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Vélez de Cea: The Buddha and Religious Diversity

Vélez de Cea, J. Abraham:
The Buddha and Religious Diversity / J. Abraham Vélez de Cea. - London and New York : Routledge, 2013. - xi, 250 S. - (Routledge Studies in Asian Religion and Philosophy ; 6)
ISBN 978-0-415-63972-9 (Hardback)
£ 80,00
DDC: 294.335

Providing a rigorous analysis of Buddhist ways of understanding religious diversity, this book develops a new foundation for cross-cultural understanding of religious diversity in our time.
   Examining the complexity and uniqueness of Buddha’s approach to religious pluralism using four main categories – namely exclusivism, inclusivism, pluralistic-inclusivism and pluralism – the book proposes a cross-cultural and interreligious interpretation of each category, thus avoiding the accusation of intellectual colonialism. The key argument is that, unlike the Buddha, most Buddhist traditions today, including Theravada Buddhism and even the Dalai Lama, consider liberation and the highest stages of spiritual development exclusive to Buddhism. The book suggests that the Buddha rejects many doctrines and practices found in other traditions, and that, for him, there are nonnegotiable ethical and doctrinal standards that correspond to the Dharma. This argument is controversial and likely to ignite a debate among Buddhists from different traditions, especially between conservative and progressive Buddhists.
   The book fruitfully contributes to the literature on inter-religious dialogue, and is of use to students and scholars of Asian Studies, World Religion and Eastern Philosophy. [Verlagsinformation]

Acknowledgments. xii
Abbreviations. xiii
Introduction. 1
Part 1: A Cross-Cultural and Interreligious Interpretation of the Typology Exclusivism-Inclusivism-Pluralism. 11
1. A New Framework. 13
2. Pluralism and Degrees of Openness. 28
Part 2: Exclusivism. 43
3. Clarifying the Concept of Exclusivism. 45
4. Is There Liberation outside Buddhism? 61
Part 3: Inclusivism. 79
5. Retrieving the Early Buddhist Position. 81
6. Are Buddhists Inclusivists or Exclusivists with Inclusivist Attitudes? 105
Part 4: Pluralistic-Inclusivism. 123
7. From Inclusivism to Pluralistic-Inclusivism. 123
8. Beyond Buddhist Inclusivism. 145
Part 5: Pluralism. 165
9. Was the Buddha a Pluralist? 167
10. Applying John Hick’s Model of Pluralism to the Pāli Nikāyas? 184
Part 6: Starting a Dialogue between the Buddha and other Models of Religious Diversity. 201
11. A Comparative Appraisal of Hick, Heim, and the Buddha. 203
Appendix. 222
Notes. 226
Bibliography. 242
Index. 246


J. Abraham Vélez de Cea is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Eastern Kentucky University, USA. Profile page; Homepage.

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  1. Vélez de Cea, J. Abraham (2013).  The Buddha and Religious Diversity. Routledge Studies in Asian Religion and Philosophy; 6.