HTS Theological Studies
On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
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URBANIAK, Jakub. Suffering in the mystical traditions of Buddhism and Christianity. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2014, vol.70, n.1, pp.01-10. ISSN 2072-8050.
This article seeks to explore the mystical approaches to suffering characteristic of both Buddhism and Christianity. Through the analysis of the meanings, the two traditions in question ascribe to suffering as a 'component' of mystical experience; it challenges the somewhat oversimplified understanding of the dichotomy 'sage-the-robot versus saint-the-sufferer'. Thus it contributes to the ongoing discussion on the theological-spiritual dimensions of the human predicament, as interpreted by various religious traditions. It also illustrates (though only implicitly) in what sense - to use the Kantian distinction - the mystical experience offers boundaries (Schranken) without imposing limits (Grenzen) to interfaith encounter and dialogue.