Episode 125: What Buddhists and Christian Contemplatives Both Know

Are there ways in which Christians and Buddhists have a common cause, spiritually?

More recent Christian contemplatives like Thomas Merton famously have discovered that what they're learning has a lot in common with what contemplative Buddhists know. Christina Roberts and Ryan Bauers commissioned Dave Schmelzer to do a "book report" along these lines, and he chose Robert Wright's (he's a journalist with The New Republic) provocatively-named book "Why Buddhism is True" (not, as Wright points out, in a religious sense, but as a description of how meditation impacts our consciousness for the better). Christina, Ryan and Dave have a vibrant conversation about what Dave reports.

Mentioned in Today's Podcast:

New Yorker article: Thomas Merton, the Monk Who Became a Prophet, by Alan Jacobs 

Episode artist(s): 
Dave Schmelzer