DOMUNI UNIVERSITAS

Monasticism in Buddhism and in the Catholic Church

Monasticism in Buddhism and in the Catholic Church

Common elements of Monasticism in Myanmar Buddhism and in the Latin Catholic Church, in preparation for an Interreligious Dialogue : a Comparative Study

ECTS Credits: 3
Professor: Fr George Phe Mang, OP

CHAPTER I: INTRODUCTION

A. Background of the Study

B. Statement of the Problem

C. Significance of the Study

D. Objectives of the Study

E. Scope and Limitation of the Study

F. Review of Related Literature

G. Methodology

H. Definition of Terms

I. Structure of the Thesis

CHAPTER II: NATURE AND PURPOSE OF MONASTICISM

A. Monastic Practice in Buddhism

1. Historical Development of Monastic Life

a. Asceticism; Self denial (Hermitage)

b. Sangha Order (Coenobitic Community)

2. Spirituality of the Monks

a. Sila (Ethic); Moral Dimension of the Path

b. Samadhi (mental); Ascetical Dimension of the Path

c. Panna (wisdom); Mystical Dimension of the Path

3. Discipline of Monastic Life (rule of life)

a. Common Life

b. Chastity

c. Poverty

4. Missionary Character of Monasticism

a. Social Political Context (compassion/ karuna)

b. Institutional Context (commitment to liberation/transformation) (Monastery as University)

B. Monasticism in the Latin Catholic Church

1. Historical Development of Monastic Life

a. Anchoritic Life (Hermitage)

b. Coenobitic Life

c. Western Monasticism

2. Spirituality

a. The call to Follow Christ (Theology of Monastic life)

b. Ascetical Practice

c. Mystical Aspiration

3. Discipline of Monastic Life (rule of life)

a. Common Life

b. Obedience

c. Chastity d. Poverty

4. Missionary Character of Monasticism

a. Social Political Context (love/charity)

b. Institutional Context (commitment to transformation/liberation) 
(Monastery as School of Learning)

CHAPTER III: COMMON ELEMENTS OF MONASTICISM IN BUDDHISM AND CHRISTIAN TRADITIONS

A. Objective of Monastic life

1. In the Buddhist Tradition

2. In the Christian Tradition

a. Benedictine Practice

b. Mendicant Practice

3. Common Grounds

B. Monastic Spirituality

1. The Life of Silence

a. For Philosophers

b. For Spiritual Human Beings

i) Buddhism

ii) Christianity

iii) Common Grounds

2. The Life of Simplicity

a. Buddhism

b. Christianity

C. Common Values and Practices

1. Life of Unity and Harmony

a. Buddhism

b. Christianity

2. Life of Compassion and Charity

a. Buddhism

b. Christianity

3. Life of Poverty and Mendicancy

4. Life of Social Action

a. Buddhism

b. Christian Hospitality Offered

c. Christian Hospitality Received

D. Table of Common Elements

CHAPTER IV: TOWARD INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE IN MYANMAR

A. Globalization

B. Myanmar

1. General information about Myanmar People and Military Regime

2. Buddhism and Christianity in Myanmar

a. Buddhism

i. History

ii. Monastic dimension

iii. Social Political Influences of Monasteries

b. Catholicism in Myanmar

i. History

ii. Christian Dimension

iii. Social Political Situation

iv. Establishment of Catholic Hierarchy

c. Action Plan; Hospitality

d. Proposed Agenda

i. Common Development Projects

ii. Conscientization

iii. Creating an interreligious public space

iv. Collaboration in Action

v. Deepening the Relationship

CHAPTER V: CONCLUSION

A. Summary

B. Findings

C. Conclusion

D. Recommendations

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