Religion is becoming more, not less important in the world today. It is urgent that the deep changes taking place in religious consciousness across all faiths and in their relationships are connected to the contemplative power residing at the heart of all the great wisdom traditions.
Meditation opens us to the common ground of humanity – and the essential goodness of human nature. The differences between traditions and cultures are as important and enlightening as their differences. Meditation establishes a spiritual friendship between the members and practicioners of all faiths and ensures that the differences do not become divisions or false justifications for intolerance or violence.
Meditatio initiates and participates in many interfaith endeavours at the local and global level. Meditators are encouraged to build bridges with neighbouring faith communities.
The Good Heart Seminar of 1994 in which the Dalai Lama commented on the Gospels and dialogued with both Christian and Buddhist participants was a ground-breaking model of contemplative interfaith dialogue. It also produced a major book. The Way of Peace initiative led by the Dalai Lama and Laurence Freeman grew from the Good Heart Seminar and has continued to highlight the different forms of dialogue that a contemplative consciousness can enjoy: pilgrimage to each other’s sacred sites, meditative practice together, shared action for peace and justice and religious scholarship.
- For the video of The Good Heart Seminar go here
- For some Way of Peace events go here
- To contact the Meditatio InterFaith Coordinator, email Pauline Peters