27-31 May, 2015 - Gethsemani hosts the fourth Gethsemani encounter




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The Abbey was pleased to host the fourth Gethsemani Encounter.

The Gethsemani Encounter is an opportunity for Christian and Buddhist monks and nuns to meet in dialogue about their respective faith traditions and to share their experiences of monastic life with each other.

This encounter was primarily intended to share practices rather than to present academic papers. To that end, the Buddhists attended the choir services of the monks, and the Christians shared in meditation periods with the Buddhists.

Many of the participants have known each other from previous encounters and from Nuns and Monks In the West, the other major events of this type. Friendships were renewed and new friendships made.

The open sharing and friendship between the participants seek to make communication and compassion rather than prejudice and misunderstanding the basis of relations between religions.

This is the fourth in a series of Gethsemani encounters stretching back to the ground-breaking meeting in 1996 which was attended by the Dalai Lama.

The Gethsemani Encounters have been sponsored by MID, Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, a Vatican mandated group headed by the Benedictine Order with ties to both the Cistercian Orders.