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Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies

Program for 2017 Annual Meeting

Boston, Massachusetts

November 17-18, 2017

Theme: What Buddhists and Christians Can Learn from Muslims

Friday - 4:00 PM-6:30 PM

Marriott Copley Place-New Hampshire (Fifth Level)


In the current climate, constructive interreligious dialogue with Islam is a critical task for both Buddhism and Christianity. In this panel, several different examples of either Buddhist or Christian engagement with Islam are described, including the positive outcomes of the engagement. Two Muslim scholars offer a response and suggestions for further dialogue.


Glenn Willis, Misericordia University

Tawhid and Surrender: Islamic Challenges for Buddhist Modernism


John Sheveland, Gonzaga University

Radicalization and Mercy: Christian Theological Learning from the Open Letter to al-Baghdadi


Kunihiko Terasawa, Wartburg College

A Buddhist Fascination with Islamic Mysticism: In Case of Toshihiko Izutsu 井筒俊彦and Ibn Arabi



Bahar Davary, University of San Diego

Amir Hussain, Loyola Marymount University

Theme: Uses and Misuses of Anger in Buddhism and Christianity

Saturday - 9:00 AM-11:30 PM

Marriott Copley Place-New Hampshire (Fifth Level)


The role of anger in both Buddhism and Christianity is complex and multivalent. Both religions teach the need to combat anger and its destructive consequences, particularly the way it fractures relationships. However, at the same time, anger can be a powerful tool for advocacy and action, particularly for the sake of justice. In this session, different aspects of anger are explored, with an eye both to anger's constructive role and also to its dangers.

The business meeting for the Society for Buddhist Christian Studies will take place immediately following this session, at 11:30. All Society members are welcome to attend.


Carolyn Medine, University of Georgia

Claude AnShin Thomas: Pausing At Hell's Gate and Undoing Anger


Thomas Cattoi, Santa Clara University and Graduate Theological Union

Searching for Holy Anger: Voices from the Philokalia and the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition


Lama Rod Owens, Dharma Boston Sangha

The Wrathful Guru: Exploring the Vajrayana Understanding of Anger


Carol S. Anderson, Kalamazoo College

Anger Makes Us Ugly: Reflections from Pali Buddhism


Joel Daniels, Georgetown University

The Wind of the Spirit Blows Gently and Fiercely: A Pentecostal Perspective on Love and Anger



Judith Simmer-Brown, Naropa University