Benedict’s Dharma, edited by Patrick Henry with an afterword by David Steindl-Rast and a translation of the rule by Patrick Barry

Monastics from diverse religious traditions the world over face similar opportunities, challenges and frustrations. Shortly before his death in 1968, Thomas Merton met the young Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, and the two monks quickly formed a close bond. In July 1996, the Dalai Lama met with some 50 Buddhist and Catholic leaders at Merton's monastery, Gethsemani Abbey near Louisville, Kentucky, for a week of reflection on monastic life and values. When Catholic monks and nuns repeatedly referred to the rule of St. Benedict, some Buddhist participants became interested in learning more about it. Four of the Buddhists, Norman Fischer, Joseph Goldstein, Judith Simmer-Brown and Yifa, engaged in further reflection and dialogue on the rule, resulting in this engaging volume.

 

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