Gethsemani Encounter


25 presentations on the spiritual life, with four major talks by H.H. the Dalai Lama.

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25 presentations on the spiritual life, with four major talks by H.H. the Dalai Lama.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826411655
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

James A. Wiseman, O.S.B., is an Associate Professor of Theology at The Catholic University of America and has twice been a Visiting Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University. He has edited or co-edited four previous books, including The Gethsemani Encounter. Father Wiseman is a member of the monastic community of St. Anselm's Abbey in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

1 Journey and Dialogue 3
1 How We Reached This Point: Communication Becoming Communion 4
2 Dialogue and Unity: A Buddhist Perspective 9
2 Ultimate Reality and Spirituality 18
1 Nirvana, Buddhahood and the Spiritual Life 19
2 God, Creation and the Spiritual Life 27
3 Prayer and Meditation 34
1 Mindfulness and Loving-Kindness Meditation 35
2 On Zazen 41
3 Harmony, Dialogue and Meditation 46
4 The Contemplative Life 54
5 Lectio Divina 60
4 Growth and Development 68
1 Stages in the Buddhist Path of Purity 69
2 The Path of Self-Inquiry in Zen Buddhism 74
3 The Path to Calm Abiding 76
4 Prayer as Path 82
5 Spiritual Experiences on the Path of Prayer 88
5 Community and Guidance 99
1 Teaching Meditation in the Buddhist Community 101
2 The Women's Sangha in Taiwan 107
3 The Role of Ch'an Teachers in China 111
4 Spiritual Guidance and the Attainment of Nirvana 117
5 The Spiritual Guide 124
6 Community, Church and the Contemplative Life 129
6 Spirituality and Society 135
1 The Human Family 137
2 Worldly Bodhisattvas: Zen Awakening and Social Transformation 140
3 The Bodhisattva and Society 146
4 Christian Holiness 153
5 Building the Reign of God 159
7 Mind and Virtue 169
1 Mind 170
2 Anger 174
3 Purity 181
4 Stages 184
5 Love 188
6 Humility 192
8 Method and Experience 194
1 Teacher 195
2 Language 201
3 Scripture 203
4 Practice 207
5 Experience 212
6 Discernment 215
7 Grace 218
9 Tragedy and Transformation 226
1 Suffering 227
2 Sacrifice 231
3 Violence 237
4 Social Action 241
5 Tolerance 246
6 Women's Issues 248
7 Unity 252
Epilogue 256
1 A Tribute to Thomas Merton 257
2 A Tribute to Thomas Merton 260
3 Final Reflections 261
Notes 279
List of Participants 287
Glossary 295
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