Reports from the Zen/Chan Catholic Dialogue

The Monastery  |  The Tribe  |  The University   |   Snjezana Akpinar  |   June 21, 2011, 6:01 pm

In January the Zen Chan Buddhist Catholic Dialogue took place at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Among the twenty-two participants were teachers and monks from Dharma Realm Buddhist University, professors from Catholic Theological Schools, a representative from the American Council of Bishops and representatives from the Zen tradition on the West Coast.

The Dialogue is one of the longest ongoing Buddhist Christian interfaith dialogues in the country. The same group has been meeting once a year for the past nine years investigating salient issues among the traditions and discovering strong as well as weak, or forgotten, points of common interest.

[Web Link for further details about the gathering.]

[See video below of a short conversation between a Buddhist monk and Catholic Bishop about their ongoing interfaith dialogue]

Introductions [1 of 4]

Why this dialogue is important [2 of 4]

Topic of “Conversion and Conversation” [3 of 4]

What is the value? [4 of 4]

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