Jesus and Christians have been talking about the Buddha from the earliest times of Buddhist-Christian encounter in the first century. My educated guess is that until 1980, most of the talk was monological rather than dialogical for cultural and historical reasons peculiar to both traditions. But after the first “East-West Religions in Encounter” meeting, organized by David Chappell in the summer of 1980 at the University of Hawai‘i, the nature of Buddhist-Christian conversation changed from a monologue to a systematic twenty-year dialogue. The initial “East-West Religions in Encounter” conference has now evolved into the Soci- ety for Buddhist-Christian Studies. The publication in the society’s journal, Buddhist- Christian Studies, of a series of essays and responses edited by the journal’s coeditors, Rita M. Gross and Terry C. Muck, entitled “Jesus Christ Through Buddhist Eyes and Gautama the Buddha Through Christian Eyes” is evidence of just how far Buddhist- Christian dialogue has evolved since 1980. These same

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