Fr. Thomas Keating is a Catholic priest and Trappist monk who has made an important contribution to the centered prayer movement and interfaith spirituality. He was convened the snowmass conference and a member of the international interfaith movement. He wrote the following report: A report on the experience of ongoing interfaith dialogue could be useful at this stage. In 1984, I invited a group of spiritual teachers from a variety of world religions – Buddhists, Tibetan Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Islamists, Indians, Russian Orthodox, Protestants and Roman Catholics – to gather at St. Benedict`s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado, to meditate in silence and share our personal spiritual journeys, especially the elements of our respective traditions that have been most useful to us along the way. We did not keep any records and we did not publish any documents. As our trust and friendship grew, we felt moved to consider various points on which we seemed to agree. The original points of agreement were dealt with at subsequent meetings, when we met each year for a week. Our most recent list consists of the following eight points: we did not keep any records and we did not publish any documents. As our trust and friendship grew, we felt moved to consider various points on which we seemed to agree. The original points of agreement were dealt with at subsequent meetings, when we met each year for a week.
Our most recent list consists of eight points: the conference, organized since 1984 by Father Thomas Keating of St Benedict`s Monastary in Snowmass, Colorado, invited “deep practitioners” from Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Native American and Islamic traditions to compare, link and clarify notes. One of the results was the distillation of some profound convergences that are shared by each participant. To learn more about these lectures, check out Nethanel Miles-Yepez`s book, The Common Heart: An Experience of Interreligious Dialogue. I copied the 8 points of the agreement below and added some personal notes as enumeration points. What do you think of these eight points of agreement? Do you think they are good, informative, false, insufficient, problematic? Do you think they could help us find common spiritual ground in the world? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Rabbi Hoffman`s first visit to Snowmass was in 1963, when he was 16 years old. When he returned in 1995, he was not part of a mountain climbing tour, but was to participate in a unique conference of spiritual teachers. We were surprised and pleased to find so many points of resemblance and convergence in our respective ways. Like most people of our time, we expected that we would find virtually nothing together.