Documentary and Discussion, Saturday, May 2, from 2:30 pm to 4 pm
Jesus and Buddha: Practicing across Traditions
Please join us for a private screening of a documentary highlighting the lives of three individuals who share their personal religious journey.
We learn how following the path of the Buddha has informed and deepened their understanding of who Jesus was and what he taught. Their experience and insight bring these two liberating archetypes alive in a way that can help guide us through our own confusion and struggle toward lives filled with joy and gratitude, compassion and service.
Robert Kennedy, Hyun Kyung Chung, and Paul Knitter are scholars, teachers and modern mystics who have long been exploring the spiritually nourishing territory where Christian and Buddhist paths meet. As they share with us their experiences "practicing across traditions," we see how these paths lead us beyond the struggle and confusion of a preoccupied life to one that is filled with gratitude and joy, compassion and service.
Father Robert Kennedy is a Jesuit priest and Zen teacher; Chung Hyun Kyung is Professor of Ecumenical Theology and Interfaith Engagement at Union Theological Seminary and a Buddhist Dharma teacher; and Paul Knitter is Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary.
Last year Prof. Emeritus Dr. John Carman from Harvard gave us an insightful talk entitled "Can a Christian be a Good Buddhist."I think you will find this documentary very informative because we actually hear and meet these interfaith believers. – Hoshina Seki, President of the ABSC
Place: American Buddhist Study Center Library, 331 Riverside Drive (between 105 and 106 Streets)
We continue to provide meaningful Buddhist programs for the community on a consistent basis. Pictured here is Dr. Richard Payne, Dean of IBS (Institute of Buddhist Studies) from Berkeley giving a talk on the Buddhist practice. Others speakers we hosted include Roshi Gentoku Kobayashi a Zen master teacher from Kyoto, Dr. James Dobbins, Religious Professor from Oberlin College and well known Shin Buddhist professor and author, Dr. Alfred Bloom.
"What is most significant about this volume is Monshu Ohtani wrote it in the context of the various problems and crises that have beset humanity in Japan and the world during his tenure. He looks beyond the simply personal nature of religion and its otherworldly character to see the Buddha calling modern people to take the teaching seriously and grip their responsibility to care for the world and society." – Rev. Dr. Alfred Bloom
Today, more than ever, people are seeking inner peace and a path to happiness. In turbulent times when traditional values are in flux, Buddhism can provide spiritual development that can lead to discovery of insight into the true nature of reality.
The American Buddhist Study Center is creating a Buddhist community center for Buddhist seekers and teachers who value the pleasure of the learning process, the importance of inter connectedness and necessity for knowledge.