The Gethsemani Encounter: A Dialogue on the Spiritual Life by Buddhist and Christian Monastics

The Gethsemani Encounter: A Dialogue on the Spiritual Life by Buddhist and Christian Monastics

by Donald W. Mitchell
     
 

In July 1996, an historic five-day meeting of Buddhist and Christian monks and nuns occurred at the Abbey of Gethsemani, the retreat of Thomas Merton.

The book offers 25 presentations on aspects of spirituality by leading Buddhist and Christian practitioners, including the Dalai Lama

The subjects range from ultimate reality and spirituality to prayer and

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Overview

In July 1996, an historic five-day meeting of Buddhist and Christian monks and nuns occurred at the Abbey of Gethsemani, the retreat of Thomas Merton.

The book offers 25 presentations on aspects of spirituality by leading Buddhist and Christian practitioners, including the Dalai Lama

The subjects range from ultimate reality and spirituality to prayer and meditation, and community and spiritual guidance, along with highlights of the actual dialogue itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826410467
Publisher:
Continuum International Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
1Journey and Dialogue3
1How We Reached This Point: Communication Becoming Communion4
2Dialogue and Unity: A Buddhist Perspective9
2Ultimate Reality and Spirituality18
1Nirvana, Buddhahood and the Spiritual Life19
2God, Creation and the Spiritual Life27
3Prayer and Meditation34
1Mindfulness and Loving-Kindness Meditation35
2On Zazen41
3Harmony, Dialogue and Meditation46
4The Contemplative Life54
5Lectio Divina60
4Growth and Development68
1Stages in the Buddhist Path of Purity69
2The Path of Self-Inquiry in Zen Buddhism74
3The Path to Calm Abiding76
4Prayer as Path82
5Spiritual Experiences on the Path of Prayer88
5Community and Guidance99
1Teaching Meditation in the Buddhist Community101
2The Women's Sangha in Taiwan107
3The Role of Ch'an Teachers in China111
4Spiritual Guidance and the Attainment of Nirvana117
5The Spiritual Guide124
6Community, Church and the Contemplative Life129
6Spirituality and Society135
1The Human Family137
2Worldly Bodhisattvas: Zen Awakening and Social Transformation140
3The Bodhisattva and Society146
4Christian Holiness153
5Building the Reign of God159
7Mind and Virtue169
1Mind170
2Anger174
3Purity181
4Stages184
5Love188
6Humility192
8Method and Experience194
1Teacher195
2Language201
3Scripture203
4Practice207
5Experience212
6Discernment215
7Grace218
9Tragedy and Transformation226
1Suffering227
2Sacrifice231
3Violence237
4Social Action241
5Tolerance246
6Women's Issues248
7Unity252
Epilogue256
1A Tribute to Thomas Merton257
2A Tribute to Thomas Merton260
3Final Reflections261
Notes279
List of Participants287
Glossary295

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