100 St Anselm Dr, Manchester, NH 03102, United States
In 1971, Wayne graduated cum laude from Saint Anselm College with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
245 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205, United States
In 1976, Teasdale received a Master of Arts degree from St. Joseph College.
Fordham University, New York City, New York, United States
In 1986, Teasdale received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Fordham University.
(A leading voice in the Christian contemplative movement h...)
A leading voice in the Christian contemplative movement helps listeners deepen their connection with the divine by leading them on a full-length retreat, sharing meditations and teachings from Saint Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and others.
(Gathered on the centenary and in the same city of Chicago...)
Gathered on the centenary and in the same city of Chicago, where the first Parliament took place, the 1993 Parliament of the World's Religions was the largest interfaith gathering ever held. Representatives from minority, ethnic and tribal religions took the podium as equals alongside representatives from the world's largest religious traditions. "The Community of Religions" is an essential record of this historic event, containing major addresses and reflections, as well as numerous short evocations of the spirit of the Parliament.
(Drawing on experience as an interreligious monk, Brother ...)
Drawing on experience as an interreligious monk, Brother Wayne Teasdale reveals the power of spirituality and its practical elements. He combines a profound Christian faith with an intimate understanding of ancient religious traditions.
(The work "Mystic Heart" chronicled Brother Wayne Teasdale...)
The work "Mystic Heart" chronicled Brother Wayne Teasdale's journey into a multifaceted spirituality, blending his traditional Catholic training and the Eastern way of sannyasa (Indian monkhood). "A Monk in the World" tells what the journey meant for him — living as a monk outside the monastery, integrating teachings from the world's religions with his own Catholic training, combining his vigorous spiritual practice with the necessities of making a living and pursuing a course of social justice in a major American city. In telling his story, Teasdale shows how others can find their own internal monastery and bring spiritual practice into their busy lives.
(In this work, Wayne Teasdale introduces readers to the th...)
In this work, Wayne Teasdale introduces readers to the thought of one of the most important spiritual teachers of the past century — Bede Griffiths.
(Mutual understanding between the faithful of the world's ...)
Mutual understanding between the faithful of the world's great religions is no longer a luxury; all over the world, religions are challenged to find common ground in the cause of peace and justice, and in the face of war and exploitation. Meanwhile, stereotypes, antipathies and sectarian isolation continue to rob religion of the impact it can and should have in fostering a better world. "Conversations across Traditions" offers a fresh invitation to and model for interfaith dialogue.
(In his book, Teasdale presents a powerful daily guide to ...)
In his book, Teasdale presents a powerful daily guide to interspiritual wisdom with 365 quotes from the great religious and spiritual traditions, from sources as varied as St. John of the Cross, Confucius, the Dhammapada and Allen Ginsberg. Designed as an aid for daily reflection and meditation, Teasdale's illuminating commentary follows each passage.
In 1971, Wayne graduated cum laude from Saint Anselm College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He continued his education at St. Joseph College, graduating with a Master of Arts degree in 1976. Later, in 1986, Teasdale received a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Fordham University.
In the 1970's and 1980's, Wayne interacted with the Franciscan Brothers of the Good News Church, a semi-eremitic Franciscan community, living in the forests of the Berkshires in Cummington, Massachusetts. At that time, he frequented that place and often dialogued with the Franciscans there, while working on his dissertation on Father Bede Griffiths.
Later, after correspondence with Bede Griffiths, Wayne decided to visit the Shantivanam Ashram in Tamil Nadu and for the next two years, he lived at the ashram nearby. Bede Griffiths was a source of inspiration for Wayne and he decided to become a Christian sanyassa ("renunciate") in 1989. However, he officially took profession as a canonical hermit under canon 604 in the Roman Catholic Church before Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, in 2003.
In 1982, Wayne became a monk at Hundred Acres Monastery, where he remained until 1992. During the period from 1993 till 1995, Teasdale held a post of an adjunct professor at Benedictine University. Also, in 1993, he was appointed a member of the board of trustees at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. There, at the Parlament, he worked with others in order to convene the centenary parliament of 1993 in Chicago. The event brought together eight thousand people of many different faiths worldwide.
Between 1994 and 1996, Wayne acted as a member of adjunct faculty at Illinois School of Professional Psychology. In 1996, he began working as an adjunct faculty professor at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Moreover, in 1996, Teasdale was offered the same position at DePaul University.
In 2002, Wayne co-founded Interspiritual Dialogue (ISD). In 2004, after his death, the organization expanded internationally and became Interspiritual Dialogue 'n Action.
During his lifetime, he also worked with Synthesis Dialogues — Association for Global New Thought, initiating the dialogues between leaders of different religions. Also, Wayne was a member of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue and helped draft the organization's "Universal Declaration on Nonviolence" in 1990.
(A leading voice in the Christian contemplative movement h...)2003
(Mutual understanding between the faithful of the world's ...)2004
(The work "Mystic Heart" chronicled Brother Wayne Teasdale...)2002
(Gathered on the centenary and in the same city of Chicago...)1996
(In his book, Teasdale presents a powerful daily guide to ...)2004
(In this work, Wayne Teasdale introduces readers to the th...)2003
(Drawing on experience as an interreligious monk, Brother ...)1999
Wayne was an active campaigner on issues of social justice.
Wayne believed, that spirituality is the greatest single resource by means of which people have to change the world by changing themselves. Bede Griffiths, Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, Jean Houston, Hegel, Plato, Spinoza and Thomas Berry were the major literary influences on his thought.
"It is the inner life that is to spark the change in consciousness that will permit us to advance."
"As our world becomes smaller, through a growing common culture, the true test of community will be our tolerance for our most profound differences and love for the most challenging among us."
"Kindness is the highest form of intelligence."
"Every one of us is a mystic. We may or may not realize it, we may not even like it. But whether we know it or not, whether we accept it or not, mystical experience is always there, inviting us on a journey of ultimate discovery. We have been given the gift of life in this perplexing world to become who we ultimately are: creatures of boundless love, caring compassion and wisdom. Existence is a summons to the eternal journey of the sage — the sage we all are, if only we could see."
"The rise of community among cultures and religious traditions makes possible what we can call "interspirituality": the assimilation of insights, values and spiritual practices from the various religions and their application to one's own inner life and development."
"Work is holy, sacred and uplifting, when it springs from who we are, when it bears a relationship to our unfolding journey."
"One reads not for information, but inspiration."
Wayne was vitally interested in comparative religion and spirituality, politics, economics, science (especially new discoveries in physics and biology), the environment, the aesthetic experience, music and poetry.
What concerns his personal qualities, Wayne was a kind, funny and sometimes rollicking man.