William Skudlarek: Engaged in the Discussion
Swami Abhishiktananda (1910–1973) was one of the pioneers of interreligious dialogue. A Benedictine monk named Henri Le Saux, Abhishiktananda was drawn to India and for twenty years lived the life of a Hindu renunciate (sanyasin
). He delved into the sacred scriptures of India with passion and conviction, all the while maintaining his Christian faith.
Lantern has published two books about his life and ideas—both collections of essays from people who knew him well and/or were inspired by him. God's Harp String
and Witness to the Fullness of Light
both explore his legacy and his wisdom.
Swami Abhishiktananda is also a major point of discussion in the first volume of Dilatato Corde
, the new journal from DIMMID, which formalizes the academic study of interreligious dialogue and also details the actual practice of dialogue from all over the world. Dilatato Corde and the two Abhishiktananda volumes are edited by Fr. William Skudlarek
, a monk Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota, who has been particularly active in promoting the work of interreligious dialogue.