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Conversion and Religious Identity in Buddhism and Christianity

Conversion and Religious Identity in Buddhism and Christianity NEWS AND VIEWS Sixth Study Conference of the European Network of Buddhist-Christian Studies, Archabbey of St. Ottilien, Bavaria, June 10­13, 2005 John D'Arcy May Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin A Benedictine abbey that has been involved in exchanges with Buddhist monks since 1979 was an appropriate setting for serious discussion of double identity and change of identity between Buddhists and Christians. The European Network holds its conferences every two years, and after experiencing the Benedictine hospitality of St. Ottilien once again it was decided that every second conference should be held here in the future, with the intervening ones in different centers throughout Europe. Br. Josef Götz OSB introduced the conference by telling the story of the intermonastic encounters with monks of the Soto, Rinzai, and Shingon traditions over the last twenty-five years at St. Ottilien. Participants in these agreed that they had never learned so much about their own traditions as when they were engaged in dialogue at a spiritual and experiential level with their monastic "others." One Zen monk told the Benedictines, "Working with your carpenter, I understand Christianity," and another asked for baptism in order to participate more fully in the liturgy. The http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

Conversion and Religious Identity in Buddhism and Christianity

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 26 (1) – Nov 6, 2006

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NEWS AND VIEWS Sixth Study Conference of the European Network of Buddhist-Christian Studies, Archabbey of St. Ottilien, Bavaria, June 10­13, 2005 John D'Arcy May Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin A Benedictine abbey that has been involved in exchanges with Buddhist monks since 1979 was an appropriate setting for serious discussion of double identity and change of identity between Buddhists and Christians. The European Network holds its conferences every two years, and after experiencing the Benedictine hospitality of St. Ottilien once again it was decided that every second conference should be held here in the future, with the intervening ones in different centers throughout Europe. Br. Josef Götz OSB introduced the conference by telling the story of the intermonastic encounters with monks of the Soto, Rinzai, and Shingon traditions over the last twenty-five years at St. Ottilien. Participants in these agreed that they had never learned so much about their own traditions as when they were engaged in dialogue at a spiritual and experiential level with their monastic "others." One Zen monk told the Benedictines, "Working with your carpenter, I understand Christianity," and another asked for baptism in order to participate more fully in the liturgy. The

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Published: Nov 6, 2006

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