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Meditation, Interfaith Learning, and Social Service: Deep Learning Across Religious Boundaries
February 9, 2013 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
February 9, 2013
Gasson Hall, Boston College
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Co-sponsored by the Boston College Department of Theology and School of Theology and Ministry.
A day-long meditation retreat and interfaith dialogue, taught by John Makransky (Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology, Boston College) and Paul Knitter (Union Theological Seminary). This retreat is for those new to contemplative practice or experienced in it, who serve others in family or community or work for social justice. Participants will learn powerful meditations of compassion and awareness adapted from Tibetan Buddhism for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Such meditations from Buddhism can freshly illumine elements of our own spiritual formation (Christian, Jewish or other), generating new insights into the nature of relationship, service and social action. The meditations evoke an unconditional attitude from within that nourishes all while challenging us to see greater potential in all. We will explore the relevance of contemplative practice for becoming more fully present to self and others, healing inner wounds, and challenging injustice. We will note implications for inter-faith learning and connections to faith-based social activists, such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Thomas Merton and the Dalai Lama. Guided meditations will be interspersed with dialogue between Professors Knitter and Makransky on fresh possibilities of Buddhist-Christian learning in connection with contemplation, service and action. Time will be provided for questions and discussion. For information, contact Gloria Rufo: firstname.lastname@example.org.