Christian-Buddhist Links

Tibetan Nativity Scene - Thank You Gift from Dalai Lama for the Way of Peace, India
 A Thangka - sacred wall hanging - given by H. H. the Dalai  Lama to Fr. Laurence Freeman and the World Community for  Christian Meditation in December, 1998. Image © Robert Jonas.

Academic and Monastic Resources:

--www.society-buddhist-christian-studies.org (The best resource for Buddhist-Christian events in the academic vein is the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies).

--muse.jhu.edu/journals/buddhist-christian_studies
(If you have some theological training or enjoy a little academic reflection on the Buddhist-Christian dialogue, subscribe to the once-a-year publication, Buddhist-Christian Studies or just read some fascinating online articles here).

-- http://monasticdialog.com/a.php?id=330  (A center for Buddhist-Christian Dialogue that is led by monks and nuns from many Catholic traditions, in dialogue with Buddhist monks and nuns.  Occasionally, their retreats are open to lay people).

Contemplative Retreats & Buddhist-Christian Resources:

For those who want to attend Buddhist-Christian retreats go to:

--  www.mkzc.org/zen (The Maria Kannon Zen Center is led be Ruben Habito, a former Jesuit priest who is an ordained Zen master)

--www.wccm.org  (World Community for Christian Meditation: Retreats led by Benedictine priest and monk, Fr. Laurence Freeman.  See also essays about key contemplative Christian writings and writers at WCCM’s page for teachers, at: www.schoolforteachers.org/resources.html)

-- http://kennedyzen.tripod.com  (Retreats led by Jesuit priest and Zen master, Fr. Robert E. Kennedy).

--www.centeringprayer.com  (Retreats in the Trappist tradition, led by he founder of Contemplative Outreach, Fr. Thomas Keating).

--www.spencerabbey.org/retreats   (Ask for Fr. Kevin Hunt who is a Trappist monk and Zen master, and who also leads retreats at the Kwan Um School of Zen at:  www.kwanumzen.com).

--www.deserthouseofprayer.org  (Retreats in the contemplative Franciscan Christian tradition).

--www.resecum.org/Pages/Retreats.aspx  (Retreats in the Carmelite tradition, led by Mary Jo Meadow, and often co-led by Fr. Kevin Culligan and Fr. Daniel Chowning, under the umbrella of Resources for Ecumenical Spirituality.  See also Carmelite writings in the contemplative tradition at: www.carmelite.org.uk/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_CARMELITE_SPIRITUALITY_7.html

-- www.laycontemplative.org  (See a list of contemplative Christian retreat and teaching centers.  In particular, see the Osage Monastery (Benedictine) in Oklahoma.  Contemplative Christian retreats with an openness to Hindu and Zen practices.

--www.crosscurrents.org/Ingram2.htm   (A past President of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, Paul O. Ingram, has published a fine, short essay on the dialogue).

--www.innerexplorations.com/ewtext/east-wes.htm  (Many original essays and interviews of leaders in the Buddhist-Christian dialogue can be found here--a site chock full of resources at the nexus of Christian mysticism, Asian spirituality and Jungian psychotherapy:

--www.innerexplorations.com/catew/10.htm  (See here, an Inner Explorations video-interview with Robert A. Jonas).

--www.urbandharma.org/bcdialog  (Another important Internet resource created by wanderingBuddhist monk, social activist and musician, Rev. Kusala at his Urban Dharma.

--www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Temple/6198/christianbuddhist.html  (A gathering place for discussion of Buddhist-Christian topics)

--http://www.zenchristianity.uni.cc (A portal for the study of Zen Christianity)