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Teaching Interreligious Encounters$
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Marc A. Pugliese and Alex Y. Hwang

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190677565

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190677565.001.0001

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Reading Ignatius in Kathmandu

Reading Ignatius in Kathmandu

Toward a New Pedagogy of Interreligious Dialogue

(p.208) 14 Reading Ignatius in Kathmandu
Teaching Interreligious Encounters

Thomas Cattoi

Oxford University Press

The goal of this chapter is to reflect on a joint reading of Ignatius of Loyola’s Exercises and Śāntideva’s Bodhicaryāvatāra (The Way of the Bodhisattva) in seminars that were held in 2009 and 2012 at the Center for Buddhist Studies (CBS) in Kathmandu, Nepal. The seminars were a privileged occasion where the comparative reading of a Buddhist text and a Christian text was supplemented with a “dialogue of life” between practitioners of different traditions. This chapter presents some theological insights gained from these conversations, while also exploring the challenges of teaching these texts in a comparative and dialogical manner. In line with Francis Clooney’s call for a new systematic theology that is simultaneously confessional and interreligious, the chapter also attempts to lay foundations for a new “pedagogy of interreligious encounter,” which is characterized by “vulnerability” to the religious other while remaining grounded in a specific religious tradition.

Keywords:   Ignatius, Exercises, Śāntideva, Bodhicaryāvatāra, Buddhism, comparative theology, dialogue

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