Jean-Yves Leloup (born January 24, 1950), French writer, philosopher, theologian and Orthodox priest. Despite his commitment to his religious tradition, Jean-Yves Leloup is campaigning for an opening to other spiritualities--Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam, attaching particular importance to the bodily practices as well as meditation and prayer of the heart. Atheist in his youth, he converted in Istanbul to Eastern Christianity after a near-death experience. Later, he became a Catholic Dominican monk at the Sainte-Baume sanctuary of Mary Magdalene. After fifteen years of monastic life, he returned to orthodoxy. Today, he travels the world as a speaker.
“If you are a Buddhist, inspire yourself by thinking of the bodhisattva.
If you are a Christian, think of the Christ, who came not to be served
by others but to serve them in joy, in peace, and in generosity. For
these things, these are not mere words, but acts, which go all the way,
right up to their last breath. Even their death is a gift, and resurrection
is born from this kind of death.”
~ Jean-Yves Leloup, Compassion and Meditation: The Spiritual Dynamic Between Buddhism and Christianity