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Catholics and Buddhists from five U.S. cities have issued a joint statement expressing their commitment to work together to help lift their communities out of poverty and remedy other social ills in their neighborhoods.

This new, practical approach to interreligious dialogue marks a shift from the more traditional discussions aimed at mutual knowledge and understanding to a greater emphasis on planned collaboration for social projects.

“I see it as a reflection of a maturing of the relationship, where the dialogue shifts from verbal understanding to cooperation in community service,” said Ronald Kobata of the Buddhist Church of San Francisco.

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Re: New focus for U.S. Buddhist-Catholic dialogue: social justice
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2015, 08:56:57 am »
That's great. In the end we are all just humans after all. We must work harmoniously with one another.v :hug:
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Re: New focus for U.S. Buddhist-Catholic dialogue: social justice
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2015, 03:47:36 am »
Any potential co-operation between the Faiths of the world is to be welcomed. Just before his untimely death in Bangkok the Catholic Trappist monk Thomas Merton spoke of a fundamental unity of humankind:-

True communication on the deepest level is more than a simple sharing of ideas, conceptual knowledge, or formulated truth...............And the deepest level of communication is not communication, but communion. It is wordless, it is beyond words, and it is beyond speech, and it is beyond concept. Not that we discover a new unity. We discover an older unity. My dear brothers and sisters, we are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.

( I added "sisters" to save Merton's blushes........ :) )

When one of the first Buddhist missionaries, Bodhidharma, taught in China he spoke of there being many avenues of entry into the Way, one of which was "by principle", which Bodhidharma amplified as being to deeply believe that all living beings have the same real essential nature, yet veiled by outside elements and false ideas and thus often cannot manifest completely.

Recognition of such a unity goes a long way towards a unity of purpose and co-operation with respect to social projects.

There is always individual choice involved, both in joining in with such projects, and with seeing unity rather than those things that will divide. Thomas Merton, in as much as he always sought to emphasise experience (which has the potential to unite) over "doctrine" (which has a greater potential to divide), had made his own "choice". In a letter to the "zen man" D T Suzuki he wrote..........

I want to speak for this Western world.................which has in past centuries broken in upon you and brought you our own confusion, our own alienation, our own decrepitude, our lack of culture, our lack of faith...........If I wept until the end of the world, I could not signify enough of what this tragedy means. If only we had thought of coming to you to learn something..............If only we had thought of coming to you and loving you for what you are in yourselves, instead of trying to make you over into our own image and likeness. For me it is clearly evident that you and I have in common and share most intimately precisely that which, in the eyes of conventional Westerners, would seem to separate us. The fact that you are a Zen Buddhist and I am a Christian monk, far from separating us, makes us most like one another. How many centuries is it going to take for people to discover this fact?......

 


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