Bede Griffiths: A Life in Dialogue

Bede Griffiths: A Life in Dialogue

by Judson B. Trapnell
     
 

ISBN-10: 079144872X

ISBN-13: 9780791448724

Pub. Date: 02/28/2001

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Explores the work of spiritual leader and writer Bede Griffiths, who envisioned a union of Eastern and Western spirituality.

Bede Griffiths, O.S.B.Cam. (1906–1993) was a pioneer in the meeting of faiths and of cultures in the second half of the twentieth century. This captivating study of his pioneering work in intercultural and interreligious dialogue

Overview

Explores the work of spiritual leader and writer Bede Griffiths, who envisioned a union of Eastern and Western spirituality.

Bede Griffiths, O.S.B.Cam. (1906–1993) was a pioneer in the meeting of faiths and of cultures in the second half of the twentieth century. This captivating study of his pioneering work in intercultural and interreligious dialogue draws from meticulous research of Griffiths’s writings and his sources, as well as numerous personal interviews with the man himself.

Born in England, Griffiths immersed himself in Western culture through an Oxford education and twenty-five years in Benedictine monasteries. Yet early mystical experiences in nature and the study of Asian scriptures sparked a life-long search for what he called “the other half of my soul”—a search that would in 1958 take him to India. After participating in two Christian monastic experiments, he accepted leadership of Saccidananda Ashram, a community dedicated to pursuing the recently renewed Christian contemplative ideal in an India context. Here he boldly explored interreligious dialogue and inculturation, two projects of the Second Vatican Council. Envisioning “the marriage of East and West” in his writings and incarnating that marriage in spirituality, Griffiths became a prophet of our age, publishing more than a dozen books and scores of articles. In latter years, Griffiths attracted large audiences and received recognition from fellow pioneers in the dialogue of faiths, including the Dalai Lama.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791448724
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Series:
SUNY Series in Religious Studies Series
Pages:
297
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword, Kenneth Cracknell
Acknowledgments
A Chronology of Bede Griffiths's Life

Introduction

Part I
God in Nature: 1906–1932

An Evening Walk
1 The Romantic Explorer of English Countryside
2 Reconciling Reason and Imagination
3 God through the Symbol of Nature
The Conditions for Dialogue

Part II
God in Christ and the Church: 1932–1968

Night of Conversion
4 The Benedictine in England and India
5 Faith as a Way of Knowing
6 God through the Symbols of Bible, Liturgy, and Prayer
Into Dialogue

Part III
Nonduality (Advaita): 1968–1993

The View from His Window
7 The Guide of Shantivanam and Prophet of Dialogue
8 The Way of Intuitive Wisdom
9 God beyond the Symbols of the Religions
Through Dialogue

Conclusion

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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