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« on: July 20, 2009, 06:01:59 PM »

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Learn how Eastern Orthodox Christian spirituality provides seekers of our day clear guidance on acquiring stillness, overcoming the passions, dealing with thoughts, and cultivating the virtues, as well as precise teachings on spiritual *deception, all of which* guides seekers more safely and surely on the path to communion with God (Tao – Chinese). In the profound mystical and contemplative tradition of the Christian East, seekers are able to go well beyond the realizations in Eastern religions. It will be a long – awaited answer for those who, having turned away from modern Western religiosity, are drawn to the freshness, directness and simplicity of Lao Tzu and eastern philosophies, and at the same time are strangely, inexplicably drawn back to the all-compelling reality of Jesus Christ.  

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Hieromonk Damascene (Christensen) is an Eastern Orthodox priest, monk and spiritual child of ascetic and spiritual struggler Bl. Father Seraphim Rose, of St Herman of Alaska Monastery, Platina, California. Fr Damascene is the author of Fr Seraphim Rose: His Life And Works and Christ The Eternal Tao, as well as numerous articles on Eastern Orthodox faith, doctrine and spirituality.

Raised a nominal Christian, Fr Damascene came to believe that a personal God or gods was a “less enlightened” spiritual Truth than that of the Trans-Personal experience taught in Buddhism. Through his practice of Zen Buddhism, he experienced what he describes as “darkness, infinite nothingness, existing outside of space and time, where everything is Now and time has no meaning.” After having this experience, he met Father Seraphim Rose lecturing on his college campus (UC Santa Cruz). Fr Seraphim had been a student of Zen with Alan Watts, and of Taoism under a genuine transmitter of the Taoist philosophical tradition, Gi-ming Shen, before becoming an Eastern Orthodox Christian convert and monk. Through an on-going relationship with Fr Seraphim, who became his spiritual father, Monk Damascene came to discover that the Truth was not just an abstract idea, sought and known by the mind, but was something personal – even a Person – sought and loved by the heart. As he later wrote, “And that is how I met Christ.” He was at Fr Seraphim’s bedside when he reposed less than two years later.

Christ, the Eternal TAO Seminar.
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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2009, 06:14:07 PM »

A bit far for me, but I just ordered the book from Amazon.ca. what do you think of the book?
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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2009, 06:20:03 PM »

A bit far for me, but I just ordered the book from Amazon.ca. what do you think of the book?
I read it maybe 10 years ago, but I remember it being suffused with both an expansiveness as well as an intensity not often found within textual form.
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2009, 06:21:13 AM »

Does anyone know of any good articles or books that compare Thomas Merton's Christian interpretation of Buddhism with Father Seraphim Rose's? I think this would be a fascinating subject to study.

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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2009, 09:30:10 AM »

A bit far for me, but I just ordered the book from Amazon.ca. what do you think of the book?

Dunno where you are located, but Hieromonk Damascene is speaking on this subject at St. Tikhon's Seminary and, hopefully, in Philadelphia in about a month. Posted a thread about it here: http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,22979.0.html
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2009, 11:55:00 PM »

Does anyone know of any good articles or books that compare Thomas Merton's Christian interpretation of Buddhism with Father Seraphim Rose's? I think this would be a fascinating subject to study.

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I think I'll write a couple of essays one day...
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2009, 12:20:25 AM »

Does anyone know of any good articles or books that compare Thomas Merton's Christian interpretation of Buddhism with Father Seraphim Rose's? I think this would be a fascinating subject to study.

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I think I'll write a couple of essays one day...

Great! I hope you will post them for us to read. Smiley

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