The Buddhist Christian Network was formed
in 1999 by Elizabeth West.
The aim of the network is to provide
a link between the many people who are interested in the teaching
and practice of meditation as taught in Buddhism and Christianity.
There are many Christians seeking to understand the contemplative
dimension of the spiritual journey more fully by using Buddhist
teachings. Others who have embraced Buddhism still have an interest
in their Christian roots.
Many people today find difficulty in joining any
particular institution, but feel the need to share the journey with
link minded people who are serious about spiritual practice.
Above all the network seeks to foster and promote
friendship and a growing relationship of trust between sincere practitioners
of both these great traditions; in fact anyone on a serious spiritual
path is welcome to join. Buddhist-Christian dialogue is well advanced
and takes many forms. Inter-monastic dialogue and exchanges have
been going for many years. Theological and philosophical dialogue
is also very common. The Network seeks to put people in touch with
resources of all types and to provide links with other organisations
and local groups that are available.
Although the main focus is on Buddhism and Christianity,
it welcomes anyone interested in the contemplative journey through
links with other traditions as well. It has close links with the
Bede Griffiths Sangha, The World Community for Christian Meditation,
the Awakened Heart Sangha and the International Satsang Association.
The Network publishes a Newsletter and holds seminars & workshops.
The Network welcomes everyone who is drawn towards a wider view