Other Beliefs: Hinduism and Buddhism


other beliefs: Hinduism and buddhism

These resources examine the epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics of Hinduism and Buddhism. Comparisons are drawn to Christian faith and other belief systems.

Messages and Essays on Hinduism and Buddhism:

Stories and Spirituality: How the God Engages Human Evil (chart)

Stories and Social Consequences: Comparison Between Hinduism, Christianity, and Atheism (chart)

Is There Meaning in Suffering? A Comparison of Karmic, Christian, and Atheist Views

Beauty's Transformation of the Ugly in Gregory of Nyssa's Life of Moses An essay for Dr. Maximos Constas and Dr. Evie Holmberg, for their respective classes at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary, Fall 2018; examines Gregory's work (c.390 AD) as a critical engagement with the Platonic tradition, especially Origen and Plotinus, who have elements of reincarnation in their thought.  Gregory's work serves as an example of engagement with and differentiation from a Platonic cyclical cosmology which, in this case, can serve as a proxy for Hinduism.  For reference, see David Bentley Hart, Mind Over Matter: 'The Enneads' (Commonweal, Jan 16, 2019)

Books and Articles on Hinduism and Buddhism

Wikipedia, The Problem of Evil in Hinduism (wikipedia)

Sexwork Cyber Center, The Influence on Thai Buddhism on Prostitution (Sexwork Cyber Center, 1999)

Hieromonk Damascene, Christ the Eternal Tao (Amazon book, 2004)

Vinod Shah, What Motivated the Early Christian Health Missions? Anatomy of Transformation in India (presentation, May 29, 2005)

Keith E. McNeal, Trance and Modernity in the Southern Caribbean: African and Hindu Popular Religions in Trinidad and Tobago (Amazon book, 2005)

Dionysios Farasiotis, The Gurus, the Young Man, and Elder Paisios (Amazon book, 2008)

Christopher Hitchens, The Real Mahatma Gandhi (The Atlantic, Jul/Aug 2011)

David B. Marshall, Hindu Texts on Women: The Rig Veda (Christ the Tao blog, Nov 23, 2013)

I.A. Murzaku, Monastic Tradition in Eastern Christianity and the Outside World: A Call for Dialogue (Amazon book, Dec 31, 2013)

Bono, The Difference Between Grace and Karma (blog, Jan 26, 2014)

John Polkinghorne interview (note 28:20min mark about comparative belief systems)

Deacon Giorgi Maximov, St. Nicholas of Japan on Buddhism (Pravoslavie, Aug 15, 2014)

Meg Wagner, Caitlin Nolan, Nicole Lyn Pesce, Microsoft CEO apologizes after telling women not to ask for raises, trust 'good karma' will lead to better pay (Daily News, Oct 10, 2014)

Wisdom Pills, The Man Who Spit in Buddha's Face (blog, Oct 19, 2014)

Virginia Heffernan, The Muddied Meaning of ‘Mindfulness’ (NY Times Magazine, Apr 14, 2015)

Paul Chiariello, Why the Buddha is a Better Modern Role Model Than Jesus (Applied Sentience, Apr 17, 2015)

Heather Sutfin, History's Most Blood Thirsty Cult (Sword and Scale, Aug 11, 2015) re: the Hindu Thuggees of India, who believed they were rebalancing the world

Diane Cole, You'll Never Guess The Most Charitable Nation In The World (NPR, Nov 28, 2015)

Susmita Barua, A Buddhist and Interfaith Response to Debt Capitalism (Tikkun, Winter 2015)

Giles Fraser, What Star Wars: The Force Awakens Can Teach Us About Modern Evil (Guardian, Jan 5, 2016)

Robbie Swinnerton, A Phone Booth for Contacting the Dead; Renewal After the Tsunami (The Japan Times, Mar 4, 2016) and Miki Meek, One Last Thing Before I Go (This American Life, Sep 23, 2016) and Jessica Leigh Hester, The Phone Booth for Japanese Mourners (CityLab, Jan 10, 2017) Japanese are emotionally reserved for the sake of the dead, because in Buddhist thought, the soul still needs to traverse its path away from earthly ties.

Helen Hardacre, Political Realignment Among Japan’s Religions (Foreign Affairs, May 15, 2017)

Christine Mangala Frost, The Human Icon: A Comparative Study of Hindu and Orthodox Christian Beliefs (Amazon book, Jun 7, 2017) a very intriguing exploration

Hannah Beech, Buddhists Go to Battle: When Nationalism Overrides Pacifism (NY Times, Jul 8, 2019) “A call to arms for Sri Lankan monks. Ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Myanmar. A Buddhist faith known for pacifism is taking its place in a new age of nationalism.”