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The Buddha and religious diversity

Author: J Abraham Vélez de Cea
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2013.
Series: Routledge studies in Asian religion and philosophy, 6.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Providing a rigorous analysis of Buddhist ways of understanding religious diversity, this book develops a new foundation for cross-cultural understanding of religious diversity in our time. Examining the complexity and uniqueness of Buddha's approach to religious pluralism using four main categories - namely exclusivism, inclusivism, pluralistic-inclusivism and pluralism - the book proposes a cross-cultural and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J Abraham Vélez de Cea
ISBN: 9780415639729 0415639727 9780203072639 0203072634
OCLC Number: 793224557
Description: xi, 250 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part 1: A Cross-Cultural and Interreligious Interpretation of the Typology Exclusivism-Inclusivism-Pluralism. A New Framework ; Pluralism and Degrees of Openness. --
Part 2: Exclusivism. Clarifying the Concept of Exclusivism ; Is There Liberation outside Buddhism?. --
Part 3: Inclusivism. Retrieving the Early Buddhist Position ; Are Buddhists Inclusivists or Exclusivists with Inclusivist Attitudes?. --
Part 4: Pluralistic-Inclusivism. From Inclusivism to Pluralistic-Inclusivism ; Beyond Buddhist Inclusivism. --
Part 5: Pluralism. Was the Buddha a Pluralist? ; Applying John Hick's Model of Pluralism to the Pāli Nikāyas?. --
Part 6: Starting a Dialogue between the Buddha and other Models of Religious Diversity. A Comparative Appraisal of Hick, Heim, and the Buddha.
Series Title: Routledge studies in Asian religion and philosophy, 6.
Responsibility: J. Abraham Vélez de Cea.

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"Providing a rigorous analysis of Buddhist ways of understanding religious diversity, this book develops a new foundation for cross-cultural understanding of religious diversity in our time. Examining the complexity and uniqueness of Buddha's approach to religious pluralism using four main categories - namely exclusivism, inclusivism, pluralistic-inclusivism and pluralism - the book proposes a cross-cultural and interreligious interpretation of each category, thus avoiding the accusation of intellectual colonialism. The key argument is that, unlike the Buddha, most Buddhist traditions today, including Theravada Buddhism and even the Dalai Lama, consider liberation and the highest stages of spiritual development exclusive to Buddhism. The book suggests that the Buddha rejects many doctrines and practices found in other traditions, and that, for him, there are nonnegotiable ethical and doctrinal standards that correspond to the Dharma. This argument is controversial and likely to ignite a debate among Buddhists from different traditions, especially between conservative and progressive Buddhists. The book fruitfully contributes to the literature on inter-religious dialogue, and is of use to students and scholars of Asian Studies, World Religion and Eastern Philosophy."--Publisher's website.

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