Buddhism for a Violent World
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'This is truly an extraordinary book: Elizabeth Harris, a specialist in Buddhist-Christian relations, introduces Buddhism by retelling her own autobiographic journey into Buddhism, deeply interwoven with the violence-shaken recent history of Sri Lanka. This vivid and highly personal account allows the reader to enter imaginatively into the author's own experience and follow her on a contemporary pilgrimage to Buddhist-Christian spirituality. It provides insights into both, the transformative power of Buddhism as well as its limitations. Yet most importantly, it teaches exemplary lessons about the kind of interreligious learning that happens when people of one faith open their heart and mind to the wisdom and practice of the religious other. In that regard, I consider it as normative.' Perry Schmidt-Leukel, University of Munster, Germany 'In this splendid book, Dr. Harris manages to accomplish three things. She gives the reader an empathetic insight into the teachings of Buddhism. She also shows that it is possible for Christians to learn from the wisdom of another faith-tradition. She has wise things to tell of Buddhism's teachings about the world's violence and how to overcome it.
Do yourself a favour: buy this book and let it enlighten you.'
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