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 Robert A. Jonas, who is a Christian in the Carmelite tradition and has received spiritual formation in Buddhist traditions. Currently a student of Sui-Zen, the Japanese bamboo flute (shakuhachi), he is an active member of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, a founding member of the Ruah Institute in Boston, and founder and director of The Empty Bell. He is the author of Rebecca: A Father's Journey from Grief to Gratitude. This video is the fascinating story of his own spiritual journey, and the insights he has gleaned from his encounter with both sides of the dialogue. It also includes a few minutes of Robert playing the flute.