Program Details

Interfaith Gathering - Dinner, Movie, Discussion


with Gerard Van Gils
December 13 / 6:30 PM - December 13 / 8:30 PM

Please join Shambhala members and friends at our center for this open, interfaith event. The evening
features a delicious potluck dinner to be enjoyed while watching the movie Jesus and the Buddha, followed by an open discussion on the value of interfaith dialogue and cooperation in the development of strong communities.

Attendance is free, ALL are welcome! Bring a dish, if you wish.

About the film:

Three leading figures in today’s Buddhist-Christian dialogue share their personal journeys in the new documentary “Jesus and Buddha: Practicing Across Traditions.” We learn how following the path of the Buddha has informed and deepened their understanding of who Jesus was and what he taught. Their experience and insight bring these two liberating archetypes alive in a way that can help guide us through our own confusion and struggle toward lives filled with joy and gratitude, compassion, and service. The film features: Father Robert Kennedy, a Jesuit priest and Zen teacher; Chung Hyun Kyung, Professor of Ecumenical Theology and Interfaith Engagement at Union Theological Seminary and a Buddhist Dharma teacher; and Paul Knitter, Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary.

Shambhala Vision & Community:

It is the Shambhala view that every human being has a fundamental nature of goodness, warmth and intelligence. This nature can be cultivated through meditation, following ancient principles, and it can be further developed in daily life, so that it radiates out to family, friends, community and society.

We strive to foster a welcoming atmosphere free of prejudice and to develop an inclusive and enlightened society. Everyone is welcome at our center regardless of religion, spiritual tradition or teachers, path of practice, opinions, class, nationality, culture, ethnicity, race, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, or physical, perceptual or mental abilities. Our centers around the world are committed to creating a practice, study, and work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.

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