Buddhist Christian Dialogue On The Context Of Asia

2089 WordsApr 12, 20169 Pages
Buddhist-Christian dialogue in the Sri Lankan context Introduction Today, more than ever before, we talk about interreligious dialogue. Religious pluralism and multi culturalism have seen a rapid growth, particularly, in the Western countries .As a result of globalization and migration our contemporary world become more aware of the importance of interreligious dialogue. The fact that people of various religions and cultural backgrounds have come close to each other on the global stage, shows that an ongoing dialogue of informal nature has already begun. In this paper mainly based on my own multicultural and multi religious background, I will suggest that religious pluralism cannot be considered as a new concept in the context of Asia. Rather, it is a ‘lived experience’ of Asian people. More specifically, as a Catholic born in a Catholic family, brought up in a predominantly Buddhist culture and having worked hand in hand with Moslems and Hindus, I perceive religious pluralism as an existential reality. Buddhism being the major religion of Sri Lanka, I will focus my reflection mainly on Buddhist Christian dialogue. Historical background of Buddhist -Christian Relationship From the time of the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century B.C, it has been identical with Sinhalese culture. Christianity was in fact an intruder which took root with the colonial powers with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505. Sri Lanka had to go through three colonial powers,
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