“The Christian faith tells us that we get the great privilege of participating in God’s work and renewal of all the world, but it also reminds us that ultimately, as the author Tyler Wigg-Stevenson has said, “the world is not ours to save.” Contemplative silence and prayer becomes the means by which we learn the limits of words and action, and where we learn to take up the right words and actions. It’s where we learn to slow down and then to work again at the mysterious pace of the Holy Spirit.“Tish Harrison Warren
Jesus and Buddha Meet in Stillness: An Interspiritual Exploration of Meditation and Contemplative Prayer
Thanks to all who joined us for this wonderful series that explored connections between Buddhist mindfulness meditation and Christian contemplative prayer. Participants were invited to discover how the gifts of these two traditions could enrich their own meditation and contemplative prayer practices. Revisit or discover the series by watching the videos below.
Recommended Resources for further exploration:
- Jesus and Buddha Meet in Stillness by Paul Rietmann*
- Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh*
- Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit: The Place of Zen in Christian Life by Fr. Robert Kennedy*
- Sadhana, A Way to God by Anthony De Mello
- Dr. Kristin Neff’s website focused on Self-Compassion
*Contact Sue Tait to borrow these titles from the diocesan library.
Paul Rietmann is a retired Episcopal priest and spiritual director. He teaches classes on meditation and facilitates contemplative prayer groups. He also leads retreats at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Retreat House on Hood Canal. Paul is the author of Jesus and Buddha Meet in Stillness: A Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness Meditation and Contemplative Prayer.