Patrick Henry Benedict's Dharma

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Benedict's Dharma

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Four prominent Buddhists discuss Saint Benedict's Rule and the monastic tradition. Four prominent Buddhist scholars turn their attention to the classic text of Western Monasticism- The Rule of St Benedict. Through personal anecdotes and thoughtful comparison, they reveal how the widsom of each monastic tradition can revitalise the other. Norman Fischer Joseph Goldstein Judith Simmer-Brown Yifa 'Benedict's Dharma combines the thrill of watching a dazzling performance with the secret pleaseure of revesdropping on a private conversation. In commenting on the rule of St Benedict, the contributors are not trying to say anything new or startling, yet, for that very reason, they do. I am deeply grateful for this book. Brother David Steindl-Rast OSB

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When four senior Buddhists sit down to discuss the rules of Christian monasticism, ideas fly. In Benedict's Dharma, Zen priest Norman Fisher, meditation teacher Joseph Goldstein, professor Judith Simmer-Brown, and Yifa, a nun of the Chinese Buddhist tradition, flesh out The Rule of Saint Benedict, which has guided the organization and daily life of the Western Christian monastic tradition since the ninth century. Time after time, these Buddhists find in The Rule of Saint Benedict, which is included in its entirety, points that resonate with the their own experiences--points such as an emphasis on reverence, a pragmatic mindset, and the need for hard work and practice. From these agreements, as well as out of some marked differences, come lively evaluations of both Buddhist and Christian practices. And in the end, as the Christian monk David Steindl-Rast says in his "Afterword," the resources of the monastic tradition, for lay people as much as for monks, still have much to offer everyday life. Taking a Christian text as a source of inspiration for Buddhism offers a new rapprochement for those who have fled to Buddhism from a Christian upbringing. And for the Christian faithful, it offers a fresh perspective on a revered but musty classic. --Brian Bruya

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Patrick Henry is executive director of the Institute of Ecumenical and Cultural Research at St. John's Abbey & University, Minnesota. Author of The Ironic Christian's Companion and For the Sake of the World: The Spirit of Buddhist & Christian Monasticism.

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