Here we publish upcoming and new books or articles or news on buddhist-christian-dialogue.



buddhamindpsl “Buddha Mind – Christ Mind. A Christian Commentary on the Bodhicaryāvatāra

New book form Prof. Perry Schmidt-Leukel.

Buddha Mind – Christ Mind.

A Christian Commentary on the Bodhicaryāvatāra.

Leuven et al.: Peeters, 2019.


Link to the book launch in Vienna here.









 History as a Challenge to Buddhism and Christianity

Elizabeth Harris (ed.)John O’Grady (ed.)


Would the dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity be changed if both religions seriously engaged with the insights of modern historical consciousness? Could there be greater honesty, openness and humility, or a greater commitment to a reciprocal search for truth, if this was done? This book focusses on five themes central to the issue of ‚history‘ in the two traditions: traditional conceptions of salvation and/or liberation history in Christianity and Buddhism; Jesus and the Buddha: fact and fiction; Buddhist and Christian historiography; ‚Dangerous Memory‘ within the histories of Buddhism and Christianity; Permitting historical consciousness in Buddhism and Christianity.

With contributions by Eve-Marie Becker, Mark L. Blum, Rita M. Gross, Elizabeth J. Harris, Jan-Olav Henriksen, Armin Kreiner, Jude Lal Fernando, Robert Mayer, Terrance Merrigan, John O’Grady, Perry Schmidt- Leukel, Catharina Stenqvist, John S. Strong.

Elizabeth Harris (ed.) • John O’Grady (ed.), EOS-Editiaon, St. Ottilien, 2016, 336 p.

ISBN  978-3-8306-7794-9


Review in DIM-MID: here.


John Makransky,

Awakening through Love,
Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness.

Entitled “Awakening through Love: Unveiling Your Deepest Goodness”, each chapter provides a guided meditation that adapts Tibetan Buddhist practices of love, compassion and wisdom so as to make them freshly accessible to Westerners. It is distinctive in approaching these themes from a Dzogchen perspective, which understands love and compassion as intrinsic to our fundamental awareness. The book is intended for Buddhists, scholars of Buddhism and comparative religion, and for the wider public that may be interested not only in reading about Buddhist ideas but in using the guided meditations to explore Buddhist modes of meditation and awareness. A CD of the guided meditations is also available.
In the book, readers of all backgrounds and faiths are encouraged to see what light the meditations may shed upon their own spiritual traditions and lives. The book would be suitable for courses that focus on Buddhist practice, comparative theology, comparative ethics, or comparative spirituality.

The book may be ordered from Wisdom publications at
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May, John D’Arcy

Converging Ways? 

Conversion and Belonging in Buddhism and Christianity

Ersch. 2007, 14,8 x 21 cm, broschiert, 208 S.,

ISBN 3-8306-7251-9, EUR 15.80

Documentation of the 2005 Conference in St. Ottilien


E. Harris

Theravada Buddhism and
the British Encounter
Religious, Missionary and Colonial Experience in
Nineteenth Century Sri Lanka
Elizabeth Harris, University of Birmingham, UK
March 2006: 234×156: 288pp
eBook: 0-203-09877-3: £65.00
Hb: 0-415-37125-2: £65.00

This major new work explores the British encounter with Buddhism in
nineteenth century Sri Lanka, examining the way Buddhism was represented
and constructed in the eyes of the British scholars, officials, travellers and
religious seekers who first encountered it.
Tracing the three main historical phases of the encounter from 1796 to 1900,
the book provides a sensitive and nuanced exegesis of the cultural and political
influences that shaped the early British understanding of Buddhism and that
would condition its subsequent transmission to the West.
Expanding our understanding of inter-religious relations between Christians
and Buddhists, the book fills a significant gap in the scholarship on Theravada
Buddhism in Sri Lanka by concentrating on missionary writings and presenting
a thorough exploration of original materials of several important pioneers in
Buddhist studies and mission studies.
Introduction Part 1: 1. Introduction 2. The Early British Visitors:
Mapping the Ground Part 2: 1830-1870 1. Introduction 2. The Arrogance of
Power: The Memoir Writers 3. Christian Exclusivism: The Protestant
Missionaries and their Friends 4. Missionary Scholars: Daniel Gogerly and
Robert Spence Hardy 5. Buddhism’s Glorious Core: Turnour’s Allies Part 3:
1870-1900 1. Introduction 2. The Buddha as Hero: Arnold’s The Light of Asia
3. Buddhism as Nihilism: The Missionary Perspective 4. Romantic Other,
Negative Spin: Constance Gordon Cumming 5. Buddhism as Life-Affirming:
Contesting the Missionaries 6. Contrasting Scholars: Reginald Copleston and
T.W. Rhys Davids 7. Balancing the Exoteric and the Esoteric: Theosophists in Sri
Lanka 8. Convert to Compassion: Allan Bennett Part 4: Remodelling Buddhist
Belief and Practice: The Dynamics of Protestant Buddhism 1. The British as
Witnesses to the Tradition: Continuity and Ruption 2. The Roots of Buddhist
Modernism 3. One tradition; Differing Voices 4. Threat to the Dhamma; a
Dhamma Renewed Part 5: Discourses of Contempt: The Encounter between
Buddhists and Christian Missionaries 1. Co-existence and Dual Belonging
2. World Views in Collision 3. Betrayal and Retaliation 4. The Twentieth
Century Epilogue
Elizabeth J. Harris is an
Honorary Lecturer at Birmingham
University and Secretary for Inter
Faith Relations for the Methodist
Church in Britain. A former
Research Fellow at Westminster
College, Oxford, she is the author
of many books and articles on
Theravada Buddhism and
Buddhist–Christian encounter.


Perry Schmidt-Leukel

Understanding Buddhism

pub date 21 September 2006
isbn 1 903765 18 8
price £12.95/ €19.95/ US$23.95
format/size Paperback, demy 138 x 216
no. of pages c 160pp
subject Comparative Religion/Buddhism
(BIC HRDG1; ISBS 1300)

Today Buddhism is often presented as a religion without dogmas and commandments, without God and without any need to believe, tolerating all and everything – as no “religion” at all, but as a way of life most suitable to the needs of post-modern Westerners. But is this an accurate image? In this book Buddhism is introduced as a genuine religion, gentle and powerful, being as demanding as it is consoling.

Buddhism is certainly not a theistic faith, but neither is it a form of atheism or materialism. Rather it is a challenge to both: a rich source of metaphysical, ethical and spiritual insight that has shaped and nourished countless generations of followers all over Asia and that is now taking firm roots in the West.

As with all titles in the Understanding Faiths series Understanding Buddhism is directed at those serious enquirers or students of comparative religion who are seeking a sympathetic, scholarly and reliable introduction.

about the author Perry Schmidt-Leukel is Professor of Systematic Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow. He holds the Chair of World Religions for Peace and is Founding Director of the Centre for Inter-Faith Studies.

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Buddhism, Christianity and the Questions of Creation
Karmic or Divine?
Perry Schmidt-Leukel

Is the world created by a divine creator? Or is it the constant product of karmic forces? The issue of creation was at the heart of the classic controversies between Buddhism and Hindu Theism. In modern times it can be found at the centre of many polemical debates between Buddhism and Christianity. Is this the principal barrier that separates Buddhism from Christianity and other theistic religions?

The contributions to the first part of this book explore the various aspects of traditional and contemporary Buddhist objections against the idea of a divine creator as well as Christian possibilities to meet the Buddhist critique. Part two asks for the potential truth on both sides and suggests a surprising way that the barrier might be overcome. This opens a new round of philosophical and theological dialogue between these two major traditions with challenging insights for both.

Contributors: José I. Cabezón, Armin Kreiner, John P. Keenan, Aasulv Lande, John D’Arcy May, Eva K. Neumaier, Perry H. Schmidt-Leukel, Ernst Steinkellner.
Introduction, Perry Schmidt-Leukel. Part 1 Buddhist and Christian Perspectives on the Issue of Creation: Hindu doctrines of creation and their Buddhist critiques, Ernst Steinkellner; Three Buddhist views of the doctrines of creation and creator, José Ignacio Cabezón; Buddhist forms of belief in creation, Eva K. Neumaier; Creation and the problem of evil, Armin Kreiner; Refuting some Buddhist arguments about creation and adopting Buddhist philosophy about salvation, John P. Keenan; Creation and process theology – A question to Buddhism, Aasulv Lande; Buddhists, Christians and ecology, John D’Arcy May. Part 2 The Unbridgeable Gulf? Towards a Buddhist-Christian Theology of Creation, Perry Schmidt-Leukel: Preparing the ground; Buddhist criticism and its motives; Bridging the gulf; Conclusion. Index.

I think the contents of this book are of considerable interest and represent a very important contribution to the discussion of theism in the context of Buddhist-Christian dialogue. There is no doubt that the material deserves to be published and I think it would attract a wide readership among those interested in this field. Dr Rupert Gethin, Department of Religions, University of Bristol, UK

About the Author/Editor
Perry Schmidt-Leukel has a Diploma in Theology (Munich, 1982), MA in Philosophy of Religion (Munich, 1984) with a dissertation on Pali-Buddhism. Dr. theol. (Munich, 1990) with a thesis on Buddhist-Christian Hermeneutics. Dr. theol. habil. (Munich, 1996) with a habilitatio on Theology of Religions. From 1987-2000 he has had teaching posts at the Universities of Munich, Innsbruck and Salzburg, and since 2000 he had been Professor at the University of Glasgow. He has been a member of the secretarial board of the “European Network of Buddhist-Christian Studies” since 1997. Perry has authored 4 books, co-authored 2 and edited 7 (e.g. Wer ist Buddha? Eine Gestalt und ihre Bedeutung fuer die Menschheit. Diederichs 1998; Buddhist Perceptions of Jesus. St. Ottilien 2001; War and Peace in World Religions. SCM 2004). He has had more than 100 scholarly publications in the field of Systematic Theology, Theology of Religions, and Buddhist-Christian Dialogue.


Buddhism and Christianity in Dialogue
The Gerald-Weisfeld Lectures 2004

Edited by Perry Schmidt-Leukel

Buddhism and Christianity in Dialogue continues the Weisfeld-Lectures, which were established with the first series on War and Peace in World religions, published in 2004 by SCM Press.

The book is written for a general as well as a more specialist readership. On the one hand it introduces basic topics of Buddhist-Christian dialogue, on the other hand it opens up new ground: particularly insofar as the Buddhist and the Christian contributers all write comparatively. That is, the Buddhists speak not only on Buddhism but on Christianity and Buddhism in relation to the specific topic, and so do the Christians. Something similar has not yet done before in Buddhist-Christian Dialogue making this a unique and groundbreaking book.

Each chapter is made up of a contribution from a Buddhist and then from a Christian point of view. To conclude each chapter, both authors then write together to address each others points in the previous sections and so the book is truly interactive.


New Publication

0334 02938 4 180pp paper £18.99

War and Peace in World Religions

The Gerald-Weisfeld Lectures 2003

Edited by Perry Schmidt-Leukel

A series of lectures by eminent authors from Britain and Germany which
would suit all undergraduates of Biblical Studies, Religious Studies and
Theology, in particular second year students studying World Religions or

Split into three manageable sections, part one looks at war and peace in
the Eastern Religions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Classical Chinese Thought.
Part two looks at war and peace in the Abrahamic Religions, and the final
part brings themes and commonalities together in a discussion of various
developments towards peace, including a discussion of ‘The World
Conference on Religion and Peace’ and Hans Küng’s excellent lecture on
‘Global Ethic – Development and Goals’.

A rigorous, yet accessible text for anyone with an interest in the
discussion of religion and international conflict.


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Schmidt-Leukel, Perry / Köberlin, Gerhard / Götz, Josef Thomas

Buddhist Perceptions of Jesus.

Papers of the Third Conference of the European Network of Buddhist-Christian-Studies (St. Ottilien 1999).

Ersch. 2001, 21 x 14,8 cm, broschiert, 180 S.,
ISBN 3-8306-7069-9, DM 28.00 / Euro 14.32

How did Buddhists perceive Jesus in the initial stages of Christian-Buddhist encounter and how do they understand him today? How do Christians feel about Buddhist perceptions of Jesus? Do they regard these as faulty, insufficient or as providing exciting new perspectives? These and other questions are addresses in the papers collected in this volume. Three historians of religions investigate the Buddhist perceptions of Jesus in China during 17th century (Iso Kern), in SriLanka during 19th and early 20th century (Heinz Muermel) and among the first Buddhists in Germany (Frank Usarski). Three Buddhist authors present and represent a Buddhist understanding of Jesus and Christianity which has moved from the earlier primarily polemical view to a much more sympathetic and dialogical one (Shizuteru Ueda, Santikaro Bhikkhu, Karl Schmied). Finally two Christian theologians, both well experienced and experts in Buddhist-Christian dialogue (Notto Thelle, Michael von Brueck), answer the question “What do I as a Christian expect Buddhists to discover in Jesus?”. A detailed introduction by Perry Schmidt-Leukel analyses the background to Buddhist evaluations of other religions in general and of Christianity in particular.

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Rötting, Martin

Berge sind Berge,
Flüsse sind Flüsse.

Begegnung mit dem koreanischen

Ein Beitrag zum christlich-buddhistischen Dialog.
Vorwort: Abtprimas Notker Wolf OSB
Beiträge von Thomas Timpte OSB, Bernhard Senecal SJ, Younghae Yoon, Jinwol Sunim
Ersch. 2001, 23 x 15,5 cm, broschiert, 192 S., 15 Abbildungen,
ISBN 3-8306-7070-2, DM 28.00 / Euro 14.32

Der Zen-Buddhismus in Korea hat sich bis heute seine Frische und Originalität bewahrt. “Berge sind Berge, Flüsse sind Flüsse” möchte zur Begegnung und zum Dialog mit der faszinierenden Welt des koreanischen Zen einladen.
Das Buch möchte auch ein Beitrag zum interreligiösen Dialog sein. Buddhisten und Christen erzählen in verschiedenen Beiträgen von ihrer Begegnung mit der anderen Religion.
Überlegungen und Gedanken zu wichtigen Themen einer Theologie des Dialogs zwischen Zen-Buddhismus und Christentum runden das Buch ab.

Der Autor Martin Rötting (geb. 1970) arbeite als Religionslehrer in der Diözese München und Freising, bevor er in Südkorea als Gast in verschiedenen Zen-Klöstern lebte. Gegenwärtig arbeitet er als Seelsorger und Religionslehrer in Dublin. An der Irish School of Ecumenics (Trinity College Dublin) studiert er Ökumene und interreligiösen Dialog.

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