|Suffering: Christian Reflections on the Buddhist Dukkha
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About the Author:
Paul De Neui holds a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies. He has spent eighteen years enabling indigenous organizations to facilitate holistic and culturally relevant ministries that direct people to Christ within the context of a folk Buddhist country in Southeast Asia. At present, he is the Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies and Director of the Center for World Christian Studies at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL.
Part I: Conceptual Foundations of Suffering
1. What is Being Communicated to Buddhists - Mali and Bantoon Boon-Itt
Understanding how receptors interpret dukkha in the Buddhist worldview is key to successfully communicating the intended Christian message.
2. Doing A Thai Christian Theology of Suffering - Satanun Boonyakiat
A relevant Christian theology of suffering must consider the Four Noble Truths and practically respond to the complexities of the suffering of Buddhist people.
3. What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: Ignorance as a Cause of Suffering in Buddhism and Christianity - Russell H. Bowers, Jr.
Buddhism explains suffering as caused by ignorance regarding cravings, Christianity explains suffering not as cognitive ignorance but as a defect of will.
4. Suffering and Compassion in Buddhism and Christianity - Alex G. Smith
Buddhist compassion addresses suffering through understanding inevitable karma; Christian compassion addresses the cause of suffering through grace.
5. Continuities with Suffering as a Bridge to Evangelizing Buddhists - David S. Lim
Differentiating between experiential and academic understandings of dukkha and compassion is foundational to a gospel presentation that reaches Buddhist people.
Part II Ministry in the Midst of Suffering
6. Suffering, Death and Funerals in Thailand - Jane Barlow
The contextualized message of Christ puts to rest Buddhist questions about suffering as a result of karma and fears of death as a continued restless existence.
7. Hope and Suffering Among South Asian Buddhists: Observations from the Field - Anton Francis
One of the greatest attractions to Buddhists is understanding Christianity’s power and relational response to suffering.
8. Three Responses to Suffering: A Cambodian Christian Perspective - Barnabas Mam as told to Bruce Hutchinson
Surviving a time of suffering comes through preparation for, participation in, and responding to the sufferings of Christ.
9. Investigating Lay People’s Conceptions of Dukkha: Groundwork for Context-Sensitive Witness - Alan R. Johnson
The Christian gospel is fruitful when its followers contextually address the realities of dukkha experienced in the lives of Thai Buddhists.
10. An Evangelical Christian Observation of the Correlation between the Buddhist View of Sorrow (Dukkha) and Suicide in Sri Lanka - G. P. V. Somaratna
Shared pain in the context of the church has a therapeutic value for the Buddhist culture of Sri Lanka with one of the world’s highest rates of suicide.
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