Reynolds, Thomas E.
June 2002
Journal of Ecumenical Studies;Summer/Fall2002, Vol. 39 Issue 3/4, p325
Academic Journal
This essay proposes that Buddhism and Christianity can be brought into a complementary, mutually enriching relationship through exploring the theme of "desire." Both traditions in different ways depict a human condition distorted by ego-logical self-enclosure and suggest that the path to liberation involves a reorientation of consciousness that has direct moral implications. In such a reorientation, desire--as a basic mode of orientation toward others--becomes fundamentally transformed and opened outward into a state of dynamic attunement, reconfigured as a posture of self-releasing love and compassion. Unpacking this in more detail will help shed light on important areas where Buddhism and Christianity have much to say to one another.


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