in 1968, he wrote, “I see no contradiction between Buddhism and Christianity..." Read: Thomas Merton’s Encounter with Buddhism and Beyond: His Interreligious Dialogue, Inter-MonasticExchangesand Their Legacy
A Christian is supposed to evangelize those from Eastern religions, present them with the gospel rather than assimilate their mystical insights. That's what the great commission was all about. That is what the crux of our opposition is all about. As a movement, those who practice contemplative prayer, on the whole, tend to develop spiritual kinship to Eastern religions, especially Buddhism. Thomas Keating
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Thomas Merton said: "I see no contradiction between Buddhism and Christianity ... I intend to become as good a Buddhist as I can."
(David Steindl-Rast, "Recollection of Thomas Merton's Last Days in the West" (Monastic Studies, 7:10, 1969)
Why did Merton say that? What did he mean? The story leading to Merton's comment is a model for and recapitulation of the emergent and still emerging Buddhist—Christian interreligious dialogue, perhaps one of the more obscure yet more significant events occurring today." By Alan Altany
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