The Benedictine monk Pierre-François de Béthune has dedicated his life to following the lead of the great pioneers of interreligious dialogue at the level of spiritual experience. Having practiced zazen and "Way of tea" assiduously for decades, he now leads readers along the path of spiritual hospitality, describing how welcoming other religions transformed him and brought him to rediscover the Gospel. In this volume, he evokes the spiritual journeys of some of the pioneers of interreligious dialogue, among them, Thomas Merton, Henri Le Saux, Raimon Panikkar, and Christian de Chergé and the monks of Tibhirine. In doing so, he proposes that their commitment to dialogue, hospitality, and welcoming the other corresponds to what the Gospel requires of the followers of Jesus.
Pierre-François de Béthune is a monk of the Benedictine monastery of Clerlande in Belgium, where he was prior from 1989 to 2005. He was the first Secretary General of Dialogue Interreligieux Monastique/Monastic Interreligious Dialogue from 1985 to 2007, and in that capacity was a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue from 1995 to 2010. One of his books, Interreligious Hospitality: The Fulfillment of Dialogue, was published by Liturgical Press in 2010.