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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826410467
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
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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