Contemplative Dialogue

Outreach Of
The World

Monday 31st August 2020

10:30am - 4:00pm

The Contemplative Consciousness Network

A Contemplative Dialogue
with Ria Weyens and Eva Natanya

One in the One Who is Love:

Exploring Common Ground between Christianity and Buddhism

We live in a critical period of transition within the history of our world.

Universal human questions resound everywhere, challenging us to transcend the traditional boundaries set by one religion or another:

  • How are we to deal with suffering in our own heart and in the world?
  • How are we to find happiness in the midst of so much division, fear and global crisis?
  • How can the rich wisdom traditions offered to us by Jesus Christ and by the Buddha Shakyamuni help us to work together for greater peace and reconciliation in our world?

In this dialogue we will explore the transformative vision and some core
contemplative practices found within both Christianity and Buddhism.

  • Are there points of genuine common ground between both traditions?
  • What can we learn from each other?
  • What can we give to each other?
  • Do we dare to follow both paths simultaneously, perhaps finding along the way a single path to spiritual perfection?

‘The contemplative dialogue between Christianity and Buddhism is very important for world peace today. By meditating and sharing together, we will discover the contemplative transformative dimension in the wisdom of Jesus, which has long been neglected and underdeveloped in the West. Meditating and sharing from silence makes us realize that we are brothers and sisters, that we are one. Our origin, meaning and destiny of life lie in the One: the Unborn, the Imperishable, the Immortal, the Universal Mystery of Love’.

Ria Weyens

To Register For This Event:

Full £40 / Low Income £30

There are a restricted number of Bursaries available also

Contact: Kate Coombs: meditatio@wccm.org – 020 7278 2070

Ria Weyens

Ria Weyens holds a degree in Religious Studies from the University of Leuven. After a monastic formation in Belgium, she went to India and lived for one year in the ashram of Fr. Bede Griffiths.

She is the co-founder of a new monastic community for women in South India.

When she returned to Europe she worked for several years in the international center of the World Community for Christian Meditation in London.

In England she followed a Buddhist-inspired psychotherapeutic training: the Core Process Psychotherapy. In the Netherlands she continued her training at the School of ‘Being Orientation’.

Ria is one of the initiators of Christian Meditation in Belgium and founder of the Minnehof: a center for contemplation in action in the Beguinage of Bruges: www.minnehof.be.

She is an associate of the Bonnevaux community, the international meditation and retreat centre of the World Community for Christian Meditation. It serves global peace and unity among all traditions through dialogue, silence and friendship.

Ria is author of the book “From Wound to Wonder”, about the healing power of compassion in Christian and Buddhist wisdom.

Eva Natanya

Eva Natanya is a scholar of Christian systematic theology and Tibetan Buddhism, with long-term experience in interreligious dialogue worldwide.

She is an academic lecturer, writer, translator, retreat leader, and teacher of meditation.

Following a nine-year career as a professional ballet dancer with both the New York City Ballet and the Royal Ballet of England, she earned an MA in Christian Systematic Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, and a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia.

She is the editor of Open Mind: View and Meditation in the Lineage of Lerab Lingpa (2018) and co-editor of Fathoming the Mind: Inquiry and Insight in Düdjom Lingpa’s Vajra Essence (2018), both by Dr. B. Alan Wallace.

Her own work explores the deep connections between Christian and Buddhist thought at rigorous levels of theology, ethics, mysticism, and contemplative prayer. She has co-authored a book on living Resurrection faith as a contemplative practice (forthcoming Fall 2020).

Eva spends the majority of each year in solitary meditation retreat, living in remote mountains of Colorado. Her website is: www.evanatanya.com

To Register For This Event:

Full £40 / Low Income £30

There are a restricted number of Bursaries available also

Contact: Kate Coombs: meditatio@wccm.org – 020 7278 2070

Venue

The Meditatio Centre

The World Community for Christian Meditation,

St Mark’s,

Myddelton Square,

London EC1R 1XX