A. JONAS is director of a small contemplative Christian retreat
center near Boston called The Empty Bell. He is an active
member of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies. In
the past, the Empty Bell has sponsored many Christian-Buddhist
dialogues in the Northeastern U.S. As a Christian musician, Robert
A. Jonas travels to Protestant, Catholic and Unitarian churches
and retreat houses to play shakuhachi and to co-lead contemplative
retreats with Buddhist teachers.
In what must be a high point for any Sui-Zen player, in 1998 Jonas
played shakuhachi (Jimbo Sanya) at a Buddhist-Christian retreat
with the Dalai Lama, held beneath the Bodhi tree where Buddha was
enlightened 2500 years ago.