Los Angeles Buddhist Catholic Dialogue
February 1, 2003
International Buddhist Meditation Center
Present: Ven. Karuna Dharma, Lucy Palermino, Mary Ann
Gould, Dickson Yagi, Rev. Kusala, Michael Kerze.
We discussed the planning for the SBCS 2004 conference.
a brief history of John Main and his recovery of an ancient
form of Christian meditation. Fr. Laurence, who will has
been invited as a keynote speaker to the conference, carries
on John Mains
work with the World Christian Meditation Community.
Mary Ann described a conference held in Belfast, Northern Ireland,
concerning the violence there, in which Fr. Laurence participated.
She also described an art exhibit by Fr. Moore, art about Cries
of the Earth, that could be exhibited at the SBCS conference,
and will try to talk to him about it.
Yagi talked about the largest Shingon Temple in Kuyushi (sp?)
in Japan where a fire walking ceremony is performed Dickson
has participated in it. A priest with a sword runs through
a huge wood fire and suggested such a ceremony might be a
dramatic event at the conference.
We also noted the
importance of advertising at the Religious Education Conference
held in February of each year in Anaheim. Sponsored by the archdiocese
of Los Angeles and the diocese of Orange, it is the largest
such event in the nation and draws several thousands of individuals
We shared our concerns about the escalating movements towards
war in Iraq, remarking on the Popes statements about
it and those of the Catholic bishops, and we explored issues
of violence from both Buddhist and Christian perspectives.