Meditation, Interfaith Learning, and Social Service: Deep Learning Across Religious Boundaries
Saturday, February 9, 9:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Presenters: Paul F. Knitter and John Makransky
Location: Gasson Hall, Room 100, Chestnut Hill Campus
Free of charge.
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Brown bag lunch or purchase at McElroy Commons cafeteria
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Cosponsored by the Boston College Theology Department and the School of Theology and Ministry
This day-long retreat is for those new to contemplative practice or experienced in it, those who serve others in family or community, or those who work in social service or for social-environmental 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 interfaith 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.
Paul F. Knitter is the Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions, and Culture, Union Theological Seminary
John Makransky is associate professor, Boston College Theology Department.