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THE GUARDIAN, JUNE 11, 1982 PAGE 5 cumenism Is Heading East Iy l)olores I,eckey KNOW YOUR FAITH Sponsored By Arkansas State Council Knights of Columbus I"Prudently and Ugly, through and horation. preserve promote the and moral found among of other ) as well as the in their society culture." Vatican il, "On the of the hristian TIlE ECUMENi('Ai, borders of the late 20th cen- tury are moving eastward. Father Thomas Merton, a monk from Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey in Louisville, Ky., journeyed to the East at the end of his life. There he explored the spiritual insights of non- Christian religions. This monk was one of the best-known Catholic writers of this century. In his spiritual pilgrimage, as he probed the meaning of his own life -- what it meant to be a monk -- he wondered what might be learned from the treasures of prayer and insight that could be found in the East. Ills FINAl. work was a speech in Bangkok to an in- ternational conference of monastic leaders from the East and the West, including Benedictine and Cistercian or Trappist monks of the Catholic Church. In that speech, Father Merton stated his belief that "by openness to Buddhism, to Hinduism and to the great Asian traditions, we stand a wonderful chance of learning more about the potentiality of our own traditions." Father Merton hoped he as a Catholic Christian could learn something through Buddhists, especially about contemplative prayer. He was And A Knob perfect arrangement for your ll'S more intricate than you think. to bring together the best VQdoble Your lawyer Trust YOur accountant Your NewYork E]ch of them has o key port Working with them you 'the rght plan -rson CLU B Insurance Co Bldg AI 72201 For... DIAMOND LIQUORS ie Exit- Highway 67 North Guardian Has Opening For Advertising Representative in Greater Little Rock Generous Commissions Resume To: W.W. O'Donnell, K.S.G. Managing Editor The Guardian P.O. Box 7417 Little Rock, Ark. 72217 There's a NEW Near You! Bakery & Grill 1809 North Grant letween Lou Hoflman's and Tipton & Hurst) * Delicious Lmwheon ,'tlemt * tlot Pastries and Coffee * h'e Cream by the Dip * Eat in - or for Carry Out Call 663-3mll EARLY IN the morning, a temple servant comes to the Buddhist temple near Nagoya, in southern Japan, to prepare the incense for the day. Thomas Merton, author and monk, said "by openness to Buddhism, to Hinduism and to the great Asian traditions, we stand a wonderful chance of learning more about the potentiality of our own traditions, because they have gone ... so much deeper into this tha n we ha ve." ( N C Photo fro m C I R I C) intrigued at the thought that a oral tradition, by learned Buddhist and a Catholic teachers and holy men called resemble each other in "rimpoches." special ways that aren't thought about very much. FATltER MERTON ex- Both carry the image of God. changed views with a number of rimpoches. They discussed A FEW hours after his their different monastic speech, Father Merton (or backgrounds high in the Father Louis, as he was beauty of the Himalayan known in his own Trappist Mountains. monastery) was dead, the The Trappist monk's victim of an accidental journal states: "We started electrocution. It was Dec. 10, out early on a cold morning.. 1968. .looking for Chatral Rim- Father Merton's journey to poche...the greatest rim- the East had become the pocheIhavemetsofar... opportunity for him to visit "Chatral looked like a the places and meet the vigorous old peasant...He people of several world had a week's growth of beard, religions. He appreciated the bright eyes, a strong voice variety of religious ex- and was very articulate, pression in India, from the much more communicative respected cows mingling in than I expected. We had a fine the city traffic to Hindu talk...covering all sorts of mythology, ground." He expressed interest in the mythical followers of Islam, FATliER MERTON wrote the Sufis. St0ry-telling, that he and Chatral "spoke singing and dancing are the about some points of Christian Sufi pathways into mystical doctrine...the risen Christ, experience. Father Merton suffering...The half-spoken had a chance to encounter message of our talk was our some of this vibrant Islamic complete understanding of life in India. each other as people who were somehow at the edge of great realization and knew it...that it was a grace for us to meet ZEN BUDDilISM was an interest of Father Merton's for years, an interest nur- tured by his correspondence with Dr. D.T. Suzuki. Part of this correspondence appears in Father Merton's book, "'Zen and the Birds of Ap- petite." The record of Father Merton's last days on earth are to be found in "'The Asian Journal," published after his death. Central in this collection is his encounter with Buddhism. Tibetan Buddhist monks are taught to meditate by those who are experienced in the ways of meditation. This meditation is handed on. in NAMEI) BISIIOP Washington (NC) -- Pope John Paul II has named Auxiliary Bishop Joseph A. Ferrario, 56, of Honolulu, bishop of that diocese, suc- ceeding Bishop John J. Scanlan, 75. who has been serving as apostolic ad- ministrator of Honolulu since his retirement as head of the See last June. Western Benefit Dance Abba House Friday, June ! !, $:00 P.M. to 12:00 Knights of Columbus Hall, 6253 Camp Robinson Rd., N.L.R. $500 per couple Beer & Set-Ups Available Free Dance Lessons 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. DISCO -WESTERN - MUSIC one another." In addition, many photo- )t special significance for graphs of Father Merton Father Merton was his with rimpoches and Hindu audience with the Dalai holy men grace the pages of Lama, the young Buddhist his last book. leader the monk descrihed as The one I like the best is of having "obviously received a the Dalai Lama and Father remarkable monastic for- Merton, side by side. Father mation." Merton is in his Trappist habit Father Merton reported the and the Dalai Lama is Dalai Lama kept insisting wearing his religious robes. that no one could attain My first impression ,ras of the anything in the spiritual life strong resemblance between "'without total dedication, the two men. continued effort, experienced What becomes apparent is guidance and real discipline." that an inner light or divine spark illuminated both men of TIII',OL*(;IIOL'T TIlE God, in spite of their dif- journal, one senses the un- ferences. You couldn't miss it. derstanding Father Merton and his Eastern brothers felt. 1982 NC News Service HONOR THY FATHER AND MOTHER THE HOLY FATHER=S MISSION AID TO THE ORIENTAL CHURCH MASS FOR YOUR MOTHER AND FAT H E R A " FUTURE PRIEST NEEDS YOUR HELP THE HELPLESS NEED YOU Dear Monsignor Nolan: Think of the days ahead. Father's Day is June 20th Why not send us your Mass requests right now? Simply list the intentions, and then you can rest assured the Masses will be offered by priests In India. the Holy Land and Ethiopia, who receive no other income .... Remind us to send you informa- lion about Gregorian Mas. too. You can arrare now to have the Gregorian Masses offered for yourself, or for another, after death. Have you ever wished you had a son a priest? Now you can have a 'priest of your own'--and share forever m all the good he does .... Throughout the Near East each year. grateful Bishops ordain hundreds of new priests trained by people like you .... Their own families are too poor to support them in training, but good Catholics in America 'adopted' these seminar. runs, encouraged them all the way to ordina- tion .... In some inspiring cases, this support was given at personal sacrifice .... How can you begin? Write to us now. We'll send you the name of a young seminarian who needs you, and he will write to you. Make the pay- ments for his training to suit your convenience ($15.00 a month, or $180 a year, or the total $1,080 all at once). Join your sacrifices to hill, and at every Sacrifice of the Mau, he will always remember who made it po=llible. ql In the hands of a thrifty native sister your gift in any amount ($1,000, $500, $100; $50, $25, $10. $2) in the name of your mother or father will fill empty stomachs. We'll send your parental a beautiful card telling them your gilt ill in their honor. e ENCLOSED PLEASE FIND S FOR Please NAME return COUDOn with yQur STREET offering ciTY CA STATE --ZIP CODE THE CATHOLIC NEAR EAST WELFARE ASSOCIATIORI NEAR EAST MISSIONS MSGR JOHNG. NOLAN. National Secretary l''- - TERENCE CARDINAL COOKE. President  Telephone: 212/826-1480