A Buddhist- Catholic Conference on Suffering
The second Gethsemani
Encounter took place at Gethsemani Abbey, Kentucky from April
13 to April 18, 2002. The dialogue was over 30 scheduled hours,
with 22 presentations from Buddhists and Catholics.
Each day featured speakers who spoke on a particular theme concerning
Thomas Keating and
Henepola Gunaratana opened the conference, followed, on Sunday,
by Joseph Goldstein, Columba Stewart, Mary Margaret Funk, and
Blanche Hartman discussing suffering caused by a sense of unworthiness
On Monday, Geshe
Lobsang Tenzin read a text from His Holiness the Dalai Lama,
Kathy Lyzotte, Thubten Chodron, and James Wiseman discussed
suffering caused by greed and consumerism.
On Tuesday, Geshe
Lobsang Tenzin, Dan Ward, Stephanie Kaza, and Mary Collins discussed
suffering caused by personal and structural violence.
On Wednesday, John
Daido Loori, Margaret Michaud, Ajahn Sundara, and Donald Grabner
discussed suffering caused by sickness and aging.
On Thursday, Norman
Fischer and Leo Lefebure summed up what had happened over the
course of the conference.
After each presentation there was a discussion among the assembly.
You can read this discussion by clicking on the relevant days
on the menu bar. There is also a list of participants, the music
played during the conference, the rituals, and links to organizations
affiliated with the speakers. Audio recordings of the summary
reflections by Norman Fischer and Leo Lefebure are also available.
The collected essays for this conference will be published in
a book in 2003 by Doubleday.
the Gethsemani II Conference...
The central office of "Monastic Interreligious Dialogue"
is producing a set of audiotapes from the Gethsemani Encounter.
The set will allow the listener to hear not only all of the
opening presentations from each session but also the dialogue
that followed. Dennis Skelton's superb recorder music will also
be included. The complete set of twelve tapes will sell for
$150. To purchase the set, or to make further inquiries, please
Mary Margaret Funk, OSB
Executive Director, MID
Our Lady of Grace Monastery
1402 Southern Avenue
Beech Grove, IN 46107-1197
A Gethsemani II Photo Album
The Gethsemani II Conference Web-Site