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Sympathy and Empathy: The Compassionate Bodhisattva and the Love of Christ

May, John D'Arcy (2010) Sympathy and Empathy: The Compassionate Bodhisattva and the Love of Christ. In: Crossroads Discourses between Christianity and Culture. Currents of Encounter(38), eds. Gort , Jerald D.; Jansen, Henry and Stoker, Wessel. Editions Rodopi, Amsterdam and New York, pp. 395-411. ISBN 978 90 420 2863 0 (print), 978 90 420 2864 7 (e-book)


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Compassion is central to Buddhism, as love is to Christianity; but are they the same or even comparable? The Indian and Jewish contexts of the concepts are reflected in their very different frames of reference in Buddhology and Christology. In Christianity, there is an ontological relationship between love of neighbour and love of God. The Buddhist paradigm of compassion is the Bodhisattva. Mahayana Buddhism developed this 'other-regarding' figure to counteract the 'self-regarding' ideal of the Theravada. A phenomenology of sympathy and empathy is proposed as a means of establishing common ground.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Buddhism, Mahayana, Bodhisattva, compassion, agape, sympathy, empathy
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220402 Comparative Religious Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Ecumenical Studies
A - World Religions
College/Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Dr John D'Arcy May
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2014 00:29
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2014 01:17
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1592

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