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Figure 2. Bhavacakra, painting on cloth; Nepal, nineteenth to twentieth century. From Massimiliano Alessandro Polichetti’s article The Sorrowful Fates of Rebirth: Ippolito Desideri Encounters Tibetan Sacred Art.
“[T]he bhavacakra (a kind of mental map of the concepts placed at the basis of Buddhist psycho-cosmology, made graphic with small images set in place in a circular manner that represents the “wheel of rebirths”) is set against the “world of becoming,” samsāra devoured by forgetfulness, represented by Yama, the god of the dead in Buddhist cosmology, who holds all within his jowls as a sign of immanent sorrow.”
From the Editors’ Introduction:
October 14–15, 2017, the city of Pistoia in Tuscany hosted an international symposium to honor the legacy of Fr. Ippolito Desideri (1684–1733), the first Jesuit missionary to Tibet who engaged in sustained interreligious dialogue with local Buddhists and whose extraordinary command of the local language even enabled him to author Christian theological treatises in Classical Tibetan.
A scholarly journal devoted to Buddhism and Christianity and their historical and contemporary interrelationships, Buddhist-Christian Studies presents thoughtful articles, conference reports, and book reviews. It also includes sections on comparative methodology and historical comparisons, as well as ongoing discussions from two dialogue conferences: the Theological Encounter with Buddhism, and the Japan Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies.
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The Journal of Korean Religions is the only English-language academic journal dedicated to the study of Korean religions. It aims to stimulate interest in and research on Korean religions across a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Launched in 2010 by the Institute for the Study of Religion at Sogang University in Korea, it is peer-reviewed and published twice yearly, in April and October.
Promoting academic literacy on non-Western traditions of philosophy, Philosophy East and West has for over half a century published the highest-quality scholarship that locates these cultures in their relationship to Anglo-American philosophy. Philosophy defined in its relationship to cultural traditions broadly integrates the professional discipline with literature, science, and social practices. Each issue includes debates on issues of contemporary concern and critical reviews of the most recent publications.
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Buddhist-Christian Studies is one of four society journals currently published by University of Hawai`i Press. The journal started here in Honolulu as the product of the 1980 East-West Religions Project conference titled “A Buddhist-Christian Conference on the Future of Humanity,” and it was first edited by UH professor emeritus David W. Chappell. We asked current co-editors Thomas Cattoi and Carol Anderson to share more about the society and the journal’s focus.
First, what is the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies?
The Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies was founded in 1987 in order to continue interactions between Buddhist and Christian scholars and practitioners that began at several large international meetings in the early 1980s. In 1980 and again in 1984 two major international conferences were held at the University of Hawai’i, which led to the establishment of the “Cobb-Abe International Theological Encounter.” The latter was founded by process theologian John B. Cobb, Jr., and Kyoto-school philosopher Masao Abe; for the following twenty years (1984-2004), the Cobb-Abe group continued to meet every eighteen months to discuss issues connected with Buddhist-Christian dialogue.
In 1987, another large international conference on Buddhist-Christian interchange was held at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. At that meeting, a small group of scholars and practitioners decided to establish a society that could meet annually in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion (AAR). This led to the birth of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies. The Society is independent of the AAR and controls its own program, rather than being a section of the AAR. Most members are scholars and graduate students in the field of Buddhist-Christian studies, but membership is open to all.
Has Buddhist-Christian Studies changed over the years?
The first issue of the journal was published in 1981. Its content and orientation reflects the evolution of the field over the last few decades, which was influenced by the quick expansion of Buddhist and Asian studies in English-language universities, as well as the growing interest in interreligious dialogue in different Christian communities.
What makes a good interreligious dialogue?
This is an interesting question! Every person engaged in interreligious dialogue will give you a different answer. For me (Cattoi), interreligious dialogue requires the ability to be conversant in two different religious traditions, remaining grounded in one’s own while also engaging the other with integrity. This means that one should be open to points of contact between two traditions, while also acknowledging the presence of irreducible differences.
This is Part 5 in a series of University of Hawai`i Press blog posts celebrating University Press Week and highlighting scholarship published by UH Press journals in the past year. Read our introductory blog post here. Our hope is that this series will shed new light on how UH Press “sells the facts,” so to speak, and the value our 24 journals bring to our very existence. Links to each journal and article are provided below.*
Religion and Politics
Context: A sign of the times: Volume 37 of Buddhist-Christian Studies includes a special section of four articles where theologians attempt to answer these questions: What is Wrong With Us? What is Wrong With the World?
Context: In the first peer-reviewed Hawaiian language journal to be published exclusively online, Palapala editor and author Jeffrey “Kapali” Lyon shares the history behind the making of the Hawaiian Bible, the largest single volume ever printed in the Hawaiian language.
Context: How long can a religious figure shape the cultural landscape of a nation? In the case of Wŏnhyo 元曉, we can confidently say 1,400 years. The editors of the Journal of Korean Religions curated a special issue showing how the Korean Buddhist scholar’s writings “continue to inspire the current generation of intellectuals in Korea, Asia, and the West.”
Context: Philosophy East and West Volume 67 tackles issues around the long-standing tendency of Western philosophers to reject the legitimacy of Chinese, Indian and Japanese philosophy.
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Accompanying volume 37 of Buddhist-Christian Studies is a free online interview with the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies Frederick J. Streng Award winner:
- Read about the award-winning book, The Prophet and the Bodhisattva
- Read the editor’s interview with the author, Charles R. Strain, available exclusively on Project MUSE
This issue also opens with a section of four articles, calling upon Buddhist and Christian scholars to answer, “What Is Wrong with Us? What Is Wrong with the World?” An excerpt from the introduction:
Christianity and Buddhism, in diverse ways, assert a fundamental flaw in the human condition expressed by terms like “sin” or “delusion”—a flaw that we are largely unconscious of, which prevents us from noticing the extent to which we ourselves as individuals and societies contribute to the harms we see around us. In what ways are Christian or Buddhist diagnoses of a basic human flaw critical for understanding the causality of current world problems, such as growing social and economic inequalities, religious animosities, racism, environmental degradation, and violence? Can any of these problems be addressed without adequate consideration of such traditional diagnoses? If not, what specific Christian or Buddhist understandings of the human condition need to be raised up today to shed light on such problems? How might Buddhist and Christian perspectives challenge or complement each other? And how might these traditional perspectives on the human condition undergo reinterpretation when relating them to current problems?
The following sections of articles also appear in volume 37 (2017):
- Thomas Merton and Interreligious Dialogue (5 articles)
- Conversations Across Interreligious Boundaries: Spirituality, Theology, and Interculturation (7 articles)
- Engaged Buddhism and Christianity (2 articles)
Plus society News and Reviews and Book Reviews.
About the Journal
Buddhist-Christian Studies is a scholarly journal published annually by University of Hawai‘i Press. It presents research papers, book reviews, and news items on Buddhism and Christianity, their interrelation, and comparative study based on historical materials and contemporary experience.
The materials selected for publication will be balanced between historical research and contemporary practice, and, where possible, they should employ analytical and theoretical tools and be set within the framework of our shared human history. More information is available at the journal’s website.
UH Press will have Asian studies books from our latest catalogs on display, as well as copies of the following journals:
- Asian Perspectives Volume 55, Issue 1
- Asian Theatre Journal Volume 33, Issue 2
- Azalea Volume 9
- Buddhist-Christian Studies Volume 36
- China Review International Volume 21, Issue 2
- Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review Volume 5, Issue 2 (see also booth 603)
- Journal of Korean Religions Volume 7, Issue 2
- Korean Studies Volume 40
- MĀNOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing Volume 28, Issue 2 (Red Peonies: Two Novellas of China)
- Philosophy East and West Volume 66, Issue 4
- Review of Japanese Culture and Society Volume 27
- U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal Volume 50
We’re also proud to debut three online-only journals at AAS 2017:
Stop by and say hello as you browse through our display copies and catalogs. You may also pick up an order form at our booth or place your orders online at www.uhpress.hawaii.edu.
We look forward to seeing you in cold, snowy Toronto!
The latest issue of this annual journal devoted to Buddhism and Christianity and their historical and contemporary interrelationships feature the following peer-reviewed works:
- In the Company of Friends: Womanist Readings of Buddhist Poems
by Melanie L. Harris
- Freedom on My Mind: Buddhist-Womanist Dialogue
by Keri Day
- Practice in Buddhist-Womanist Thought
by Carolyn M. Jones Medine
- Womanist Approaches to the Therīgathā and the Therīgathā’s Influence on Womanism
by Linda E. Thomas
- Wombu: An Intellectual Exercise in Womanist and Buddhist Reading
by Tracey Elaine Hucks
Buddhist-Christian Dialogue: Moving Forward
Thomas Cattoi and Carol Anderson, vii
Multiple Religious Belonging
Reflections on Jewish and Christian Encounters with Buddhism
Harold Kasimow, 21
Buddhist-Christian Dialogue: Moving Forward
Thomas Cattoi and Carol S. Anderson, vii
“Fifteen years into the twenty-first century and thirty-four years after the publication of its first issue, where does this transformed academic and cultural landscape leave a journal like Buddhist-Christian Studies? The dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity is now an integral part of the broad academic conversation in the fields of interreligious studies and comparative theology, as attested by the ongoing popularity and a growing number of interest groups at professional organizations such as the American Academy of Religion or the Catholic Theological Society of America. The Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies in North America and the European Network of Buddhist Christian Studies in Europe continue to foster academic conversation and exchange, and, as attested by this year’s News and Views section, the emergence of religious studies and interreligious dialogue in the Chinese academic world appears to be a promising development. Indeed, not only does the conversation take place at a speculative or theoretical level, but in an international context simultaneously marked by increasing secularism and religious violence, Buddhism and Christianity also offer a locus of resistance to a world where economic instability and intensifying climate change contribute to what is a de facto globalization of insecurity. At the same time, recent work in postcolonial approaches to the comparative study of religion has begun to impact religious dialogue by drawing attention to the history of the terms and assumptions that frame our questions. The journal hopes to continue to play an important role in bringing together some of the more important voices and contributions to this ongoing conversation and sharing them with the broader academic community.”
Rita M. Gross, Terry C. Muck
The Suffering of Economic Injustice
The Suffering of Economic Injustice: A Christian Perspective
Ulrich Duchrow, 27
EDITORS’ INTRODUCTION by Wakoh Shannon Hickey and C. Denise Yarbrough vii
The Contemplative Classroom, or Learning by Heart in the Age of Google
Barbara Newman, 1
The Eternal Present: Slow Knowledge and the Renewal of Time
Douglas E. Christie, 13
Contemplative Studies and the Liberal Arts
Andrew O. Fort, 23