Christian approach to Buddhism
I will be presenting at the Seminar for Theology and Religion (STaR) run by the Monash University Centre for Theology and Religion next month with Dr. Gidi Ifergan, and adjunct research fellow at the Monash University Centre for Theology and Religion. Details and abstracts below.
Date: 5th September
Location: Australian Centre for Jewish Civilzation, Monash University Caulfield.
Samuel Baudinette will be presenting a paper in preparation for his confirmation of MA candidature for his project “Silence as Praise of God: Dominican practice of negation in the 13th-14th centuries.” His supervisors are Prof. Constant Mews and Dr. Clare Monagle of the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University. Sam is an active member of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and is currently preparing a paper on Maimonides, Thomas and Eckhart’s attitudes towards silence for a roundtable at the Monash Prato Centre in Italy. His academic interests include mysticism, the development of apophatic theology, the interaction between Jewish, Christian and Islamic philosophy in the Middle Ages, and the history of the Mendicant Orders and Medieval Schools.
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Can you compare christianity's & Buddhism's approach to abstaining from wordly pleasure, such as sex, ...?
...elimination of pain, etc.?
My answer would be that a Buddhist's approach is to gain greater understanding and to grow. A christian's is completely conceived in self-repression and/or control of the masses.
A Buddhist practices celibacy because it is helpful to remove as many obstacles to intense spiritual practice as possible. It isn't because they believe sex to be immoral. It is purely for practical purposes. Celibacy is intended to be mental AND physical, otherwise, it's just repression and it's unhealthy.
I cannot speak to the Christian approach.