Without Buddha I Could not be a Christian
Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian narrates how esteemed theologian, Paul F. Knitter overcame a crisis of faith by looking to Buddhism for inspiration. From prayer to how Christianity views life after death, Knitter argues that a Buddhist standpoint can encourage a more person-centred conception of Christianity, where individual religious experience comes first, and liturgy and tradition second. Moving and revolutionary, this book will inspire Christians everywhere.
Paul Knitter on Double Religious Belonging
In your book you speak of “double belonging.” Just what does that mean?
When I Fall Down I Get Up Again
A monk asks the Zen Master what it's like to be enlightened? The Master says: "Nothing special. It's just that when I fall down I get up again."
At each moment of our lives we are born again. Just as every day is a new day, so every moment is a new moment. Our selves are the moments of our lives. This fact does not contradict the fact of inter-being (pratitya-samutpada). No moment is an island. Each moment is a coming together - a concrescence - of the entire universe. We are these concrescences, these gatherings of many into one. Thus we are not simply ourselves; we are also the universe becoming itself through us. And so is everyone else. In the face of the other person the universe appears to us, not as a cosmic consciousness but rather as that person in his or her individuality. Jeff and Jane, Mei and Zhihe, Jose and Maria, Vladimir and Anna, Muhammad and Adiba -- all are the universe presenting itself.
All of these presentations take place in the only time we really have: the present moment. Now and then we have tastes of this. We feel the radical inter-being which is the essence of who we are and who others are. None of this belies our individuality. No two moments are same, and no two people are the same. Even as we are composed of other people and the more-than-human world, we are self-creative in how we respond. This self-creativity is our true self. "When I fall down I get up again."
- Jay McDaniel
Awaken to Life as It Is
Don't Explain Too Clearly
The Present is Holy Ground
The only use of a knowledge of the past is to equip us for the present. No more deadly harm can be done to young minds than by depreciation of the present. The present contains all that there is. It is holy ground; for it is the past, and it is the future.
- Alfred North Whitehead, Aims of Education