Paul Knitter

Paul Knitter

Meditation Teacher

pknitter@uts.columbia.edu

What has been most inspiring for me is to see how the practice speaks to the experience and to the needs of others. Witnessing how it can make such a difference in the lives of others confirms that same potential in my own life. My trust in the practice is strengthened by its effectiveness for others.

I had known John Makransky as a colleague and friend in the academy of professors of religion/theology. It was only when my wife Cathy Cornell met John when accompanying me to an meeting of the Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies, and after she subsequently began to practice with him, and then invited me to join her that I experienced the power of these practices and how much they spoke to me and to my beliefs and questions as a Christian.

The principal way I share them is in the little sangha that we have formed here in Madison and that meets twice a month at our home. But I also share them in my ministry at my ecumenical Catholic parish when I draw on our Buddhist teachings and practice to inform my sermons and my efforts to understanding the teachings of the New Testament.