Interreligious Hospitality is an enlightening account of one Catholic monk's search for God through dialogue with another religious tradition. Interreligious dialogue will sometimes involve discussions about doctrine, sometimes promote joint action for the common good. But ultimately it is about hospitality: accepting the invitation of others to experience their spiritual practices and welcoming others to experience ours. Pierre de Bethune's engaging description of learning the way of tea" and of living in a Japanese Zen monastery, along with his probing reflections on the meaning of those experiences, shows how the dialogue of religious experience can lead Christians to a deepened faith and a more intense and rewarding spiritual life.
Pierre-François de Bethune, OSB, served as Secretary General of al the regional commissions of Dialogue Interreligious Monastique/Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (DIM/MID) from 1992 to 2007 and continues as editor of the International Bulletin. He is a monk of the monastery of Saint-Andre de Clerlande in Belgium. His previous books include By Faith and Hospitality: The Monastic Tradition as a Model for Interreligious Encounter.
While there is a steady supply of books on interreligious dialogue being published, this book is a unique presentation in this field. The issues are presented clearly and simply, but also with the urgency of a prophetic voice of one whose vision has been sharpened by his extensive experience and struggles in the area of interreligious dialogue.Cistercian Studies Quarterly