Sharing Sacred Space: Interreligious Dialogue As Spiritual Encounter

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Liturgical Press, Nov 30, 2009 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 119 pages
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If interreligious dialogue is to bear fruit of mutual understanding, respect, and peace, it needs to be rooted in the specific spiritual space of each religious tradition. For Christians, that milieu is Jesus space, shaped by faith in the paschal mysteries and nurtured by prayer, study, and love. With this as his starting point Benot Standaert invites us to join him as he visits different religious spacesthose of Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and agnosticsto show how we can live in peace with those who dwell in a spiritual space that is different from our own.

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Contents

Chapter 2
39
Jesus and Buddhism
61
Jesus and Unbelief
89
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Benoit Standaert is a Benedictine monk of Saint Andrew's Abbey in Bruges, Belgium. He teaches Scripture, spirituality, and interreligious dialogue. After completing a doctorate at the University of Nijmegen on the composition and literary genre of the Gospel of Mark, he published numerous works on Scripture and spirituality in Dutch, several of which have been translated into French and Italian. His most recent work (2007 Dutch; 2009 French) is on spirituality as the art of living and contains numerous references to different practices of the spiritual life.

William Skudlarek, OSB, is a monk of Saint John's Abbey and administrative assistant to the abbot. In addition to having taught theology and homiletics at Saint John's University, he served as a Maryknoll Associate in Brazil and was a member of Saint John's Abbey's priory in Japan. During his years in Japan he began to practice zazen with the Sanbyo Kyodan. After serving for five years as president and then executive director of the North American branch of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, he was appointed General Secretary of Dialogue Interreligieux Monastique/Monastic Interreligious Dialogue in September 2007.

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