Francis Bennett Biography
As a spiritual teacher, Francis offers a blend of her life experiences with both Buddhist and contemplative Christian mystical traditions. Her spiritual path has been deeply inspired by the influence of Thomas Merton,a pioneering Christian 20th Century mystic; the Theravadan Buddhist practice of Vipassana; the Advaita-Vedanta teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi; and Japanese Zen traditions.
Francis Bennett practiced as a Roman Catholic Trappist monk for a number of years and also served as a member of an urban, contemplative monastic community originally founded in Paris in 1975. Francis is the author of “I Am That I Am,” published by Non-Duality Press and a new book, “Fully Human, Fully Divine,” to be published later this year.
Francis is sought after as a speaker and retreat leader in North America and Europe, and can be seen on YouTube and Buddha at The Gas Pump (link to http://www.batgap.com ), in live talks and interviews, including an interview with Adyashanti. (link to http://batgap.com/adyashanti-francis-bennett-resurrecting-jesus/)
In 2016, Francis received news that her DNA deviates from the ordinary XX /XY gender pattern. After deep introspection and reviewing her long standing inner sense of gender-ambiguity, Francis has recently determined to explore her feminine expression and embodiment. A tour through her recorded presentations on-line will present Francis as male in appearance in earlier years, and currently as female. Francis sums up her courageous journey by saying, “I sincerely hope that, whatever happens in my life and whatever expression my life takes, it will all be a teaching about authenticity, integrity, and the courage to be true to oneself. I have always hoped, as Saint Francis once is reported to have said, that… ‘I can preach the gospel/dharma/truth, wherever I go by means of whatever I do…..and if necessary, I will even use words.’
A full biography of Francis can be pursued at http://findinggraceatthecenter.com/about/