His Holiness the Dalai Lama spoke of the differences between Christianity and Buddhism - such as the idea of God – but also the ‘striking similarities and parallels’ between the lives of the founders, their teachings on non-violence, and the progressive stages of spiritual development. This opened a new way of dialogue among religions, wisdom traditions, and secularity using sacred texts or documents as the grounding to find common respect, reverence, humility, humor, and a spirit of friendship (www.wccm.org).
Following the model of this dialogue, the John Main Center will be hosting a conversation among Hoyas about what religion and spirituality mean to them today. A group of fellows will be chosen who will represent a variety of religions, wisdom traditions, and secular backgrounds.
The program will run bi-weekly for two-hour sessions between January and early April. It will include a meditation, a spiritual text for discussion, and open conversation to determine what spirituality is to ‘millennials’. The program will conclude with participation in the Way of Peace Seminar in April.
This is the third installment of the Way of Peace Fellowship following the successful culmination of dialogues at Catholic University and Georgetown. We are excited to continue this dialogue between Georgetown University and Catholic University students.
Full video recordings are available here: https://vimeo.com/album/4608172 and at the John Main Center website: johnmaincenter.org