David Steindl-Rast

Portrait of David Steindl-Rast

David Steindl-Rast

Born in Vienna, Austria, David Steindl-Rast studied art, anthropology, and psychology, at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts (for his master's degree) and the University of Vienna (for his PhD). In 1953 he joined Mount Saviour Benedictine Monastery, where he is now a senior member. He began studying Zen in the 1960s, and became a pioneer in interfaith dialogue when he was sent by his abbot to participate in Buddhist-Christian dialogue. Together with Thomas Merton, he contributed to the renewal of religious life, especially through the House of Prayer movement. A pioneer in interfaith dialogue, in 1975 he received the Martin Buber Award for his achievements building bridges between religious traditions.

Brother David is an author, psychologist, theologian, anthropologist, and lecturer. For decades, he has divided his time between periods of a hermit's life and extensive lecture tours. He has contributed to many books and periodicals—from the Encyclopedia Americana to the New Age Journal. Currently, Brother David serves as founding advisor of www.gratefulness.org and lives in Ithaca, New York.

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