Introduction

The Symposium of the Ricci Institutes of Macau and Taipei for 2019 is meant to spark serious discussions in China and Southeast Asia over the role of China’s wisdom traditions in promoting moral leadership in business and the professions. These traditions—as recognized in the China’s Constitution, namely, Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Protestant Christianity, and Islam—converge in supporting moral excellence through the teaching and practice of various forms of religious observance: prayer, study of sacred texts, performance of religious rituals, and spiritual self-cultivation or contemplation. We will use the term “Contemplation” to cover forms of meditation or spiritual practice that include those grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition but also in other wisdom traditions contributing to our deepening appreciation for spirituality, to designate the focus of this year’s conference. Though China’s wisdom traditions differ among themselves in their metaphysical assumptions—that is, the reality of God and the nature of humanity’s relationship to it—they seem to converge in a number of ways they respond to this the depth dimension of human experience. It has been one of the great insights of the founder of the Taipei Ricci Institute, Fr. Yves Raguin S.J. (1910-1998) to explore the importance of Contemplation not only as a path to enrich the Christian faith journey but also as a privileged door to enter in dialogue with other religions especially with Buddhism and Daoism.

Brief for Submissions

With this call for papers we invite submissions that focus on a particular aspect of Contemplation, Mission and Martyrdom particularly in the Ignatian tradition, i.e. what it is, and how the opportunities for cross-cultural exchange and communication related to becoming “Contemplative in Action” might be understood and responded to by scholars, entrepreneurs, business leaders, as well as students, faculty, netizens and others learning through social media. What can we learn from the historic experience of those who put Contemplative silence at the core of their being and action? How might a mission which is genuinely rooted in local cultures not only be enriched through Contemplation but also contribute to new approaches to mission. How do Martyrdom and the blood of martyrs through the centuries help to frame an action oriented mission which is freed from sectarian concerns but is designed to advance the common good and enhance our capacities for moral leadership and social responsibility?