Monday, June 8, 2009
Finding Resonance Across Religious Traditions
A brief post- just got back from dinner with Venerable Robina Courtin, the Aussie Tibetan Buddhist nun I know through my friend Aliki in NYC. Remember that we had run into each other serendipitously on the same flight to Melbourne about a month ago. Robina has been fundraising for the many projects that she is supporting these days, in particular, a prison ministry to the incarcerated. We met up down at Manly Beach near Sydney for another deep chat about issues and themes of mutual interest... just a delight. It is wonderful and remarkable to me how people who deeply rooted in their religious traditions yet on a similar wavelength of mind and heart can have so much more in common rather than less. It gives me hope that despite the obvious tensions that arise between people of different faiths, that when we stay close to our experience and put our energies into practical affairs oriented toward the common good, we can collaborate for the benefit and wellbeing of human society.