The Impact of Dialogue with Christianity on My Self-Understanding as a Buddhist
I have been asked to talk about the theme, ‘The Impact of Dialogue with Christianity on my self-understanding as a Buddhist’. Although I am a Buddhist I have been interested in Christianity and Western philosophy from my student days. However, I began a dialogue with Christianity publicly in 1963, when I published an article, ‘Buddhism and Christianity as a Problem of Today’ in the journal Japanese Religions.1 To my pleasant surprise, there came to me many sincere echoes from the West of this small voice in a corner of the East. These responses are the starting point of the ‘Symposium on Buddhism and Christianity’ which was published in the subsequent issues of Japanese Religions2 in the following several years.
KeywordsUltimate Reality Pleasant Surprise Existential Negativity Social Evil Buddhist View
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