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Sacred Moments: Reflections on Buddhist Rites and Christian Rituals

Paul H. de Neui (Editor)

Ritual has a causal impact on people's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, benefitting even those who claim not to believe that rituals work. When it is done effectively, ritual deeply impacts all aspects of human existence sometimes consciously, often non-discursively. Ritual becomes a sacred moment. Believing that there is value in the dialogue, SEANET proudly presents its 15th volume, "Sacred Moments: Reflections on Buddhist Rites and Christian Rituals." Each of the eighteen contributors from around the world are practitioners familiar with the Buddhist context. Each recognizes that the absence of ritual creates cultural vacuum, and that contextualization of values is a challenging continual process. Reading these pages will move you to promote deeper mutual understanding, greater social transformation, and the reinforcement of the best of life in all cultural expressions.

Contents: Introduction. Section I: Frameworks for Reflection on Ritual. 1. The Importance of Ceremony in Isaan/Tongpan Phrommedda. 2. From ritual to culture : finding doors into hearts and minds/Douglas M. Fraiser and G. Mirjam Bos. 3. The Pauline concept of ritual in the Buddhist worldview/Bouvert Regulas. 4. Death and life rituals in Buddhism and Christianity/Stephen Bailey. 5. From meals to blessings : contextualized ritual and Christian identity in Buddhist contexts/Ryan Binkley. 6. Through the Lens of Pchum Ben : What Ritual means to Cambodian Buddhists and Implications for Contextualization/Claire T. C. Chong. Section II: Reflections on Ritual as Discipleship. 7. Ritual prayer : understanding the Buddhist heart sutra in light of the lord's prayer/C-S Abraham Cheong. 8. Appreciating rituals and festivals from within Buddhist insider movements/David S. Lim. 9. The role of materiality of ritual in disciplining Thai converts/Samuel Lim. 10. Functional substitutes for Buddhist funerals/Alex G. Smith. 11. Transforming mission through string-tying ritual/Paul H. de Neui. Section III: Cultural Essentials Reflected in Ritual. 12. Telling the story at the funeral ceremony and answering frequently asked questions/Tongpan Phromedda. 13. Full moon Buddhist rituals in Sri Lanka : lessons for Christians/G. P. V. Somaratna. 14. To touch or not to touch : the power of touch rituals in Asian context/Cristian Dumitrescu. 15. Wai Khru ritual in Thai Christian Institutions/Sakunee Kriangchaiporn. 16. Cosmology of Shiague and Sungmee and Christian mission today/Taeyun (Timothy) Hwang. 17. Rituals of Confucian selfhood: understanding Chinese self-cultivation through a cup of tea/Lawrence Ko.

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Title Sacred Moments: Reflections on Buddhist Rites and Christian Rituals
Format Hardcover
Date published: 21.02.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789351483274
length xviii+255p.