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Void and Fullness in the Buddhist, Hindu and Christian Traditions

Sunya — Purna — Pleroma by: Bettina Sharada Bäumer , John R. Dupuche

Interreligious dialogue is one of the important ways for overcoming cultural and religious differences and misunderstandings. But it has to reach the depths of the spiritual, philosophical and theological insights of the religious traditions. This volume throws light on concepts of Void (sunya) and Fullness (purna, in Greek pleroma) in the Buddhist, Hindu and Christian traditions.



ISBN: 9788124603406
Year Of Publication: 2005
Edition: 1st
Pages : xii, 292
Bibliographic Details : 7 Coloured plates; Glossary; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 625


Interreligious dialogue is one of the important ways for overcoming cultural and religious differences and misunderstandings, and for contributing to world peace. But such a dialogue has to go beyond the social, institutional and purely academic areas: it has to reach the very depths of the spiritual, philosophical and theological insights of the religious traditions. In Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity such insights are expressed in the apparently opposite, but in reality complementary concepts of Void (shunya) and Fullness (purna, in Greek pleroma). These concepts lead to the respective spiritual experiences and their interpretations in scriptures and philosophies. This volume contains the papers presented at an interreligious seminar at Sarnath, Varanasi, organised by the Abhishiktananda Society, and inspired by the ideas and life of Swami Abhishiktananda (1910-1973). These papers throw light on these fundamental concepts from the different traditions, and are an invitation to dialogue. H.H. the Dalai Lama gave the concluding speech on the importance of interreligious dialogue.


— Bettina Baumer
1. Opening Address
— Raimon Panikkar
2. Sunya and Purna
— Samdhong Rinpoche
3. Concept of Fullness or Purnatva in Indian Philosophy
— Deba Brata Sen Sharma
4. The Pleroma of God, Jesus Christ and the Christian
— Paddy Meagher
5. Emptiness: Philosophy and Spirituality
— Ngawang Samten
6. Concept of Fullness (Purnata) in Kashmir Shaivism
— Makhan Lal Kokiloo
7. The Nothingness of God and its Explosive Metaphors
— Alois M. Haas
8. The Tantric System in Buddhism
— Wangchuk Dorje Negi
9. Attaining the Form of the Void: Sunya in Vijnana Bhairava
— Bettina Baumer
10. The Themes of Light and Dark in the Greek Fathers
— John R. Dupuche
11. Sunyata in the Sahaja Practice of Buddhism
— Suniti Kumar Pathak
12. Sunya Sampadana: A Mystical Concept of Virasaivism
— Rama Ghose
13. Purna-Sunya-Pleroma as Communion of Beings
— Antony Kalliath
14. Nietzsche’s Encounter with Buddhism
— Johann Figl
15. Gopinath Kaviraj on Purna
— H.N. Chakravarty (Tr.)
16. The Silence and the Cry
— John R. Dupuche

Concluding Session

Speech of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Panel Discussion
— Raimon Panikkar
— Alois Haas
— Swami Nityananda Giri
— Nirmala Deshpande
— Bettina Baumer
— Samdhong Rinpoche
General Index

Meet the Author
Bettina Sharada Bäumer is a scholar of non-dualist Kashmir Saivism and a disciple of Swami Lakshman Joo (1907-91). She has been teaching texts of Kashmir Saivism in intensive seminars for the last 20 years. She was National Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, from 2015-17. At present she is Director of ‘Samvidalaya, Abhinavagupta Research Library’ in Varanasi. Her recent publications include: Abhinavagupta’s Hermeneutics of the Absolute, Anuttaraprakriya, An Interpretation of His Paratriksika Vivarana (2011); Utpaladeva, Philosopher of Recognition, co-edited with Raffaele Torella (2016); Tantrapushpanjali: Tantric Traditions and Philosophy of Kashmir, Studies in Memory of Pandit H.N. Chakravarty, co-edited with Hamsa Stainton (2018). In 2015 she was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India.
Rev. Dr. John R. Dupuche, a Catholic priest from Melbourne (Australia), specialized in Kashmir Shaivism and Christian mysticism, and chair of the Interfaith Committee of the Archdiocese.
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