Spirituality and Liberation: A Buddhist-Christian Conversation (with Paul F. Knitter)

  • Masao Abe
Part of the Library of Philosophy and Religion book series (LPR)


In introducing the topics for our Buddhist-Christian conversation, I would like to follow the advice of my feminist theologian friends and take a personal approach. I think I can make clear why I am eager to talk with Professor Abe by first speaking about what I did in the summer of 1987 and what happened to me.


Human Existence Religious Experience Christian Faith True History World Peace 
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  1. 1.
    John S. Dunne, The Way of All the Earth (New York: Macmillan, 1972).Google Scholar
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    See Paul F. Knitter, ‘Merton’s Eastern Remedy for Christianity’s Anonymous Dualism’, Cross Currents, Vol. 31 (1981), pp. 285–95.Google Scholar
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    John B. Cobb, Jr., Beyond Dialogue: Toward a Mutual Transformation of Christianity and Buddhism (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1982).Google Scholar
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    Shin’ichi Hisamatsu (1889–1980), Professor of Buddhism at Kyoto University in Japan. See Masao Abe, ‘Hisamatsu’s Philosophy of Awakening’, The Eastern Buddhist, Vol. 14 (1981), pp. 26–42 and’ Hisamatsu Shin’ichi, 1889–1980’, The Eastern Buddhist, Vol. 14 (1981), pp. 142–9.Google Scholar
  5. 6.
    Masao Abe, ‘Sovereignty Rests with Mankind’, in Zen and Western Thought (New York: Macmillan; Honolulu: Univ. of Hawaii Press, 1985), pp. 249–60. This essay was inspired by Hisamatsu’s idea of true sovereignty.Google Scholar
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    Shin’ichi Hisamatsu, ‘Ultimate Crisis and Resurrection’, The Eastern Buddhist, Vol. 8 (1975), p. 64.Google Scholar

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© Masao Abe 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Masao Abe
    • 1
  1. 1.Nara University of EducationJapan

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