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MATTHEW FOX, THOMAS MERTON, DR SUZUKI, MEISTER ECKHART, NONDUALISM & THE MYSTICAL TRADITION
1 Matthew Fox in an interview says; “One of my main works or accomplishments was recovering the mystical tradition of Christianity. For example, I was the first one to translate Eckhart into English from the critical edition, and provide a commentary on it.
2 In fact, it was through a Hindu – not through Christianity – that I discovered Eckhart. It was Suzuki, the Japanese Buddhist, who alerted Thomas Merton, the Catholic monk, to Meister Eckhart.
3 In 1959, they had a dialogue on Buddhism and Christianity, and Suzuki threw up his hands and said “Merton, you’re a typical Western dualist. There’s only one outside chance you’ll get Zen, and that is to read the one Zen thinker of the West, Meister Eckhart.” And Merton said, “But Eckhart was condemned by the church.” And Suzuki said, “Well, I can’t help that, can I?”
4 So in 1960, Merton went off and did nothing but read Zen and Meister Eckhart, and it totally changed him. You can see his writings from the ’50s to the ’60s – he became very prophetic in the ’60s, and he was the first religious figure who came out before Dr. King against the Vietnam War.
5 Merton is the one who sent me to Paris to study spirituality, and it’s there that I got the creation spiritual tradition named for me by Pere Chenu, a wonderful French Dominican who is the father of liberation theology and creation spirituality.
6 The year I was expelled from the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church by the Pope, they also expelled Leonardo Boff, who is a liberation theologian and the most read Catholic theologian in Latin America. And they expelled Eugene Drewermann, the most read Catholic priest theologian in Germany.
7 Clearly it was not a good year for theologians, but there was obviously a political purpose in all this. By getting the three most visible Catholic priest theologians on three continents, they were sending a message of fear and control. It was theological downsizing.”
FROM: Original blessings: An interview with Matthew Fox By Ravi Dykema – http://www.mcs.ca/vitalspark/2020_schools/312crtn03.html (My paragraphing and numbering – Roger_
PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THE EXTRACT
THOMAS MERTON – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Merton
D T SUZUKI – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._T._Suzuki
MEISTER ECKHART – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meister_Eckhart
DREWERMANN – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugen_Drewermann
MATTHEW FOX – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creation_Spirituality