Raimon Panikkar: A Companion to his Life and Thought is a guide to the life, work and thought of Raimon Panikkar, a self-professed Buddhist-Christian-Hindu philosopher and theologian. A man of deep and wide learning and an extremely prolific author, Panikkar is equally at home in various religious and cultural traditions and embodies in himself the ideals of intercultural, intrareligious, and interreligious dialogues.
This book explicates Panikkar’s basic vision of life as the harmonious rhythm of divinity, humanity, and the cosmos, which he terms “cosmotheandrism”, and shows how it permeates and illumines his articulations of the central Christian doctrines. Given the complexity and difficulty of Panikkar’s thought this book is a welcome companion for a course on Panikkar and for a general reader who wishes to understand one of the most profound and orginal thinkers of our time.
About the Author
Peter C. Phan is the inaugural holder of the Ignacio Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University. He is the author/editor of more than 30 books and 300 essays on theology and philosophy. He is currently researching migration and its impact on Christian theology.
Young-chan Ro is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Korean Studies Center at George Mason University. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara where he studied under Raimon Panikkar. He has written and edited volumes in Confucianism and also specialized in comparative religion, Confucian-Christian dialogue, and published numerous articles on Raimon Panikkar.
1. Introduction: Who Is Raimon Panikkar, Why this Book, and Why Now?
Peter C. Phan and Young-chan Ro
Part I: The Many Faces of Raimon Panikkar
2. Raimon Panikkar: Life and Work
Milena Carrara Pavan
3. Panikkar the Christian Thinker
4. Panikkar’s Dharma, the West’s Karma: Panikkar and Hinduism
5. Panikkar and the Silence of the Buddha
6. Panikkar the Dialogical Man: Religion and Religions
Part II: Foundational Themes: Philosophical and Theological
7. Hermeneutics, Myth, Symbol, Religious Language
J. Abraham Vélez de Cea
8. Mysticism and Spirituality in Panikkar’s Thought
9. Who’s Playing with Whom? The Many Dwelling Places of Wisdom in the Theology of Raimon Panikkar
10. The Trinity and the Cosmotheandric Vision: Reflections on Panikkar’s Intercultural Theology
11. Time, History, and Christophany
12. Anthropology: Being Human
13. Sexuality and Gender in the Vision of Raimon Panikkar
M. Roberta Cappellini
14. Sacred Secularity and Prophetism: A Tension in Panikkar’s Work?
15. Raimon Panikkar’s “Eschatology”: The Unpublished Chapter
Peter C. Phan
16. After Panikkar: An Epilogue
Francis X. Clooney, SJ
A Glossary of Panikkarian Terms
Bibliography: Primary and Secondary
Endorsements and Reviews
I would readily recommend this volume to anyone interested in acquainting themselves with Panikkar’s work, or for those who wish to deepen their understanding of his ‘mutationism’ and mysticism.
John Alllison, in Reading Religion, 2020
This is a really important study.
Robin Gill, Editor, in Theology, Vol 122, No 5
Now, with the welcome publication of this companion, scholars and theologians have a critical guide against which to assess the work of an original genius whose learning and vision embraced whole continents, and provoked admiration and frustration in equal measure.
Michael Barnes, S.J., Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies, article 18, Vol. 33