“The world’s wisdom traditions form the bedrock of humanity’s deepest values, hopes and visions of what is possible. What’s more, no single tradition can hope to express or lay claim to the totality of truth that is abundantly available to all.”
― Thomas McConkie
Many of you may know Thomas from prior encounters at Faith Again, or his Lower Light Gatherings. His insights and way of conveying them are remarkable and can be transformative.
Thomas has just created a truly beautiful online course called Gospel Meets Dharma. The course description says it this way: “Gospel Meets Dharma represents a sacred encounter between Christianity and Buddhism, two traditions that have shaped and formed countless millions of minds and souls over the millennia. In this ‘interspiritual dialogue’, the unique fruits of each path come into clear relief, while also giving rise to a Beauty that transcends and includes them both.”
If you are not familiar with Thomas McConkie, here’s the very short version: Coming from a very prominent Latter-day Saint family (with apostles on both sides of the family), he left the Latter-day Saint faith as a teenager, eventually moved to China and for two decades deeply immersed himself in the study and practice of Buddhism. Eventually, Thomas found his way back to his native Latter-day Saint faith and wove within it the wisdom traditions he had found so beneficial. For a number of years now he has taught mindfulness in a variety of remarkable and important ways.
There is a great Faith Matters interview with Thomas regarding this newest offering. I highly recommend it. You can find that podcast here.