First published MID Bulletin.
Spiritual and Educational Exchange programs between Tibetan monastics and Christian monastics begin.
Participated in the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago.
July 22-27. The Gethsemani Encounter, Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey, Gethsemani KY. Theme: The Spiritual Life. See The Gethsemani Encounter: A Dialogue on the Spiritual Life by Buddhist and Christian Monastics, ed. Donald W. Mitchell and James A. Wiseman, OSB, New York, Continuum, 1997. Republished as The Spiritual Life: A Dialogue of Buddhist and Christian Monastics,, Brooklyn NY, Lantern Books, 2010.
Participated in dialogues sponsored by the United States Conference Catholic Bishops: Buddhist/Catholic in Malibu CA, and Muslim/Catholic in Indianapolis and Plainfield IN. Participation in the Muslim/Catholic dialogue has been ongoing.
Sponsored Vigil for Peace event in Bloomington IN with Kalachakra Event.
Coordinated consultation on “Spirituality and Dialogue” document for the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID).
July 7-10: Sponsored Christ Consciousness Workshop for monastic contact persons at St. Benedict Center, Schuyler NE.
Co-produced Vigil 2000 with AIM for use in every monastery New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1999.
Booklight, Inc. begins hosting the MID Website and producing its bulletins.
September 19-21: Benedict’s Dharma Conference at Our Lady of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove IN, to continue the dialogue initiated in Benedict’s Dharma, ed. Patrick Henry, New York, Riverhead Books, 2001.
April 13-18: Gethsemani II, Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey, Gethsemani KY. Theme: Suffering and Transformation. See Transforming and Suffering: Finding Peace in Troubled Times, ed. Donald W. Mitchell and James A. Wiseman, OSB, New York; Doubleday, 2003.
Republished as Finding Peace in Troubles Times: Buddhist and Christian Moanstics on transforming Suffering, Brooklyn NY, Lantern Books, 2010.
April 29-May 4: Benedict’s Dharma II, in New Harmony, Indiana, sponsored by Friends of St. Benedict.
May 23-26: “Nuns in the West”, Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple in Hacienda Heights CA.
October 13 and 14: “Monks in the West”, The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Ukiah CA.
Final bulletin, #74, is published. New website launched with backlisted bulletins on the site.
May 27-30: Nuns in the West II, Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple in Hacienda Heights CA.
October 26-29: Monks in the West II, Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville MN. Topic: "Authentic Practices of Celibacy and Intimacy in Monastic Communities of Men." See William Skudlarek OSB, Demythologizing Celibacy: Practical Wisdom from Christian and Buddhist Monasticism, Collegeville MN, Liturgical Press, 2008.
May 26-31: Gehtsemani III, Our Lady of Gehtsemani Abbey, Gethsemani KY.
Topic: "Monasticism and the Environment." See Green Moansticism: A Buddhist - Catholic Response to an Environmental Calamity,ed. Donald Mitchell and William Skudlarek OSB, Brooklyn NY, Lantern Books 2010.
August 29 - September 1: Nuns in the West III,Saint Mary Moanstery, Rock Island IL.
To mark the centenary of the birth of Dom Henri Le Saux (Swami Abhishiktanada), publication of God's Harp String: The Life and Legacy of the Benedictine Monk Swami Abhishiktananda, ed. William Skudlarek OSB, Brooklyn NY, Lantern Books. The book is a collection of articles that appeared in the MID Bulletin and the Bulletin of the Abhishiktananda Society.
Timeline and Achievements
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