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Greeen monasticism

A Buddhist - Catholic Response to an environmental calamity

Lantern Books
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edited by Donald W. Mitchell and William Skudlarek
pp. XII-190, New York
data stampa: 2010
codice isbn: 978159056167

For more than forty years—inspired by the pioneering dialogues of the Trappist monk Thomas Merton, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the Zen master Daisetz T. Suzuki—Buddhist and Christian monastics have been engaged in interfaith colloquies about the similarities and differences between these two great spiritual traditions. In 1996 and 2002, practitioners from Catholicism and various Buddhist traditions met at Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky, the home of Thomas Merton, to discuss spiritual practice and the nature of suffering, respectively.

Green Monasticism is a collection of articles and talks from the third Gethesemani Encounter, which took place in 2008. The theme was the Buddhist and Catholic response to the environmental crisis. In addition to covering a wide range of Catholic thought, the essays come from both the Theravadan and Mahayana traditions and cover both North American and international monastic orders.



Introduction William Skudlarek, OSB

I Thomas Merton and the Looming Ecological Crisis

Paradise Regained Re-lost - Fr. Ezekiel Lotz, OSB

II Buddhist and Christian Teaching on the World and Our Piace in lt

Religious Vision and Ethical Choices

Dependent Origination and the Causes and Conditions behind che Climate Crisis - Ajahn Punnadhammo

The World as Created, Fallen, and Redeemed - Fr. James Wiseman, OSB

III Monastic Rules on the World and Our Life in It Bringing New Awareness to Ancient Yet Living Documents

The Monastic Rules of Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism: The Bhikshu Pattimokha and the Ten Major and Forty-eight Minor Bodhisattva Precepts from the Net of Brahma (Brahmajmala) Sutra - Rev. Heng Sure, PhD

The Rule of Benedict - Sr. Judith Sutera, OSB

IV Monasticism and the Consumer Society

The Monastic Instinct to Revere, to Conserve, to Be Content with Little, and to Share - Rev. Eko Little

Christian Monasticism and Simplicity of Life - Fr. Charles Cummings, OCSO

V Contemporary Environmental Practices in American Monastic Communities

Bad Practices Hidden or Justified by Ideology

Saffron and Green in the Clear Forest Pool: A Reflection on the Four Noble Truths and Right Effort - Ayya Tathaaloka Bhikkhuni

Complicity and Conversion - Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB

Good Practices, Ancient and Emerging Good Practices of Buddhist Monastic Communities in North America - Ven. Thubten Semkye

Good Practices of Catholic Monastic Communities in North America - Sr. Renée Branigan, OSB

VI Epilogue: Insights from Dialogue Challenges to Living a Green Spirituality

Birken: The Tradition of the Green Forest Monastery Ajahn Sona

The Monastic Challenge to Respond in Love Sr. Anne McCarthy, OSB

VII Appendix

The Spirituality of Interreligious Dialogue: Shaping a New Ecological Consciousness Dr. Fabrice Blée


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