In California, Zen-Catholic Dialogue Forms Over Meditation

March 10, 2004

Source: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

On March 10, 2004 U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reported, "Catholic and Buddhist priests, monastics, teachers and community leaders have participated in the second of an anticipated four annual dialogues. The series is sponsored by the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, the San Francisco Zen Center, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The conference took place (March 4-7) at Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA, whose own East-West meditation program led by Fr. Thomas Hand is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year. A popular retreat center and home to the Sisters of Mercy of Burlingame, the Center offered participants tree-dotted, spacious grounds and strolling paths, as well as a labyrinth for contemplative walking. Theme of this year's conference was 'Transformation of Hearts and Minds: Chan.Zen-Catholic Approaches to Precepts.' Chan and Zen are, respectively, the Chinese and Japanese terms for the meditation school of Buddhism."