“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – The Dalai Lama
Please join us for the Pisgah Academy on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., when we will bring this Message of Compassion to Pisgah. We will be led by Father Joe Mitchell.
We live in troubled times, rife with a great number of interwoven political, social, and environmental challenges. No single individual, group, or entity is able to address these challenges adequately; they will only be solved by a wide array of communities, working together. While they may beg for legislative, economic, and other technocratic solutions, our problems ultimately stem from a lack of love, kindness, and compassion. The beginning of healing will be the cultivation of these qualities in our own hearts and the hearts of our communities, from our local neighborhood to our global human family. We turn to our faith traditions for guidance.
Though the religions of Christianity and Buddhism are different in many significant ways, the messages of Jesus and Buddha have a common resonance. They both taught a way or path of internal purification and transformation. They both sought to instill in their disciples a new way of seeing and being in the world. They both advocated a life of compassion and care.
Fr. Joe Mitchell, a Catholic priest and longtime member of the Passionist religious order, has devoted decades to exploring and teaching the common ground between Christianity and Buddhism, particularly in terms of similar contemplative practices drawn from Buddhist mindfulness and the Christian contemplative tradition. Join us for this inspiriting conversation as we explore the shared goals of the Christian and Buddhist traditions – finding inner peace, becoming a compassionate human being, and creating a more peaceful world.
Hank Graddy and Kyle Kramer
Schedule: the Academy–from 9:00 a.m. to noon
Lunch: at noon, $10.00 contribution requested