The Other Side of Nothingness: Toward a Theology of Radical Openness (review)

The Other Side of Nothingness: Toward a Theology of Radical Openness (review) BOOK REV IEWS anatta (Skt. anätman) nonself theory of that rebirthing, reincarnating entity: in other words, there is no such entity as soul or self. Regarding rebirth, itself, there is a technical difference which Indologists generally recognize between Theraväda "reincarnation," where nothing substantial but only desire passes from one place to another place, and Mahäyäna "transmigration," where something substantial, complete with memory and consciousness, call it a psychë, ätman, or jïva, does move from one place to another. To this extent Obeyesekere has been speaking about transmigration throughout his book and not reincarnation. Imagining Karma is a challenging and thought-provoking investigation of beliefs and practices concerning rebirth--a topic that has received too little attention from anthropologists and historians. Gananath Obeysekere has created a work that is a classic in comparative studies on this extremely important concept. A. L. Herman University of Wisconsin­Stevens Point notes 1. See A. L. Herman, "Materials for an Analysis of a Just Universe," Asian Philosophy 5, no. 1 (1995). 2. See the Brhadäranyaka Upanisad VI.2.2. THE OTHER SIDE OF NOTHINGNESS: TOWARD A THEOLOGY OF RADICAL OPENNESS. By Beverly J. Lanzetta. Albany: State University of New York, 2001. 182 pp. The central thesis of The http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

The Other Side of Nothingness: Toward a Theology of Radical Openness (review)

Buddhist-Christian Studies, Volume 24 (1) – Jan 10, 2004

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BOOK REV IEWS anatta (Skt. anätman) nonself theory of that rebirthing, reincarnating entity: in other words, there is no such entity as soul or self. Regarding rebirth, itself, there is a technical difference which Indologists generally recognize between Theraväda "reincarnation," where nothing substantial but only desire passes from one place to another place, and Mahäyäna "transmigration," where something substantial, complete with memory and consciousness, call it a psychë, ätman, or jïva, does move from one place to another. To this extent Obeyesekere has been speaking about transmigration throughout his book and not reincarnation. Imagining Karma is a challenging and thought-provoking investigation of beliefs and practices concerning rebirth--a topic that has received too little attention from anthropologists and historians. Gananath Obeysekere has created a work that is a classic in comparative studies on this extremely important concept. A. L. Herman University of Wisconsin­Stevens Point notes 1. See A. L. Herman, "Materials for an Analysis of a Just Universe," Asian Philosophy 5, no. 1 (1995). 2. See the Brhadäranyaka Upanisad VI.2.2. THE OTHER SIDE OF NOTHINGNESS: TOWARD A THEOLOGY OF RADICAL OPENNESS. By Beverly J. Lanzetta. Albany: State University of New York, 2001. 182 pp. The central thesis of The

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