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When God Disappears ( Robert Kennedy )

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Manufacturer: Fr. Robert Kennedy
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  Track Title Length
3.   CD 1Approaching Buddhism 00:02:04
3.   CD 2 All Things Are Independent 00:01:53
2.   CD3 Delusion & Enlightment 00:03:42
7.   CD4 Foregiveness 00:01:27

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As a Christian Fr. Kennedy has found meaning and deep reverence in the practice of Zen Buddhism.  He conducts sesshins (Zen retreats) in the United States, Mexico and Ireland.  They reflect the Jesuit statement on mission and inter-religious dialogue, which calls on Jesuits to be familiar with other religious traditions and even immerse with them in theological exchange and a dialogue of life, action and religious experience.

While still young Fr. Kennedy went to Japan to teach at the Jesuit University in Tokyo. He found himself confronted by a foreign culture indiffenent to Christianity and to much that was dear to him.  This incited him to enter into dialogue with Zen.

In these talks given at the John Main Seminar 2009 Fr. Kennedy uses the traditional Zen approach to teaching through questioning and through art.  The talks are structured around twelve koans ( a story, question, or statement whose meaning can't be accessed by rational thinking yet may be understood by intuition).  The koans beautifully illustrated by Amy Yee's paintings and by Fr. Kennedy's calligraphy, can be found in the elegant leaflet enclosed with the CD's

 

CD1

Introduction and Talk 1

  1. Welcome and Introduction- Laurence Freeman OSB…….6:06
  2. Background – Robert Kennedy SJ………………………...........12:25
  3. Approaching Buddhism…………………………………….................9:26
  4. Interfaith Work…………………………………………….....................8:55
  5. ‘Do not squander your life…………………………………..............7:29
  6. ‘One insight opens three thousand worlds’....…………………3:43
  7. ‘The Way is fundamentally without words’…....……………...6:29

CD2

Talk 2

  1. Unknowing.........................................................................8:43
  2. ‘Do not judge by any standard……………………………….....................17:05
  3. ‘All things are interdependent and their nature impermanent’….8:29
  4. ‘The dragon roars in the dead tree…………………………....................4:57

 

CD3

Talk 3

  1. The Creator Wanes………………………………………….........................13:40
  2. ‘Delusion and enlightenment are not two…………………….............3:45
  3. ‘The bright moon does not shine to guide the night traveler’.2:43
  4. ‘Outside of the tree there is no fragrance’……………………...........4:54
  5. Creeds are evolving variable statements of faith……………........7:33

Talk 4

  1. Humanity Waxes – Creation Waxes…………………………................3:31
  2. ‘True emptiness is marvelous existence’……………………..............1:59
  3. ‘How do you proceed on from the top of a pole’………….........….6:28
  4. ‘Her nature is wise: she has an elegant heart like an orchid’…0:48
  5. The Elegant Life………………………………………………...........................9:11

 

CD4

Discussion

Robert Kennedy & Laurence Freeman – moderated by Ruth Fowler…51:00

 

 

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