Yesterday I gave a mid-day reflection at the University of St. Thomas School of law on spirituality across faith traditions. Drawing on some of the themes I develop in the book I am currently writing adatping Tibetan Buddhist analytical meditations for Christians, my talk addressed both the value of inter-faith dialogue and some of the common values and understandings that underly the major faith traditions.
After my talk, we had a discussion in which some of the participants talked about the views they had of other faith traditions growing up and, in particular, the suspicion that exists even today by some Christians about anything that originates outside of their own religion.
My hope is that programs such as those we had today can help dissipate such suspicion and fear. As I stressed during my talk the goal of inter-faith dialogue is not to suggest that there are no differences among religions; such a claim is both foolish and potentially dangerous. Despite differences, however, there are points of real convergences among religions and truths to be found in religions other than our own. Exploring those can help deepen our own faith.
You can find a podcast of the talk I gave today here. (The poscast runs for 25:15.)