A Buddhist Spectrum: Contributions to Buddhist-Christian Dialogue

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World Wisdom, Inc, 2003 - Religion - 219 pages
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Essays distilling a lifetime of thought and practice by one of the earliest explorers of both the physical landscape of Tibet as well as it Vajrayana tradition.
 

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Contents

Living Ones Karma
1
The Marriage of Wisdom and Method
25
Is There a Problem of Evil?
39
Is there Room for Grace in Buddhism?
65
Considerations on the Tan trie Alchemy
89
Nembutsu as Remembrance
103
Dharma and the Dharmas
125
Metaphysics of Musical Polyphony
149
Anattd
159
Archetypes as Seen Through Buddhist Eyes
179
Biographical Notes
203
Index
205
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MARCO PALLIS was born in Liverpool in 1895, and served in the British army during World War I. In 1923 Pallis visited southern Tibet on a mountaineering trip, and he returned to the area in 1933 and 1936, consumed by an interest in its traditional culture, and stayed in monasteries in Sikkim and Ladakh. His other books include "The Way and the Mountain and "A Buddhist Spectrum. He died in 1990.

Born in Tehran, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, the son of an educator, received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1958, after which he returned to Iran to teach and eventually to become a university chancellor. He was compelled to leave his native country after the revolution of 1979 and since then has taught in universities in the United States. Deeply influenced by the mystical Sufi tradition, Nasr is less concerned with reconciling the faith with modernism and is more concerned with presenting a traditionalist, though mystical, interpretation of religion that offers a way out of the contradictions of modernity. Through authentic spiritual experience, Nasr holds, one can penetrate the superficiality of modern scientific and other knowledge to find eternal truth. He is associated with the neotraditionalist school of philosophy. Undoubtedly, Nasr has had more general influence in the Western philosophical world than any other contemporary philosopher in the Islamic tradition.

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