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Zen/Ch’an-Catholic Dialogue Explores the Path to Spiritual Maturation

Zen/Ch’an-Catholic Dialogue Explores the Path to Spiritual Maturation NEWS AND VIEWS Francis V. Tiso United States Conference of Catholic Bishops The second in a four year series of dialogues between Catholics and Buddhists on the West Coast was held at Mercy Center, Burlingame, California, on the topic "Abiding in Christ; Taking Refuge in the Buddha: Then What?" The January 28­February 2, 2008, meeting was cochaired by Rev. Heng Sure of the Institute for World Religions, Berkeley, California, and John C. Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City, Utah. In his keynote, Bishop Wester observed that one year previous ( January 24­27, 2007) at the City of the Ten Thousand Buddhas, the dialogue considered the topic "Abiding in Christ; Taking Refuge in the Buddha." The participants explored the Buddhist "Refuge" practice, entailing "taking refuge in, or relying upon, the Buddha, his Teachings, and the enlightening Community" (the "Three Jewels" of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha). This was compared with the Catholic sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist). Both practices constitute the basis for entry into the spiritual life for both communities, and both continue to impact the integration of faith with daily life. "Abiding in Christ" and "Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels" are prerequisites for serious engagement http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

Zen/Ch’an-Catholic Dialogue Explores the Path to Spiritual Maturation

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 28 (1) – Nov 14, 2008

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NEWS AND VIEWS Francis V. Tiso United States Conference of Catholic Bishops The second in a four year series of dialogues between Catholics and Buddhists on the West Coast was held at Mercy Center, Burlingame, California, on the topic "Abiding in Christ; Taking Refuge in the Buddha: Then What?" The January 28­February 2, 2008, meeting was cochaired by Rev. Heng Sure of the Institute for World Religions, Berkeley, California, and John C. Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City, Utah. In his keynote, Bishop Wester observed that one year previous ( January 24­27, 2007) at the City of the Ten Thousand Buddhas, the dialogue considered the topic "Abiding in Christ; Taking Refuge in the Buddha." The participants explored the Buddhist "Refuge" practice, entailing "taking refuge in, or relying upon, the Buddha, his Teachings, and the enlightening Community" (the "Three Jewels" of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha). This was compared with the Catholic sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist). Both practices constitute the basis for entry into the spiritual life for both communities, and both continue to impact the integration of faith with daily life. "Abiding in Christ" and "Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels" are prerequisites for serious engagement

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Buddhist-Christian StudiesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Nov 14, 2008

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