Beside Still Waters: Jews, Christians, and the Way of the Buddha

Beside Still Waters Jews Christians and the Way of the Buddha A compelling question for people of faith today is how to remain committed to one s own religious tradition while being open to the beauty and truth of other religions For example some fear that Budd

  • Title: Beside Still Waters: Jews, Christians, and the Way of the Buddha
  • Author: Harold Kasimow Keenan P. John Linda Klepinger Keenan Jack Miles
  • ISBN: 9780861719037
  • Page: 481
  • Format: ebook
  • A compelling question for people of faith today is how to remain committed to one s own religious tradition while being open to the beauty and truth of other religions For example, some fear that Buddhism is a threat to Western faith traditions and express grave doubts about interreligious and cross cultural encounters Yet, many who have actually broadened their experienA compelling question for people of faith today is how to remain committed to one s own religious tradition while being open to the beauty and truth of other religions For example, some fear that Buddhism is a threat to Western faith traditions and express grave doubts about interreligious and cross cultural encounters Yet, many who have actually broadened their experience profess to have developed a deeper understanding of and a deeper commitment to their tradition of origin This is what makes Beside Still Waters Jews, Christians, and the Way of the Buddha such a new and meaningful contribution Rather than offering research or lectures, Beside Still Waters takes a deeply personal approach, allowing the reader to delve into the individual experiences of fourteen Jews and Christians whose encounters with Buddhism have truly impacted their sense of religious identity As Jack Miles, author of God A Biography, says in the book s foreword, The Buddhist presence in the religious world is far larger than a head count of Buddhists can reveal Beside Still Waters upholds this point by way of the diverse and eloquent authors who lend their perspective in its pages these include Sylvia Boorstein, John B Cobb, Norman Fischer, Ruben Habito, and other important members of the Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and scholarly communities Their collected anecdotes and interviews amount to an unprecedented and enduring work, sure to deepen our ability to understand each other, and therefore, ourselves.

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