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Former Seminary Now a Leading Buddhist Retreat House
Catholic Culture ^ | 7/18/11

Posted on 07/18/2011 8:03:53 AM PDT by marshmallow

A former Capuchin seminary in New York State is now the site of the Garrison Institute, a retreat house where leading Buddhists from across the United States recently gathered. “Crosses still adorn one wall of this former Roman Catholic monastery, but a six-foot golden Buddha now anchors the main room,” the Associated Press reported.

One of the institute’s three spiritual advisers is a priest: Father Thomas Keating, the 88-year-old Trappist and leader of the centering-prayer movement.

American Buddhism Facing Generational Shift

Garrison Institute


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1 posted on 07/18/2011 8:03:56 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

the Buddhists pretty much are the REAL ‘ROP’.

the little Christian Church 2 blocks from my house sold out to make an ‘Islamic center’....

all things considered I would rather have the Buddhists.


2 posted on 07/18/2011 8:13:10 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: marshmallow

A Trappist monk cozying up with the Buddhists?

It brings Thomas Merton to mind. His early books were good, I thought, but he went off the rails in the end, and died in an accident from a faulty electric connection while attending a Buddhist get-together.


3 posted on 07/18/2011 8:20:06 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: marshmallow
What's going on here? Washington Theological Seminary is closing soon also. No money and no peoples?
4 posted on 07/18/2011 8:24:26 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: marshmallow

Ummmm....why would a Trappist monk (Cistercian) be a spiritual advisor to the Buddhists?

What connection am I missing?


5 posted on 07/18/2011 8:39:52 AM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian - "I once was lost, but now am found; was blind but now I see")
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To: reaganaut

Buddhism is not a religion. One can be a Christian or any other denomination Buddhist.


6 posted on 07/18/2011 8:55:34 AM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: stuartcr

One can be a Christian or any other denomination Buddhist.

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First, Buddhism is classified as a Religion not a philosophy professionally among archeologists, historians, religion scholars, sociologists, etc.

No they can’t. Buddhism may allow for an adherent to be a Christian, but Christianity does not allow a Christian to be a Buddhist. Christianity is exclusive and for good reason.


7 posted on 07/18/2011 9:12:16 AM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian - "I once was lost, but now am found; was blind but now I see")
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To: reaganaut

ok


8 posted on 07/18/2011 9:14:06 AM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: Cicero

I remember at the yearly women’s retreat that I had attended back last month, the movie that was offered for those women who wanted to watch was about Thomas Merton. Watched as much as I could before I got so very tired that I had to go to bed. Missed that part of him towards the very end of his life, but he wanted to live more in solitude if my memory is correct.


9 posted on 07/18/2011 9:36:08 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: reaganaut; stuartcr

Buddhism can be nihilistic, monotheistic or polytheistic. Monotheistic Buddhism arose at approximately the time of the growth of Thomistic churches in India. Because much of Buddhism has a “take-or-leave it” approach with beliefs, one can pare away beliefs which are in opposition to Christianity enough that one could be reasonably described as both Buddhist and Christian... but such Christianity may be regarded as heretical (but hardly apostate) in many Christian traditions.


10 posted on 07/18/2011 11:06:13 AM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus

thanks


11 posted on 07/18/2011 11:21:25 AM PDT by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: dangus; stuartcr

Name a Christian church that will say you can be Buddhist and Christian.


12 posted on 07/18/2011 11:37:32 AM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian - "I once was lost, but now am found; was blind but now I see")
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To: reaganaut

The liberal ones say you can, the orthodox ones say you can’t.

One I know of with ordained bishops who are Buddhist is The Episcopal Church.


13 posted on 07/18/2011 12:48:08 PM PDT by dangus
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To: Cicero

That is something to think about.


14 posted on 07/18/2011 10:24:14 PM PDT by johngrace
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