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The 2004 Gerald Weisfeld Lectures: Buddhism and Christianity in Dialogue

The 2004 Gerald Weisfeld Lectures: Buddhism and Christianity in Dialogue NEWS AND VIEWS Perry Schmidt-Leukel Glasgow University In May 2004 the Centre for Inter-Faith Studies (University of Glasgow) sponsored the second series of Gerald Weisfeld Lectures, titled "Buddhism and Christianity in Dialogue." The lectures were part of the events leading up to the Dalai Lama's visit to Scotland at the end of May 2004. Over four weeks there were two lectures each week, one read by a Christian and one by a Buddhist--both of them speaking on the same topic and both of them speaking comparatively, but from the background of their own tradition. The theme of week 1 was "Human Existence in Buddhism and Christianity"-- the Christian speaker being Elizabeth Harris of London; the Buddhist speaker being Kiyoshi Tsuchiya, who teaches at Glasgow University. Harris pointed out that in their analysis of the human condition, Buddhism and Christianity show serious commonalities. For both traditions, human existence is ambivalent: on the one hand deeply permeated by the roots of evil (craving and ignorance according to Buddhism; sin according to Christianity), and on the other hand human (existence also offers a way out: there is the possibility of salvation or liberation). However, said Harris, Buddhism and Christianity "converge and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

The 2004 Gerald Weisfeld Lectures: Buddhism and Christianity in Dialogue

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 25 (1) – Oct 10, 2005

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NEWS AND VIEWS Perry Schmidt-Leukel Glasgow University In May 2004 the Centre for Inter-Faith Studies (University of Glasgow) sponsored the second series of Gerald Weisfeld Lectures, titled "Buddhism and Christianity in Dialogue." The lectures were part of the events leading up to the Dalai Lama's visit to Scotland at the end of May 2004. Over four weeks there were two lectures each week, one read by a Christian and one by a Buddhist--both of them speaking on the same topic and both of them speaking comparatively, but from the background of their own tradition. The theme of week 1 was "Human Existence in Buddhism and Christianity"-- the Christian speaker being Elizabeth Harris of London; the Buddhist speaker being Kiyoshi Tsuchiya, who teaches at Glasgow University. Harris pointed out that in their analysis of the human condition, Buddhism and Christianity show serious commonalities. For both traditions, human existence is ambivalent: on the one hand deeply permeated by the roots of evil (craving and ignorance according to Buddhism; sin according to Christianity), and on the other hand human (existence also offers a way out: there is the possibility of salvation or liberation). However, said Harris, Buddhism and Christianity "converge and

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Buddhist-Christian StudiesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 10, 2005

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