Pope Francis “Beaming” as he leaves meeting with American Buddhist leaders

In a meeting hosted by the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops this week, the Pope today met with around fifty Buddhists from America:A dialogue between Catholic and Buddhist religious and social action leaders began today at the Vatican. Pope Francis stopped by the meeting and Cardinal Jean Louis Tauron gave a welcoming address. The Pope then made some brief remarks that were translated to English as he spoke:This is a … [Read more...]

Understanding Buddhist-Muslim relations in Burma (Myanmar)

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This post is part of the Interfaith Ramadan: Shared Vision of Inclusion & Co-Existence series, cross-posted there at Interfaith Ramadan here. As our series host Sara Ager writes: Ramadan is a time when Muslim communities traditionally come together – to fast, to pray, to reflect, and to encourage one another. In that spirit, the Interfaith Ramadan blog series aims to extend that sense of community to people of all faiths and none. The series provides an inclusive platform where people from a … [Read more...]

Responding to Pat Robertson’s comment that a Christian could ‘get infected by’ Buddhism [Video]

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Today Pat Robertson, on his well-known Christian Broadcasting Network show The 700 Club, told a viewer who works with Buddhists and fears she is being preached to by them that: If you are healthy and there is a mild contagion around you, the chances are you won't get it. But if you put yourself in the middle of a hospital ward where everybody has the disease except you, sooner or later you will be infected by it. Now, it's one thing for you to be ministering to somebody who's of a different p … [Read more...]

“Why am I here?” – a post-event interview with veteran journalist and university teacher, Eileen Flynn

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Wrapping up what has been an unexpectedly interview-filled month here at American Buddhist Perspectives, I am pleased to present Eileen Flynn, who co-moderated last week’s interfaith panel on the topic of “why am I here?” Video from the event should be up at Deily.org on March 1st.  My hope is that between this interview and the earlier one with Rev. Dr. David Zuniga, more people will go see the video and feel encouraged to start conversations like this in their own communities.  So, getting … [Read more...]

“Why am I here?” – an interview with Zen priest and interfaith dialogue participant, Rev. Dr. David Zuniga

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Last week I caught wind of an event with a very intriguing title "Why Am I Here? An Austin Interfaith Dialogue" and an even more interesting set of speakers representing Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Zen Buddhism. Very happily, I was able to get in touch with Rev. Dr. David Zuniga, who will represent Zen in the discussion and arranged an interview on the topic.I sat down (via email) over the weekend to discuss the upcoming event:First, thank you for taking the time to do this, David. … [Read more...]

Practicing Compassion, a review

Practicing Compassion, by Frank Rogers Jr.

Frank Rogers Jr's book, Practicing Compassion, is a welcome addition to the field of books bringing the positive insights and wisdom of religious traditions to a wider audience. The book sets out with the premise that while compassion is much talked about in religious settings and ever more in popular psychology, not many people know how to cultivate or practice it (although the caveat is given that there are numerous Buddhist teachings on cultivating compassion).*Rogers is a teacher of … [Read more...]

“Some wish for peace, I make it happen” – a guest post by Bhikkhu Subhuti on Bringing Buddhists and Muslims together in Burma/Myanmar

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I just got back from inviting 2 Muslims to serve at the head of the meal line for Tomorrow's lunch at Pa-Auk. Everyone thought I was crazy and that the Muslims would kill me or at least shout at me as soon as I entered the compound. Instead they sat us down and offered us apples, and fruit juice with a happy and warm welcoming smiles.  I explained my story to him through a translator, my trusty senior friend Venerable Pannygavesaka, who is game for almost any crazy wholesome idea I have. You … [Read more...]

The Future or Death of Religion: an Interfaith Discussion

An Interfaith Discussion, The Future or Death of Religion

February 25, 1pm PST.Mark your calendars.I will be speaking with three amazing representatives of different religions, hosted by Mark W. Gura, on the topic of the future of religion. Here is the official blurb:An Interfaith Discussion About The Future Or Death Of Religion Hosted By Mark W. Gura With the turn of the new year and recent depictions of religion in the media, many are asking where religion is heading in 2014. The Rise of the Nones, the recent Pew Study on Religious … [Read more...]


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