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Listening to Shin Buddhism: Starting Points of Modern Dialogue
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In the early twentieth century The Eastern Buddhist not only shared in pioneering presentations of Buddhism to the west but invited interaction with non-Japanese authors. This interactive process increased dramatically in the post-war period, when dialogue between Buddhist and Christian thought began to take off in earnest. Significant here was the philosophical Buddhism of the frequently cited Kyoto School, a tradition of thought and teaching named after Kyoto University where it was largely based. At the same time these debates and dialogues brought in not only Zen voices but also thinkers from the Shin Buddhist tradition. Both of these orientations are reflected here. While the contributions stem mainly from the fifties, sixties and seventies, they have significantly influenced subsequent Buddhist-Christian dialogue. It was still a time of exciting mutual discovery. Anybody wishing to enter into this process of dialogue and exchange will therefore find it of great interest and value to approach it by considering the ideas and insights presented here.

Because of the wealth of materials the selection has been spread across two volumes in the series Eastern Buddhist Voices and the present volume includes contributions from the earlier part of the period (Interactions with Japanese Buddhism includes contributions from the later part).

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsBuddhismBuddhist life & practiceReligion & BeliefsBuddhismBuddhist worship, rites & ceremonies Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd Publication Date: 23/02/2012 ISBN-13: 9781908049179  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Michael Pye was Professor of Religionswissenschaft at Marburg University in Germany until his formal retirement in 2004, and since then he has been a visiting professor at Otani University in Kyoto. For many years he was the General Secretary and then the President (1995-2000) of the International Association for the History of Religions. His writings have ranged widely over the methodology of the study of religions, studies in Buddhist thought and many aspects of contemporary Japanese religion. Major publications include Skilful Means, A Concept in Mahayana Buddhism (1978; 2nd ed. 2003) and Emerging from Meditation (Translations from Tominaga Nakamoto) (1990). He is the editor of Beyond Meditation: Expressions of Japanese Shin Buddhist Spirituality (2011).

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