Today, at the end of class, we listened to “A Good Day,” the words of Brother David Steindl-Rast, the 84-year old Benedectine monk who, in 1965, was sent by his abbot to pursue Christian-Buddhist dialogue.
You can read more about Brother David here and his connection with many spiritual traditions working for peace.
Brother David Steindl-Rast co-authored The Ground We Share: Buddhist and Christian Practice with the late Robert Aitken Roshi, founder of the Diamond Sangha and one of the founders of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Robert Aitken died earlier this month in Honolulu at the age of 93. At a book signing at Looking Glass Books in Portland in 1997, my husband Richard Seidman, one of Aitken’s students, had the honor of reading Brother David’s portion of the dialogues while Roshi read his own parts.
Below is a video with Brother David’s words.
Today is a good day.