53 Mill Street, Westfield, MA 01085 • 413.562.3627
Date:June 3rd, 2017.
Category/Categories:Christian / Catholic
Spiritual Enrichment

The Compassionate Heart: Living in Buddha and Jesus

June 3, Saturday

Buddha and Jesus are revered by those of all religions and known as figures of compassion and healing in a confused and suffering world. This day-long program will begin with stories of the Buddha and Jesus, as we mindfully notice their words, deeds, wisdom, and love. The good news that both wish to share with their followers, and indeed any person of good will, is that their lives can become ours. We will discover through spiritual practice how the Buddhist and Christian traditions have proposed ways of living inside of the hearts of Buddha and Jesus, so that we may invite those most in need of compassion to abide with us in the healing energies of divine and enlightened love.

9:30am 3:30pm Fee: $65 with lunch, $55 without. Pre-registration is required. 

Leader: Erik Ranstrom

Erik Ranstrom is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Rosemont College in Bryn Mawr, PA, and an Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Religious Studies and Spiritual Director Intern at the Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Fairfield University, CT. Erik holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Theology, Boston College, with a focus on comparative theology and theology of inter-religious dialogue.


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Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
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