Seeking the Unseen (SEANET 12)

Spiritual Realities in the Buddhist World
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Buddhism claims no god, yet
spiritual realities abound in popular
practice. What are these realities? What
do they mean to the practitioners? How
can understanding these realities inform
Christ-followers seeking to communicate
the good news of Jesus in ways that all
can understand and relate to? In answer
to these and other questions, SEANET
proudly presents its twelfth volume,
Seeking the Unseen: Spiritual Realities in
the Buddhist World. Christian practitioners
from thirteen different Buddhist cultures
share insights gained from their wideranging
experiences and perspectives.
From Sri Lanka to Japan, from China to
the Philippines, these women and men,
Asian and Western, present on a topic that
is often missing in mission literature today.
And for readers seeking personal insight
into the growing spiritual complexities of
their own place in the postmodern world,
lessons from these authors will guide you
with practical principles from engaging,
firsthand cultural encounters.

  • ISBN: 9780878080465
  • Pages: 340
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2016
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

Table of Contents

Introduction 
Contributors 


Part I: Biblical Framework
1. Moving beyond Warfare: Biblical Imagery and
the Conduct of Mission 
Dwight P. Baker


2. Spiritual Realities in the Gospels and Implications for
Discipleship among Oral Learners in Northeast Thailand 
Mark Caldwell

3. Buddhist Spiritual Realities:

Divining and Discerning the Future 
Alex G. Smith
4. Transforming Power Encounters into People Movements
in the Buddhist World and Beyond 
David S. Lim


Part II: Cultural Practices
5. How Buddhist Spirituality Influences and Shapes
Asian Cultural Practices: Missiological Implications 
Sheryl Takagi Silzer
6. The Impact of Buddhism on Ancestor Veneration
in Vietnam: Harmless Cross-Cultural Assimilation
or Dark Spiritual Influence? 
Tin Nguyen
7. “I Believe for 50%”: Negotiating Spiritual and Scientific
Realities in Contemporary Thai Cosmologies 
Daniëlle Koning
8. Rituals for Blessing and Destruction among
the Rgyalrongwa of Sichuan, China 
David Burnett
9. An Evangelical Christian Analysis of Theravada Buddhist
Spirituality Expressed in the Almsgiving Ceremony 
G. P. V. Somaratna


Part III: Mission Strategy
10. A Post-3/11 Paradigm for Mission in Japan 
Hiroko Yoshimoto, Simon Cozens, Mitsuo Fukuda,
Yuji Hara, Atsuko Tateishi, Ken Kanakogi, Toru Watanabe
11. Spiritual Realities in the Folk Buddhist Worldview
of Sri Lanka 
Ravin Caldera
12. Signs and Wonders: Necessary but Not Sufficient 
Alan R. Johnson
13. Christian Response to Burmese Nat Worship in Myanmar 
Peter Thein Nyunt
14. People of Power: Becoming an “Alongsider” in
Thailand and Beyond 
John P. Lambert

Index 
Scripture Index 

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