Heritage of the Community of The Mystic Heart
Brother Wayne and H. H. the Dalai Lama; Brother Wayne and Ken Wilber
H. H. the Dalai Lama wrote the
Foreword to The Mystic Heart; Ken Wilber the Foreword for A Monk in the World
Words from Brother Wayne at the founding of his "Universal Order of Sannyasa" (now the Community of The Mystic Heart), January 9, 2010
Assembled and delivered by Kurt Johnson, representing the Founders:
are here to fulfill Brother Waynes dream of a Universal Order of Sannyasa, the part
of his classic book The Mystic Heart (1999) to
is important to understand that this dream is the culmination of the dreams of many, in
all the traditions, and a part of the evolution of the worlds spiritual paths into a
recognition of the one convergent path they have always been, leading as
We are at the dawn of a new consciousness, a radically fresh approach to our life as the human family in a fragile world. This journey is what spirituality is really about. We are not meant to remain just where we are. We cannot depend on our culture either to guide and support us in our quest. We must do the hard work of clarification together ourselves. "This revolution will be the task of the Interspiritual Age", he wrote, "The necessary shifts in consciousness require a new approach to spirituality that transcends past religious cultures of fragmentation and isolation".
"We need to understand, to really grasp at an elemental level", he said "that the definitive revolution is the spiritual awakening of humankind".
Of our balanced attention,
This new paradigm must be able to accommodate all human experience, knowledge and capacities built both on intellectual integration and direct experience and make available to everyone all the forms the spiritual journey assumes.
"It will take enormous vision and courage to walk this path in history. It brings to mind Christ's words: "Unless a grain of wheat fall into the earth and dies, it remains only a single grain, but if it dies it yields a rich harvest".
Spirituality, finally, is awareness and sensitivity, and sensitivity is itself awareness-in-action. It is this quality that we most require in our time and in the ages to come, but it is a quality refined only in the mystic heart, in the steady cultivation of compassion and love that risks all for the sake of others. It is these resources that we desperately need as we build the civilization with a heart, a universal society capable of embracing all that is, putting it to service in the transformation of the world. May the mystics lead the way to this rebirth of the human community that will harmonize itself with the cosmos and finally make peace with all beings.
"The Interspritiual Age will require institutions and structures to carry, express, and support of it. I suggest that a fundamental institution should be an interspiritual order of monastics or contemplatives open to all people -- men and women, married and single, young, middle-aged, and old, confused or clear, adherents or not, with faith or agnostic -- united in their desire for a deeper, more meaningful life. This would be a truly universal society of sannyasa, an order that welcomes as members individuals from all the world's religions and even from no tradition at all.
"The term sannyasa, referring to renunciation, refers to all those seers, sages, ascetics, and yogis over thousands of years who have renounced the world and made possible something beyond the comprehension of religion, something that transcends religion, because it is infinite and ineffable. Ite eludes the capacity of any concept or doctrine to express or contain it. Sannyasa transcend religion because they seek integration with the absolute, which is infinitely beyond our spiritual institutions and all our conceptual and theological formulations. Sannyasa is a call to the mystical life."
"A universal or intermystical order of sannyasa, of contemplatives or mystics, would act as a meeting point for all traditions. It would also democratize the spiritual life as a state in which people could help one another, sharing their insights and spiritual resources. Sannyasa would be an existential place of encounter, free of the doctrinal differences that divide the traditions. Sannyasa from the various religions could then join together in collaborative efforts to reverse the negative habits that produced the ecological crisis, countless wars, and the many forms of injustice, oppression, and inequity. The interspiritual society of sannyasa would also provide a forum for the further exploration of the mystical journey in all traditions, and in the emerging universal tradition as well. Teachers could be trained in the order in a universal vision, formed in the commitment.
the end of his earthly life, Bro. Wayne said of his core teaching: The Divine is infinite sensitivity. And, of the dream of the Universal Order of
We are privileged to be here today to work together toward the fulfillment of that dream.
Fr. Thomas Keating at the Bro. Wayne Tribute Event 2005
Read Foundational Article on Brother Wayne's InterSpiritual Vision from Vision in Action by his friends Gorakh Hayashi and Kurt Johnson here:
View Photo Archive of InterSpiritual Pioneers HERE:
Note particularly the first two rows. These
Christian-Hindu pioneer contemplatives represent the lineage that led to the
founding of the the Christian-Hindu Shantivanum Ashram in
Visit the Extensive Sections on Bro. Wayne at InterSpiritual Dialogue in Action
CMH Education Pages
The Education Pages contain materials on Interspirituality, including pertinent quotations from Brother Wayne and other interspiritual leaders, used in educational activities conducted by the Community and its interspiritual partners. They are available HERE.
And Lest We Forget: "Mother" Nature
Personally, I feel the universe is itself aware, and doesnt even need the human or any other intelligence to fulfill this role. Rather, the cosmos shares it intelligence and awareness with us.-- Brother Wayne Teasdale.
See PHOTO GALLERY of community member "shares" from GAIA: HERE.
A famous picture of Fr. Bede Griffiths OSB (Swami Dayananda) and Brother Wayne Teasdale (right) at Shantivanum Ashram in India, founded from a long lineage of Christian contemplative priests who embraced the Hindu Sannyasa life and recognized the Advaitic ["not two"] experience of India as the same as their Christian contemplative experience.
Ordinations and congratulations at the CMH Founding, January 9, 2010
Wisdom Keeper Dorothy Cunha choreographed the founding ceremony based on the Pachakuti Mesa tradition, consistent with that tradition's leader, Oscar Miro-Quesada, hosting ceremony for the 2005 Bro. Wayne Tribute Event in Austin, Texas