Skip to comments.Former Seminary Now a Leading Buddhist Retreat House
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 institutes three spiritual advisers is a priest: Father Thomas Keating, the 88-year-old Trappist and leader of the centering-prayer movement.
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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.
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.
Ummmm....why would a Trappist monk (Cistercian) be a spiritual advisor to the Buddhists?
What connection am I missing?
Buddhism is not a religion. One can be a Christian or any other denomination Buddhist.
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.
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.
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.
Name a Christian church that will say you can be Buddhist and Christian.
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.
That is something to think about.