Intimate Meanderings should be required reading in every Jesuit tent."
We hope our book finds its way into your tent too. We have attempted to start, or enhance, conversations about some of life’s concerns that are worth talking about: hospice care in the context of living life fully; both western and eastern spirituality, from Buddhist meditation practice to modern reflections on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius; taking action and making a difference in the world as spiritual practice; and working with the paths of teaching and creativity.
Although a website is not quite the same as being able to go into a bookstore, pick up book, and thumb through it, in an attempt to recreate some of that experience we’ve posted articles, poems, reflections, and conversations from the book. They are all offered in the spirit of friendship.
Among the friends who wrote pieces and shared their perspectives in Meanderings are several former Jesuits and one Jesuit, Buddhists, Christians with strong Buddhist leanings, Hindus, women, activists, academics and teachers. We are: Rufina Amaya, Dan Berrigan, Gene Bianchi, Bob Brophy, Morgan Zo-Callahan, "Ed," Don Foran, Sam Haycraft, Ken Ireland, Jiyu-Kennet, Bob Kaiser, John Lounibos, Don Maloney, Doug McFerran, Joe Mitchell, Eng Moy, Robert Rahl, Elizabeth Russell, Gary Schouborg, Rebecca Sheppard, Joyce Sin, Dilip Trasi, Nitin Trasi, Dave W. Van Etten, and Harry Wu.
Here is a taste of what is available in Meanderings. John Lounibos’s account of his experience studying the Sufi mystic and scholar Al-Ghazali, My Path to Islam, points to a possible spiritual opening to Islam and Western Muslims after the events of 9/11. Ken Ireland's Buddha, S.J. is a careful reconstruction of the real encounter in 1549 between St. Francis Xavier and a Zen roshi. It is, as far as we know, the first recorded encounter between European Christianity and Zen. Jesuit interest in ZenThe Path of No-Seeking, Morgan wrote about Master Adi Da (Franklin Jones), and shares his experience of being Da's student.
If you scroll down the Table of Contents below, you will find links to other interesting articles.
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