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This front matter section of this book The Cosmic Breath: Spirit and Nature in the Christianity-Buddhism-Science Trialogue contains the table of contents and the preface. The book brings together two very important theological tasks: the interfaith dialogue in general and the Christian-Buddhist dialogue more specifically on the one hand, and the religion-and-science conversation in general and the Buddhism-science and Christianity-science encounters more particularly. It focuses on the theological task in a scientific and interdisciplinary context on the one hand, and in a religiously pluralistic and interfaith environment on the other hand.

In: The Cosmic Breath
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The argument in this introductory chapter of this book triangulates around three sets of interlocking questions and methodological intuitions. The Buddhist-Christian dialogue contributes to certain developments in the science and philosophy of nature, including anthropology, by introducing pneumatological and relational categories into the discussion. The task is to expand the theology and science dialogue and the Buddhist-Christian dialogue into a trialogue between Christianity, Buddhism, and science. The three parts of the chapter clarifies the methodological challenges involved, first with regard to discussions in the science and philosophy of nature, and then about developments in the interfaith dialogue, before suggesting how a pneumatological approach to these matters has the potential to advance this exploration. The chapter covers a good deal of ground results in this being one of the longest chapters of the book, but this is needed in order to explicate the threefold chord around which the trialogue unfolds.

In: The Cosmic Breath
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The theological task before us is the quest for a philosophy and theology of nature that engages and is informed by the dialogues with science and with Buddhist traditions. The methodological engine developed to drive this project is the Christian doctrine of the Spirit. This chapter begins with generic understandings of spirit in the religion-science literature, proceeds to more theological uses, including introduction of the efforts of Wolfhart Pannenberg, and then seeks to explore and critically asses the links proposed between pneumatology and contemporary field theory. The following considerations identify the emergence of specifically pneumatological categories and motifs in the theology and science dialogue.

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The reasons for taking up the Genesis account include the pneumatological theme that is embedded therein, and this chapter further clarifies it. For now, note the following threefold purpose in rereading the creation narratives toward a pneumatological theology of nature. First, the chapter seeks to highlights elements in the biblical text that are overlooked on more traditional readings without doing violence to the text. Second, this rereading of Genesis 1 anticipates unleashing the pneumatological symbols hermeneutical power even while it enriches the understanding of God as spirit. Finally, it is expected that the results to be consistent with the most recent developments in the cosmological sciences even while it provides one with a matching theological vision accompanied by more expansive explanatory power especially with regard to the realms of ontology and metaphysics. The chapter proceeds from biblical interpretation to interaction with the science of emergence and with systems theory.

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This chapter suggests that a pneumatological reading of Genesis 1 provides complementary perspectives on what the sciences of emergence and systems theory say about the nature of an evolutionary world. Building on the preceding discussion, three related paths of inquiry converge in the chapter. First, a pneumatological reading of divine presence in the creation of the world (Genesis 1) leads to further inquiry about divine presence in human createdness. Second, the question about the possibility of divine causation within a top-down model of causality has led to issues in the philosophy of mind which one hopes the discussion of human personhood and neuroscientific and psychological approaches to the mind-body relation can further illuminate. Finally, of course, the overarching quest explores the Christian-Buddhist-science trialogue by way of pneumatology should not be forgotten. The chapter proceeds from biblical interpretation through neuroscientific commentary toward synthesis.

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The hypothesis in this chapter is that the Mahayana Buddhist understanding of the dynamically empty and self-emptying nature of all things serves a threefold function methodologically amenable to the purposes of this book. It resonates in various ways with and may potentially serve as a bridge to the categories of contemporary physics, especially quantum field theory and contemporary philosophy of mind. The chapter introduces the idea of shunyata and its role in the Buddhism-science dialogue. It begins with an overview of the Buddhist-science encounter, proceed to delve into some of the details of this encounter particularly as reflected in the current Mind and Life dialogues held by Tibetan Buddhists and Western scientists, and concludes with a basic sketch of the complementarities between shunyata and modern science especially as that has played out in the Kyoto School. This discussion lands at the heart of the contemporary Buddhist engagement with modern science.

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This chapter explores certain streams of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition as it has wrestled with fundamental metaphysical and ontological questions. The hypothesis is that the doctrine of shunyata has indeed been suggestive and valuable for Buddhist perspectives on nature in ways which compromised neither its religious character nor the empirical mindedness of those Buddhists for whom this was a central category. In order to see this, the chapter retraces the steps from Nishitani back through his teacher Nishida and the Huayen School of the T’ang Dynasty to the ideas of Nagarjuna, who stands at the fount of the Madhyamaka tradition. In each case one can do no more than highlighting the major points pertinent to the inquiry. What emerges is the contours of a Mahayana Buddhist cosmology, which in turn sheds light on how Buddhists in this tradition see the nature of the world ultimately in terms of shunyata.

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This chapter attempts to clarify some of the nuances and subtleties accompanying the anatman doctrine, especially as it relates to the discussion of the soteriological implications of shunyata on the one hand, and of the Buddhist-science dialogue on the nature of being human on the other. It begins with an overview of the connections between the earliest Buddhist debates regarding non-self and what the Zen tradition calls the true self in conjunction with the perspectives of Buddhists working in the neurosciences, explores one facet of the contemporary Tibetan Buddhist quest for a science of consciousness, and concludes with a summary of human personhood as pratityasamutpada or interdependently originating. The goal is to understand how the Buddhist notion of shunyata applies to their view of what it means to be human, and to do so in dialogue with the contemporary cognitive sciences.

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This chapter discusses the basic questions: how do Christian and Buddhist views of nature and the cosmos in general and of human nature and personhood more particularly compare and contrast; in what ways has the inclusion of modern science been illuminating for this conversation; and, does a pneumatological approach establish a bridge toward the furthering of religion-science and interreligious dialogues on these topics. It begins by summarizing the findings of parts I and II, noting especially similarities between the two traditions views on creation/nature and human personhood as elicited through the pneumatological framework of inquiry. From this, the chapter attempts a deeper analysis of the Christian-Buddhism-science trialogue by pushing the discussion forward in the direction of what might be called a pneumatological theology of the cosmos and a pneumatological anthropology. The chapter thus is an initial sketch of a philosophy and theology of nature in light of the Christianity-Buddhism-science trialogue.

In: The Cosmic Breath
In: Pneumatology and the Christian-Buddhist Dialogue