Registration is now open for 15th Conference of the European Network of Buddhist-Christian Studies

logoHuman existence is bodily existence. In their reflections on the body and in their bodily related practices, Buddhism and Christianity engage a crucial aspect of our being. In both traditions the spectrum of views is extremely broad ranging from outright condemnation of the body to its highest praise: “They have realized the deathless who have realized mindfulness directed to the body” (AN I 46), says the Pāli Canon. And in the New Testament we read “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” (1 Cor 6,19).

In this conference scholar practitioners from Buddhism and Christianity will be in dialogue about central facets of the body as perceived in both traditions: The body and ecology, the body’s impermanence, its role in social relations, body, gender, and sexuality, the relation between body and mind, the body in contemplation, prayer and ritual, and the embodiment of transcendence. The dialogues will not only explore spiritual wisdom connected to the body but also explore how both traditions may learn and benefit from the insights of the other.

As always, the conference will also have two open sessions for papers regarding all aspects of current research on Buddhist-Christian relations.

n memory of Abbot Notker Wolf OSB

NotkerVery unexpectedly, Abbot Notker Wolf OSb of St. Ottilien died on April 2nd 2024. He was a pioneer in the dailogue of religions. As a young archabbot of St. Ottilien in 1979 he had invited a large group of buddhist monks and shintoist priests. This turned out to be a beginning of a long friendship between various Buddhist groups from East Asia and Ottilien, which continues til today. He also had generiously supported the work of the European Network of Buddhist Christian Studies. See also the obituary and more information at


Völlig unerwartet verstarb Abt Notker Wolf am 2. April 2024. Er war ein Pionier des Dialogs der Religionen. Im Jahr 1979 hatte er als junger Erzabt von St. Ottilien eine große Gruppe buddhistischer Mönche und shintoistischer Geistlicher aus Japan nach St. Ottilien eingeladen. Es war der Beginn einer langjährigen Freundschaft zwischen verschiedenen buddhistlschen Gruppierungen in Ostasien, die bis heute Bestand hat. Auch die Arbeit des Europäischen Netzwerkes für buddhistisch-christlichen Dialog hat er immer großzügig unterstützt.

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Da! - Gedichte

BuchDA! - Gedichte

Sybille Fritsch

Sybille Frisch ist vielen Leserinnen und Lesern als Lyrikerin, Philosophin und Religions- und Kulturwissenschaftlerin bestens bekannt. In Lyriksammlungen und mit Einzelveröffentlichungen ist sie seit 1980 im literarischen Bereich vertreten.

„DA!“ ist der Titel dieses neuen Bandes, der jetzt zu Beginn des Jahres im Geest- Verlag erschienen ist. Er weist auf die Auseinandersetzung der Autorin mit fernöstlichem, besonders zen-buddhistischem Gedankengut und mystischen Traditionen hin. Sie unternimmt damit eine Wanderung zwischen den Welten. Ein Innehalten. Ein Dazwischen. Das gilt für Gedanke und Tat, für Religion und Politik, für Himmel und Erde, für Ost und West: „Offene Weite – nichts von Heilig“.

Buddhistische Interpretationen Jesu

SchneiderBuddhistische Interpretationen Jesu

Mathias Schneider

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Wie wird Jesus Christus im Buddhismus wahrgenommen? Dieser in der Forschung bislang vernachlässigten Frage geht Mathias Schneider in einer umfassenden Studie nach. Er analysiert die ganze Bandbreite buddhistischer Interpretationen Jesu, die von der Dämonisierung bis zur Einordnung als Buddha reicht. Seine religionshistorische Untersuchung umfasst die globale buddhistisch-christliche Begegnungsgeschichte – vom 16. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart und von Sri Lanka über Thailand, Japan, China, Vietnam, Tibet und Deutschland bis in die USA. Im Anschluss daran untersucht der Autor die theologischen Rückwirkungen für die christliche Theologie, wenn diese sich auf buddhistische Jesusdeutungen einlässt oder sie ablehnt. Am Ende steht die Frage nach den Möglichkeiten einer interreligiösen, buddhistisch-christlichen Christologie.

In memory of Marianne-Mettadevi Jacob

Marianne JacobTrauer um Marianne-Mettadevi Jacob

Dear Marianne,

describing yourself as "Cave-Buddhist", your were from the beginning a member of the Occurso institute. You were an enrichment with your intensive life of religious dialogue. You workedas  treasurer, as well as co-managing the "Being guest at ... " series from 2007 to 2012. Your numerous experiences from "being a guest", which you gathered on your various travels, but also at home in Munich, and which you reflected spiritually, helped immensely in this task. You shared your experiences in the book "Praxisbuch interreligiöser Dialog" with a very special article on "Being a guest, personal experiences of en existential attitude"

You participated on the conferences of the European Network for Buddhist-Christian Studies and lived there as well the hospitality with the members from all over the world.

Thank you for being among us.

May you be find happiness and the cause of happiness.
Free from suffering
in loving presence
in One-ness with all.

Your friends


International Workshop at the Cluster of Excellence

wwwŚāntideva and the Dynamics of Tradition 25 – 27 May, 2023, Lecture Hall JO 101, JO 1, 48143 Münster, Johannisstr. 4

“Śāntideva” is the name given by the Buddhist tradition to the author of two highly revered texts: the Bodhicaryāvatāra (an introduction to the way and ideal of a Bodhisattva) and the Śiks.āsamuccaya (an anthology of traditional Buddhist texts closely related to the Bodhicaryāvatāra). Śāntideva’s (c. 8 th or 7th ct.) texts reflect a particularly vibrant period of Indian Buddhism. Firmly rooted in the tradition, they simul- taneously display a form of Mahāyāna Buddhism that is at the threshold of undergoing significant transformations such as the growth of its Tantric and Pure Land variants.

Publication of Last Conference Ready for Order

visionaryA Visionary Approach
Lynn A. de Silva und the Prospects for Buddhist-Christian Encounter

Elizabeth Harris (ed.), Perry Schmidt-Leukel (ed.)

The Sri Lankan Methodist theologian, Dr. Lynn Alton de Silva (16 June 1919 – 22 May 1982), was a major pioneer in Buddhist-Christian dialogue and was one of those who paved the way for the World Council of Churches‘ commitment to inter-faith work. In this book, representatives of the WCC, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Ecumenical Institute for Study and Dialogue in Colombo, together with friends, companions and a family member pay tribute to his outstanding work and personality. Picking up major topics of de Silva’s work in Buddhist-Christian dialogue, renowned and rising specialists also highlight the continuing significance of his ideas and relate them to the ongoing process of the encounter between the two religious traditions.

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Theological and Philosophical Conversations between Islam and Buddhism

HumboldtInternational Workshop - Berlin Institute of Islamic Theology, 18 June 2021

Although interreligious dialogue and comparative studies between various religious traditions have been well established over several decades, theological and philosophical conversations between Islam and Buddhism are still in the early stages. The encounter between Muslims and Buddhists has been often overshadowed by misunderstandings, negative images and biases, what also partly explains the lack of interest in theological dialogue between the two religions. From the viewpoint of Islamic theology, Buddhism is predominantly conceived as atheism due to the absence of the concept of a creator God or regarded as idolatry in which the decorated buddha statues are worshipped; whereas the Islamic notion of God as an omniscient and omnipotent creator is commonly seen as an unbridgeable gap on the side of Buddhism. The Buddhist concepts of anātman (non-self) and śūnyatā (emptiness), the theory of rebirth, the Islamic doctrine of prophethood constitute further fundamental differences that are regarded as irreconcilable by members of these religions. In this field of tension, the planned workshop aims to contribute to that underdeveloped branch of comparative studies. It will thus bring three central tenets of Islam and Buddhism into a comparative conversation, giving also room to academic insider perspectives.

Public Statement in Solidarity with Persons of Asian and Pacific Island Descent

Executive Committee of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies

LogoAs leaders of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, we express our solidarity with and concern for persons of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States and beyond, and we deplore and condemn the violence, bias, and prejudice directed at them both past and present.

Since the middle of the nineteenth century, the practice of Christianity in the United States has tragically intertwined with false claims of White supremacy and racial bias against immigrants from Asia and the Pacific Islands and their descendants. Buddhists, Christians, as well as the followers of other Asian religions in the United States have often suffered the effects of this prejudice. We reject these attitudes and actions as a fundamental violation of the values of both Jesus Christ and Shakyamuni Buddha. We denounce the repeated use of inflammatory rhetoric against persons of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry, and we lament the ways in which this has poisoned the atmosphere of public and social discourse in the United States. We express our solidarity and compassion for all those affected by bias and violence, especially those impacted by the shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 16, 2021, and in particular those who lost family members who were murdered in acts of sexualized, gendered violence.