Society for Comparative Theology
John Makransky, Boston College
"Christ and the Buddha as Mediators of Salvation: Some Personal Reflections toward a Buddhist Theology of Religions"
Respondent: Mark Heim
Suggested reading: John Makransky, "Buddha and Christ as Mediations of Ultimate Reality: A Mahayana Buddhist Perspective," in Buddhism and Christianity in Dialogue, ed. by Perry Schmidt-Leukel, SCM Press, Norwich, Norfolk, England, 2005, pp. 176-199.
Directions: McGuinn Hall is along Beacon Street (see campus map on BC website). Those who come by car can use the Beacon Street parking ramp. If you are traveling by subway, BC is easily reachable, as the last stop on the “B” Green Line or (by a 15 minute walk) from the Chestnut Hill stop on the “D” Green Line.
All area faculty and graduate students are welcome. For more information, contact John Berthrong <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Francis Clooney <email@example.com>, or Donald Swearer <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
November 14, 7- 9 p.m.
Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions
42 Francis Avenue
Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Professor Janet Gyatso, Harvard Divinity School
At last winter's meeting at CSWR we raised the question of the problems and possibilities of imagining a Comparative Theology that arises within religious traditions other than the Christian. Prof. Gyatso will be using the work of Jean-Luc Marion to explore the possibilities of a Buddhist theology and, in turn, a Buddhist approach to Comparative Theology.
These meetings are open to all interested graduate students and faculty, from any of the BTI schools or other neighboring schools. The Society is a colloquium for faculty and graduate students of the Boston Theological Institute, as well as scholars in the greater Boston area. It meets on a regular basis usually three times a year [fall, winter, spring] - for discussion and the presentation of current work by the Society's members.
Directions to CSWR are available at http://www.hds.harvard.edu/cswr/about/directions.html Parking for this event is available in the small lot on the left side, just before reaching the Divinity School at 45 Francis Avenue; since parking is limited, however, car pooling and public transportation are still encouraged.