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Green Monasticism

A Buddhist-Catholic Response to an Environmental Calamity

Edited by Donald Mitchell and William Skudlarek

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.

200 pp.  
6" x 9"

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Professor Donald Mitchell teaches at Purdue University. He is the co-editor (with James Wiseman) of The Spiritual Life and Finding Peace in Troubled Times. He serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue. See all books by Donald Mitchell
William Skudlarek is a monk of Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota, and Secretary General of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue. In addition to having taught homiletics and liturgy at the School of Theology/Seminary of Saint John's University in Collegeville, he served as a priest associate of the Maryknoll Mission Society in Brazil. From 1994 to 2001 he was appointed to the monastery founded by Saint John’s Abbey in Japan. He has recently been reappointed to that community, Trinity Benedictine Monastery in Fujimi (Nagano prefecture). In 2014 William was named a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. See all books by William Skudlarek

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