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The Paradoxical Place of the Self: Augustine and Zhi Yi on the Question of the Self and World Experience and the Revelatory Power of Self-Inspection

The Paradoxical Place of the Self: Augustine and Zhi Yi on the Question of the Self and World... : Augustine and Zhi Yi on the Question of the Self and World Experience and the Revelatory Power of Self-Inspection Eun Young Hwang The question of selfhood is often the question of what it is that asks this question in a momentary or in an enduring way throughout one’s life. It is an important issue that has drawn serious attentions from various religious thinkers. How would a Christian thinker share similar ideas of selfhood with a Buddhist thinker, when the one is committed to the soul’s pilgrimage to eternity while the other certain of the self’s most transient experience passing into non-self as the full actualization of Buddha-nature? I will address this question by focusing on some prominent thinkers in their respective traditions, Augustine of Hippo (354–430) and Tiantai Zhi Yi (538–597). I will engage with a comparative study on Augustine and Zhi Yi by focusing on their views of selfhood and world-experience in relation to some revelatory power accessible to self-inspection. Why Augustine and Zhi Yi? The question of selfhood has been a crucial issue throughout the history of Buddhist-Christian dialogues. In that respect, it is prudent to delimit the scope of attention to a dialogue between http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

The Paradoxical Place of the Self: Augustine and Zhi Yi on the Question of the Self and World Experience and the Revelatory Power of Self-Inspection

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 37 – Oct 28, 2017

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: Augustine and Zhi Yi on the Question of the Self and World Experience and the Revelatory Power of Self-Inspection Eun Young Hwang The question of selfhood is often the question of what it is that asks this question in a momentary or in an enduring way throughout one’s life. It is an important issue that has drawn serious attentions from various religious thinkers. How would a Christian thinker share similar ideas of selfhood with a Buddhist thinker, when the one is committed to the soul’s pilgrimage to eternity while the other certain of the self’s most transient experience passing into non-self as the full actualization of Buddha-nature? I will address this question by focusing on some prominent thinkers in their respective traditions, Augustine of Hippo (354–430) and Tiantai Zhi Yi (538–597). I will engage with a comparative study on Augustine and Zhi Yi by focusing on their views of selfhood and world-experience in relation to some revelatory power accessible to self-inspection. Why Augustine and Zhi Yi? The question of selfhood has been a crucial issue throughout the history of Buddhist-Christian dialogues. In that respect, it is prudent to delimit the scope of attention to a dialogue between

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Buddhist-Christian StudiesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 28, 2017

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