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By Reza Shah Kazemi

ISBN-10: 1891785621

ISBN-13: 9781891785627

Forging a interfaith conversation among traditions that sometimes stand at odds, this groundbreaking book explores the scriptural and religious tenets of Islam and Buddhism when it comes to each other, making a foundation for comparability and research of the 2 traditions. Written by means of eminent students, this discussion juxtaposes foundational rules and practices through linking underlining ideas and fostering a mutual appreciation among fans of either religions. This interfaith quantity discusses metaphysical traditions and philosophical stories born of Islam and Buddhism, areas them in context with one another, therefore encouraging realizing, and supplying some degree of reference for persevered studying and cooperation.
Forging an interfaith conversation among traditions that usually stand at odds, this groundbreaking booklet explores the scriptural and religious tenets of Islam and Buddhism with regards to each other, making a foundation for comparability and research of the 2 traditions. The dialogue juxtaposes foundational ideas and practices by means of linking underlying rules and fostering a mutual appreciation among fans of either religions. This interfaith initiative focuses upon metaphysical and moral points of Islam and Buddhism, placing them in context with one another, hence encouraging knowing, and delivering some extent of reference for carrying on with and deepening reciprocal recognize and collaboration. of their respective introductions to this e-book, H.H. the Dalai Lama states that the booklet is helping show that Islam is certainly a 'path of salvation'; whereas prime Islamic pupil of jurisprudence, Prof Mohammad Hashim Kamali, asserts that at the foundation of this publication one could argue that Buddhism is an actual 'deen' or religion.

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The question of ultimate truth and reality cannot therefore be left out of any dialogue that wishes to go beyond scratching the surface of ethical agreement. It is for this reason that in what follows we have devoted considerable attention to the question of the supposed ‘atheism’—or, more accurately, ‘non-theism’—of Buddhism, for it is this apparent denial of God that constitutes one of the greatest obstacles to effective dialogue between the adherents of Buddhism and other religious traditions.

Let us take a look at how this oneness is described in Islam, before comparing it to the ‘uncompounded’ in Buddhism. The first testimony of Islam, ‘No divinity but the one and only Divinity’ can be understood to mean not just that there is only one God as opposed to many, but that there is only one absolute, permanent reality—all other realities being relative and ephemeral, totally dependent upon 1. This rather wordy translation of the single Arabic word (which is one of the Names of God) al-Samad is given by Martin Lings (The Holy Qur’ān—Translations of Selected Verses, Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute & The Islamic Texts Society, 2007), p.

Indeed the right way has been made distinct from error. So whoever rejects [lit. ‘disbelieves’: yakfur] the false gods and believes in God, he has truly held tight to the firmest of handles, which can never break (2:256). The Unborn It is possible to discern in the Buddha’s saying from the Udāna two affirmations of the oneness of ultimate reality, one temporal and the other substantial. At this point we will endeavour to address the temporal aspect, later the substantial aspect, relating to the distinction between compounded and non-compounded, will be addressed.

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