Buddhists and Christians around the world have entered into dialogue, and as this dialogue has deepened some of them have taken it within themselves. They have not only studied the beliefs of their dialogue partners, but have gone on voyages of discovery that embrace both Buddhist and Christian spiritual practices.
In this series of profiles we are going to meet some of these inner explorers, hear their stories, and try to catch a glimpse of how they are bringing these spiritual practices into harmony within themselves.
In this video we visit Donald W. Mitchell, who is Professor of Comparative Philosophy of Religion at Purdue University. Originally raised as a Christian, he took up the practice of Zen Buddhism as a young man, and then returned to Christianity. This spiritual journey led him to become engaged in the Buddhist-Christian dialogue in the United States, Europe and Asia. He is married with four children, and is the author of Spirituality and Emptiness: The Dynamics of Spiritual Life in Buddhism and Christianity.
This video is the fascinating story of his spiritual journey, and the trials and joys he has experienced from his encounter with both sides of the dialogue.