Growing in Love and Wisdom: Tibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian Meditation by Susan J. StabileGrowing in Love and Wisdom: Tibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian Meditation by Susan J. Stabile

Growing in Love and Wisdom: Tibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian Meditation

bySusan J. Stabile

Hardcover | October 11, 2012

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In Growing in Love and Wisdom, Susan Stabile draws on a unique dual perspective to explore the value of interreligious dialogue, the essential spiritual dynamics that operate across faith traditions, and the many fruitful ways Buddhist meditation practices can deepen Christian prayer.Raised as a Catholic, Stabile devoted 20 years of her life to practicing Buddhism and was ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun before returning to Catholicism in 2001. She begins the book by examining the values and principles shared by the two faith traditions, focusing on the importance of prayer -particularly contemplative prayer - to both Christianity and Tibetan Buddhism. Both traditions seek to effect a fundamental transformation in the lives of believers, and both stress the need for experiences that have deep emotional resonance, that go beyond the level of concepts to touch the heart.Stabile illuminates the similarities between Tibetan Buddhist meditations and Christian forms of prayer such as Ignatian Contemplation and Lectio Divina; she explores as well such guided Buddhist practices as Metta and Tonglen, which cultivate compassion and find echoes in Jesus' teachings aboutloving one's enemies and transcending self-cherishing. The heart of the book offers 15 Tibetan Buddhist practices adapted to a contemplative Christian perspective. Stabile provides clear instructions on how to do these meditations as well as helpful commentary on each, explaining its purpose and the relation between the original and her adaptation.Throughout, she highlights the many remarkably close parallels in the teachings of Jesus and Buddha. Arguing that engagement between religions offers mutual enrichment and greater understanding of both traditions, Growing in Love and Wisdom shows how Buddhist meditation can be fruitfully joined to Christian prayer.
Susan Stabile is the Robert and Marion Short Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. She is also a spiritual director, trained in the Ignatian tradition.
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Title:Growing in Love and Wisdom: Tibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian MeditationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:October 11, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199862621

ISBN - 13:9780199862627

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: How We Think about Other Faith Traditions1. The Value of Interreligious Dialogue2. Core Truths that Operate Across Faith TraditionsPart II: Adapting Prayer Practices from Another Faith Tradition3. The Importance of Contemplation and Affective Experience4. Why Look to Tibetan Buddhist Meditation?Part III: Analytical Meditations and Commentary5. Friend, Enemy, Stranger6. Tonglen7. Kindness of (M)other Sentient Beings8. Exchanging Self and Others9. The Four Immeasurables10. Meditation on Compassion11. Giving the Four Elements12. Perfect Human Rebirth13. Death14. Impermanence15. Overcoming Anger16. The Eight Worldly Concerns17. Taking Refuge18. Emanating as the Deity19. Meditating on the IPart IV: Other Meditations and Practices20. Meditations to Develop Concentration and Mindfulness21. Other PracticesNotesGlossarySuggestions for further reading