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The Spiritual Life: A Dialogue of Buddhist and Christian Monastics

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In 1996, His Holiness the Dalai Lama joined with his fellow Buddhist and Christian monastics and scholars at Gethsemani Abbey, Kentucky, to discuss the spiritual life. This book is a unique collection of the extraordinary conversation that took place, as these religious men and women examined the nature of each other's practices, scriptures, experiences, and beliefs through their different lenses. Featuring the thoughts of the Dalai Lama, Ewert Cousins, Ven. Yifa, Mary Margaret Funk, and Zoketsu Norman Fischer, ...

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Overview

In 1996, His Holiness the Dalai Lama joined with his fellow Buddhist and Christian monastics and scholars at Gethsemani Abbey, Kentucky, to discuss the spiritual life. This book is a unique collection of the extraordinary conversation that took place, as these religious men and women examined the nature of each other's practices, scriptures, experiences, and beliefs through their different lenses. Featuring the thoughts of the Dalai Lama, Ewert Cousins, Ven. Yifa, Mary Margaret Funk, and Zoketsu Norman Fischer, The Spiritual Life is a work of grace and discernment from individuals attempting to live with authenticity and humility.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590561737
  • Publisher: Lantern Books NY
  • Publication date: 11/28/2010
  • Series: Gethsemani Encounters Series
  • Pages: 305
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword His Holiness the Dalai Lama ix

Preface Pierre-François De Béthune xi

Introduction Donald W. Mitchell James A. Wiseman xvii

Part 1 Talks on the Spiritual Life

1 Journey and Dialogue 3

1 How We Reached This Point: Communication Becoming Communion Pascaline Coff 4

2 Dialogue and Unity: A Buddhist Perspective Ven. Dr. Havanpola Ratanasara 9

2 Ultimate Reality and Spirituality 18

1 Nirvana, Buddhahood and the Spiritual Life Jeffrey Hopkins 19

2 God, Creation and the Spiritual Life Donald W. Mitchell 27

3 Prayer and Meditation 34

1 Mindfulness and Loving-Kindness Meditation Ven. Dr. Dhammarakkhita 35

2 On Zazen Zoketsu Norman Fischer 41

3 Harmony, Dialogue and Meditation His Holiness the Dalai Lama 46

4 The Contemplative Life James A. Wiseman 54

5 Lectio Divina Mary Margaret Funk 60

4 Growth and Development 68

1 Stages in the Buddhist Path of Purity Ven. Dr. M. Vajiragnana 69

2 The Path of Self-Inquiry in Zen Buddhism Eshin Nishimura 74

3 The Path to Calm Abiding His Holiness the Dalai Lama 76

4 Prayer as Path Pierre-François De Béthune 82

5 Spiritual Experiences on the Path of Prayer Gilchrist Lavigne 88

5 Community and Guidance 99

1 Teaching Meditation in the Buddhist Community Ven. Dr. Chuen Phangcham 101

2 The Women's Sangha in Taiwan Ven. Dr. Yifa 107

3 The Role of Ch'an Teachers in China Ven. Dr. Sheng-Yen 111

4 Spiritual Guidance and the Attainment of Nirvana His Holiness The Dalai Lama 117

5 The Spiritual Guide Sr. Donald Corcoran 124

6 Community, Church and the Contemplative Life Armand Veilleux 129

6 Spirituality and Society 135

1 The Human Family Ven. Maha Ghosananda 137

2 Worldly Bodhisattvas: Zen Awakening and Social Transformation Ven. Samu Sunim 140

3 The Bodhisattva and Society His Holiness the Dalai Lama 146

4 Christian Holiness Joseph Gerry 153

5 Building the Reign of God Ewert Cousins 159

Part 2 Topics in the Spiritual Life

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 Fr. James Conner 257

2 A Tribute to Thomas Merton His Holiness The Dalai Lama 260

3 Final Reflections 261

Notes 279

List of Participants 287

Glossary 295

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