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The European Network of Buddhist Christian Studies was established 1996 in Hamburg at the Academy of Mission, University of Hamburg. At that time its title was “European Network for Christian Studies of Buddhism”. At the conference of 1997, which was held at the Benedictine Archabbey of St. Ottilien near Munich, the name was changed to the “European Network of Buddhist Christian Studies” so that both Buddhists and Christians could be involved on an equal footing. The administrative home of the Network also changed to the Archabbey of St. Ottilien. The Network is an association of scholars in Europe involved in Buddhist-Christian Studies. Its main activity is to hold a bi-annual international conference on a theme important to Buddhist-Christian studies.


 

Aasulv Lande, 1937-2019
An Orbituary by Kajsa Ahlstrand

Professor Aasulv Lande was an inspiring teacher and scholar in the field of Buddhist-Christian dialogue and it is with sadness that ENBCS has been informed that he passed away on July 8th this year. He will be buried from Bygland Church in Setesdal, southern Norway, on July 18th, at 13.00.
Aasulv Lande served as a missionary in Japan from 1965 to 1980, then he taught Japanese studies at the University of Oslo till 1990, mission and dialogue at Selly Oak Colleges in Birmingham from 1990 to 1994, and mission studies and ecumenics at Lund University from 1994 to 2005.

With his many years in Japan and his deep understanding of Japanese language and culture, history and religion Aasulv was a respected and valued member of the ENBCS board for many years. From 1997 – 2005 he served as the president of the network. Aasulv introduced many students to Buddhist-Christian dialogue. His extensive list of publications include works on Japanese religions as well as Norwegian folk music. Aasulv Lande was a truly intercultural and very kind person who loved both the Norwegian language and Japanese Buddhist texts, and, most of all, the people he encountered. We who came to know him are enriched by his presence and inspired by his curiosity. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

NEW: The Sermon Delivered during the Service Commemorating the
Birth Centenary of Rev. Dr. Lynn A de Silva at the METHODIST CHURCH (Colombo 6),
on TRINITY SUNDAY (16 June 2019) by Aloysius Pieris, s.j. here.


 

Meditation

in Buddhist-Christian Encounter: A Critical Analysis

Elizabeth. Harrias, John O’Grady

meditationIn the last fifty years, Buddhists and Christians have come together in inter-monastic exchange, joint meditation retreats, dialogues concerning the relationship between meditation and social action, cross-tradition pupil/teacher relationships and joint academic explorations into the parallels between Buddhist and Christian spiritual practice. The practice of meditation has been important in all of these encounters and has become one of the most significant ‘grounds for meeting’ within contemporary Buddhist-Christian relationships. This book critically analyses the role in Buddhist-Christian encounter of the variety of practices embraced by the term ‘meditation’. The contributors use the academic tools of historical inquiry, sociology, cultural studies, philosophy and comparative textual study. The result is an interdisciplinary contribution, which takes the religious experience of those involved in Buddhist-Christian encounter seriously, without reifying it above its cultural and socio-political contexts.

With contributions by: Ursula Baatz, Karl Baier, Thomas Cattoi, Elise DeVido, Sybille Fritsch-Oppermann, Elizabeth Harris, Leo Lefebure, John Makransky, Andreas Nehring, Thao Nyugen, Robert Sharf, Sarah Shaw, Elizabete Taivane, Nicholas Alan Worssam

Elizabeth. Harrias, John O’Grady: Meditation in Buddhist-Christian Encounter: A Critical Analysis, Eos-Edittaions, St. Ottilien, 2019.

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