Essays in Buddhist Theology

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Title:Essays in Buddhist Theology


Author:Musashi Tachikawa

Publisher:Motilal Banarsidass Publishers

Publish Year:2012

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Hard Back

Subject:Buddhism | Philosophy


Remarks:Bibliography and Index.


Size:146 x 222 mm


Price:USD 9.41

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  • Buddhism does not recognize a concept of the existence of God (theos) such as found in Christianity, but here theos is not used to refer only to an absolute deity like the Christian god. By "theology," the author means the systematic delineation of the confrontation with the condition of the times while carrying on the engagement between the divine and oneself.

    Buddhism has spread widely down to the present and it manifests great diversity, in such forms as the neo-Buddhism of India, the Newar Buddhism of the Kathmandu basin, the Theravada Buddhism of Southeast Asia, Japanese Buddhism, and so on. But although Buddhism has taken various forms in different historical and cultural contexts, this does not necessarily mean that the construction of a "Buddhist theology" is insurmountably difficult. "Buddhist theological research" is a matter of researchers confronting contemporary conditions while based in Buddhist traditions belonging to diverse social and cultural conditions. In this way a theology addressing the historical and cultural context will be born.

    Musashi Tachikawa

    Musashi Tachikawa is a Professor at the National Museum of ethnology in Osaka. Japan. His publication include the structure of the world of Udayana's Realism, Five hundred Buddhist deities, Three hundred sixty Hindu deities.
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