Father Thomas Keating and Ken Wilber
May 10, 2006 21:22
Ken and Fr. Thomas Keating dialogued for almost 4 hours in front of a packed house at the Westin Tabor Center in Denver on April 24. About 240 people attended the event. The discussion took place around the topic of the relevance of religion in the modern/postmodern era. Among the most memorable moments was, in response to a question on the effect of media on the spiritual life, Ken asked Fr. Thomas, "how was the telegraph?" and Fr. Thomas responded, "Oh, I sent a few telegrams..."
Above all else, the dialogue had the character of two old friends sharing some sacred time and space together. The crowd was alternately in stiches at numerous, hilarious exchanges, and silent in the face of the depth and profundity of the sharing. Reflecting on his own journey, Keating, 83, said that he honestly felt very much like a beginner to the spiritual life, before the majestic love that God Is, and commented "I can't understand why anyone would want to get married before 50 or 60, at the earliest!"
~posted by Rollie Stanich