The concept for the lotus and the rose is pretty straightforward friends religious spiritualists matthew fox and lama tsomo christian and buddhist respectively sat down for a series of conversations in different contexts and settings the transcripts of their dialogues were collected arranged by theme and published as one volume. The lotus the rose presents these traditions these individuals this friendship in a unique set of conversations that spans a decade and a range of venues and audiences this volume includes videos of their full presentations to audiences at stanford university the jung center in houston and the upaya zen center in santa fe also included is a private more casual conversation between . The lotus and the rose once there was a lotus and a rose the rose was very proud of its beautiful red colour and its magnificent essence which attracted every animal and insect towards it on the other hand the lotus grew inside a dirty pond. The rose and the lotus is a compendium of explorations of two of the worlds largest wisdom traditions sufism and buddhism and what the practitioners of these two approaches have in common and may have to learn from each other it includes chapters on important teaching texts ancient and modern. This representation evokes the compass rose a symbol related to the lotus in the west moving from the motionless centre towards the wheel periphery in movement means to manifest oneself to the world conversely going back from the restless periphery to the fixed and non manifested centre indicates the return towards the first state of being the primeval state the world unity
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