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
Table of Contents
Editor's Preface I. The Trellis II. Freedom and Forgiveness III. Discipline and Spontaneity IV. Tradition and Adaptation V. Leadership and Humility Afterword: Conclusions About a Beginning - David Steindl-Rast, OSB Introduction to St. Benedict's Rule - Mary Margaret Fuck, OSB St. Benedict's Rule - translated by Patrick Barry, OSB, Abbot Ampleforth Abbey
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.