“Leveraging Inter-religious Dialogue into Transformative Action Using Practical Theology’s Reflexive Frameworks,” by Bhikshuni Lozang Trinlae

issue 11 bhikshuniIn my mission to develop protocols for assessing Vajrayana Buddhist contemplative practices, I have investigated models of academic practical theology as prospective frameworks for systematic reflection incorporating both theological and empirical dimensions. Beyond this Buddhism-specific application, I have explored how practical theology can be used to enhance inter-religious engagement. In this paper, I   demonstrate how traditionally Christian academic practical theology hermeneutic formalisms can be generalized to serve as reflexive frameworks for conducting collaborative inter-religious activities. Such frameworks have the potential to enable actual communities of lived religions to leverage sustainable collaboration in areas of mutual interest for the long-term benefit of congregations and our wider society.

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