Reconnecting To Contemplation, Mission And Martyrdom During The Covid-19 Pandemic

 Stephan Rothlin

 

The pandemic of COVID-19 has provoked massive economic crises and left many people wondering how they may manage to survive. In the midst of such a situation of profound uncertainty we may recognise a unique opportunity to reconnect to key issues of life and death which all too often risk being dismissed as a pure waste of time by people obsessed with money and power. As we experience a massive collapse of economic growth we need to welcome this moment as a wake-up call for reflection on what really counts in our lives. Present experiences of stress and loneliness, as well as unprecedented outbursts of racist abuse and killings, have exposed a deep permafrost of social malaise, missed legal reforms and a pervasive loss of the spiritual dimension of life, even among believers who stick to a certain creed. The insights of the participants of the Symposium 2019 which marked the 20th anniversary of the Macau Ricci Institute form an excellent road map for a much needed spiritual journey that each one of us may undertake as the coronavirus puts an end to the easy escape of tourist travel. The Zen tradition describes the inner journey as an “ox path” as it does not hide the pains of a dreadful and bumpy road that leads to inner freedom. Coping with the pandemic may open a decisive new opportunity for each of us to wake up to our own unique “ox path” marked out by Contemplation, Mission and Martyrdom.

 

Read more

More Top Articles

Painting Spiritual Friendship: Giuseppe Castiglione and Three Emperors of China

  Michelle Mope Andersson   ABSTRACT   This paper examines the dynamic of spiritual friendship between the Jesuit painter Giuseppe Castiglione and three emperors: Kangxi, Yongzheng, and...

The Belt and Road Initiative: Opportunities and Challenges

  Mike Thompson   ABSTRACT   This paper begins by setting out the vision for the renaissance of the New Silk Road as the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) announced by President Xi Jinping...

Police Cooperation and the FightAgainstCross-Border Crime along Beltand Road Countries: The Emergence and Prolifera¬tion of Telecommunication Fraud in Greater China

  Sonny Shiu-Hing Lo   ABSTRACT   Instances of telecommunication fraud in the region of Greater China – the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan – have increased...

Interview with Professors Margit Osterloh and Bruno S. Frey

  Stephan Rothlin   interviews Margit Osterloh & Bruno S. Frey   STEPHAN ROTHLIN: You both have made impressive contributions to the field of Economics in which you have enriched the...