Above, Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh packed the stadium at Loyola University to initiate students in Buddhist exercises.
The speaker was Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who was invited by Loyola University to “instruct” Catholics on practices of Eastern pagan spirituality.
What matters to Buddhists is experience, not doctrine, thus their emphasis on self-negating meditation and asceticism. Vajrastwa, The sixth “Dhyani” Buddha, is regarded by the Nepali Buddhist as the priest of the five “Dhyani” Buddha. Earlier that day, the Buddhist bonze gave a talk to the incoming class of 1200 Loyola freshmen and their parents at the annual freshman convocation.


Buddhists believe in reincarnation, and seek to escape the cycles of rebirth by extinguishing all forms of desire, including attachment to conscious existence. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, sent his missionaries around the world risking their lives to teach the Catholic Faith to pagans like the Buddhists and Hindus. Buddhism rejects the dogmas of a transcendent God and Our Lord Jesus Christ as Redeemer, original sin, free will, good works, the power of prayer, the Last Judgment, Heaven and Hell.
By means of exercises like the one the Buddhist monk was teaching, they strive to attain the supposedly blissful state of nirvana, essentially, the absence of any desire. We could work and “pray” together with the Buddhists to achieve a more profound personal spiritual growth, as well as social goals such as world peace.


It is absurd to imagine that the Catholic Church has need of Buddhist practices and teachings to achieve these aims. By sharing experiences and keeping an open mind to other “truths,” Catholics could receive what is “good” and “holy” in the false religions. The traditional Catholic teaching on the unicity of the Faith and condemnations of ecumenism is also presented in Premise I, pp.



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