Common Ground Between Islam and Buddhism

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Reza Shah Kazemi.  With an Essay by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf.  Introduced by H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, H.R.H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, Prof. Mohammad Hashim Kamali.


Common Ground Between Islam & Buddhism was inspired by A Common Word, an initiative in 2007 which advanced Muslim-Christian dialogue. Common Ground provides a scholarly spiritual comparison between Islam and Buddhism based on the texts of the Qur’an, the Pali Canon, Mahayana and other Buddhist texts in an attempt to identify Islam’s commonalities with the teachings of the Buddha. However, Kazemi looks beyond the platitude that as human beings we are all the same and recognizes the existence of fundamental – even unbridgeable – differences among these two traditions. Those involved in this publication hope that ultimately it results in greater respect for each other’s practice and belief and that it helps towards creating a more compassionate and peaceful world. Of particular interest is the discussion of Pure Land Buddhism, Nembutsu, and the concepts of Pure Land’s Tariki and Islam’s Tawakkul.