If you have ever struggled with the dilemma of reconciling Buddhist philosophy with Christian theology, you will find yourself quickly absorbed in this rich and informative conversation with Father Francis Tiso, scholar, poet, artist, musician, botanist, alchemist, exorcist, mystic and gourmet cook – a Renaissance man in the truest sense of the term. Responding to the question of how a Catholic priest becomes so involved with Buddhism, Fr. Tiso launches into the story of his calling and the extraordinary unfolding of his lifework. We hear about his travels to Asia to meet Tibetan Buddhist masters, the Tibetan Buddhist phenomenon of the rainbow body and its connection to the resurrection of Christ, and his thoughts on metaphors and symbols. “We have to be aware that culturally we have a lot invested in the term ‘symbol or metaphor’ as a limit feature of phenomenon. When traditional cultures talk about symbols and metaphors they are talking about greater reality. Not only greater in the sense of having more meaning, but representing the way things really are in their depths.”
Father Tiso is an ordained Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Isernia-Venafro, where he holds the office of Canon in the Cathedral. He is the author of numerous publications, and presently serves as the Parochial Vicar of the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Mill Valley, CA.
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- Is the resurrection of Christ real
- Why the practice of discernment is integral to the success of spiritual practice
- How the four dimensions of Buddha nature correspond with the Christian trinity
- Why writing a spiritual autobiography is important to spiritual growth
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 10/15/2001 Program Number: 2926