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11/02/2018.Wenzao Co-organized a Buddhist-Christian Dialogue for Nuns: Its Excellent Performance Is Recognized by International Professionals

發布日期 2018-11-02 15:42:00

 


 

Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages co-organized the first International Buddhist-Christian Dialogue for Nuns.

The professional performance of its faculty and students was highly praised by attendees.

(Photo courtesy of Yan Qing-Hong, Center for Faculty Development)

 

November 02, 2018

Article by Olivia Hsieh, Office of Public Relations

     

The First International Buddhist-Christian Dialogue for Nuns was organized by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) in collaboration with Fo Guang Buddhist Shan Monastery in Taiwan. The theme of the October 13th-20th Dialogue was “Contemplative Action and Active Contemplation: Buddhist and Christian Nuns in Dialogue”; it was held at Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery in Taiwan. In this international event, the language ability and professional performance of Wenzao’s faculty and students were highly praised by attendees. They not only helped translate the dialogue into Chinese and English, but also compiled the seminar’s brochure. Meanwhile, they sent 20 student volunteers to assist in both the work and reception. Wenzao’s Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Sister Teresa Ku, was invited to the opening ceremony on the 14th to lead the opening prayer.

 

The First International Buddhist-Christian Dialogue for Nuns was organized by the Vatican’s PCID in collaboration with Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery in Taiwan, the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (MID), the Association of the Major Superiors of Religious Women in Taiwan (AMRS Taiwan), and Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages. The Dialogue brought together more than 60 religious figures from 16 countries. H.E. Msgr. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot represented PCID, Most Venerable Hsin Bao represented Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery; Father William Skudlarek represented MID; Sister Fang Qiu-Jing represented AMRS Taiwan; Dr. Simone Sinn represented the Geneva World Council of Churches; Director-general Yang Xin-Yi represented the Bureau of Consular Affairs, MOFA’s Southern Office; Msgr. Slađan Ćosić represented the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan)to the Holy See; and Archbishop Peter Lau Cheng-chung represented the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kaohsiung; they all participated in the opening ceremony and gave speeches.

 

In the opening ceremony, PCID’s Secretary H.E. Msgr. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot pointed out that the essence of interfaith dialogue is heart to heart dialogue, which will inspire people to think about the similarities and differences between Buddhism and Christianity. They can then understand the precious nature of contemplation, and discover ways to heal and transform the world through this religious dialogue journey. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot also expected that the two different religions can learn from each other and share the spiritual formation by this event.

 

The First International Buddhist-Christian Dialogue for Nuns encompasses a variety of themes concerning actions and experiences of different religions. The Dialogue dealt with issues such as: the origin, evolution and present-day situation of monastic religious life for women in Buddhism and Christianity; the path for Buddhists and Christians to engage in contemplative action and active contemplation (to do good and think good); Buddhist meditation and Christian contemplation: introduction, discussion and practice; the service to humanity provided by nuns; religious women promoting the “Feminine Genius”; sharing the unity between Buddhism and Christianity and the future development of both religions. The Dialogue brought together more than 60 religious figures from 16 countries.
 

 

Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages was invited to do the interpreting and translation of the dialogue in Chinese and English; it also sent 20 student volunteers to assist in the opening ceremony, registration, other relevant work and reception. The senior student of International Affairs Department, Liu Tang-Ni, is an Indonesian and also a first-time receptionist in such a grand event. She said that all the distinguished guests were very friendly to students, and attending this international event helped the students to apply what they had learned and expand their personal international horizons. The great English ability and hospitality of Wenzao’s students were also highly recognized by the participants.

 

 

  

Photo courtesy of Olivia Hsieh, Office of Public Relations & Yan Qing-Hong, Center for Faculty Development

 

PCID’s Secretary H.E. Msgr. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot attended the Dialogue and gave a speech.

Wenzao’s Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Sister Teresa Ku, gave the prayer in the opening ceremony.

MID’s Secretary-general Father William Skudlarek gave a speech.

 

AMRS Taiwan’s President, Sister Fang Qiu-Jing, gave a speech.

Bureau of Consular Affairs, MOFA’s Southern Office Director-general Yang Xin-Yi gave a speech.

Archbishop Peter Lau Cheng-chung gave a speech on behalf of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kaohsiung.

Wenzao offered the interpreting service in this event; the attendants listened wholeheartedly.

Wenzao’s Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Sister Teresa Ku (second from the right), took a picture with

Catholic attendants and Msgr. Slađan Ćosić (sixth from the left) from the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan)to the Holy See.

Wenzao’s faculty and students warmly welcomed the attendants.

Wenzao sent 20 professional volunteer receptionists.