Learning to be present to another: insights for Christians from Buddhism
Learning to be present to another requires more than practical listening skills. A contemplative approach transforms the process of listening into a spiritual endeavor. Concepts from "Buddhist psychology" can deepen our understanding of Christian teachings on how in grow in the ability to be contemplatively present:
- "You do not exist the way you think you do." (Buddhism: no-self)
"Not I, but Christ lives within me." (Christianity: interior freedom)
- "Drop the story and find the feeling." (Buddhism: mindfulness)
"Stay with the inner movement." (Christianity: sacrament of the present moment)
- "Cultivate unconditional friendliness with oneself and all beings." (Buddhism: loving-kindness)
"Abide in loving relationship with self, others and God." (Christianity: Trinitarian love)
Van Ness, Becky, "Learning to be present to another: insights for Christians from Buddhism" (2015). Forum Lectures. 138.
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