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Evening Lecture: Dawn of the Abyss: Discovering Contemplative Spirituality in the Light of Henri Le Saux’ Journey

Dr. Fabrice Blée

Date: March 27, 2019, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

View of a recording of this presentation here.


After living in a Benedictine monastery in Brittany for 20 years, Henri Le Saux left for South India with the desire to bring the best of Christian monastic life with him. To achieve his goal, he believed it was important to open himself to the spiritual heart of India. There he encountered Ramana Maharshi, one of the great sages of his time, at the foot of the sacred mountain Arunachala. The impact of this meeting on him was so powerful that Le Saux’s initial plan was turned upside down. In the presence of this mystical mountain, and its Sage, Le Saux began a spiritual adventure that would lead to his own rebirth.

Based on his movie and writings on Henri Le Saux (Swami Abhishiktananda), Fabrice Blée (a professor at the Faculty of Theology of Saint Paul University, where he supervises the Graduate Diploma in Contemplative Theology and Spiritual Mentorship) shows how the French Benedictine, in his meeting with the Living God in India, invites the Church and all seekers to rediscover the richness of the contemplative tradition for a spiritual life in the heart of the world. Fabrice is in charge of the Series Spiritualités en dialogue (Mediaspaul), in which he published The Third Desert, a study on Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (MID), a unique and promising movement of Christian monks and nuns in dialogue with Buddhists and Hindus. He has authored more than 80 articles, including several on Henri Le Saux. He has also directed a movie on the French Benedictine, Dawn of the Abyss: The Spiritual Birth of Swamiji (2016). The film was broadcast on Radio Télévision Suisse, selected for the 26th International Festival for Films with Religious Themes (Prix Farel) in Neuchâtel (Switzerland), and shown at the 32nd International Catholic and Multimedia Festival in Warsaw. Solarsproductions.com.



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