PONTIFICAL COUNCIL for INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue on

Suffering, Liberation, and Fraternity

 

Sponsored by the Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

June 23-27, 2015

Rome, Italy

Tuesday, June 23: “Relational Suffering and its Causes” 

7:00: Theravāda Chanting[1]

7:05: Silent Meditation

7:30: Mass

8:00: Breakfast[2]

9:00: Welcome and Greetings:

 

His Eminence Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran: President of the Pontifical Council for

            Interreligious Dialogue

Dr. Anthony Cirelli: Associate Director, Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious

 Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Fr. Jesús Morán Cepedano: Co-President of the Focolare Movement

Prof. Donald W. Mitchell: Dialogue Conference Coordinator

 

9:30: Morning Session: “Relational Suffering Between Persons”

 

Ven. Maharagama Dhammasiri: The Teachings of the Buddha

Fr. Donald Rooney: The Teachings of the Christ

Dialogue

 

11:30: Lunch

  3:00: Afternoon Session I: “Causes of Relational Suffering Between Persons”

 

Vietnamese Song

Ven. Dr. Phramaha Thanat Inthisan: A Sri Lankan View

Dr. Sovan Tun: A Cambodian View

Fr. Leo D. Lefebure: A View of the Early Church

Sr. Anne McCarthy, OSB: A Monastic View of the Early Church

Dialogue

 

5:00: Afternoon Session II: Buddhist-Catholic Regional Discussion Groups[3]

7:00: Dinner

 

Wednesday, June 24: Site Visit to Vatican and meeting with Pope Francis

 

Thursday, June 25: “Liberation from Relational Suffering”

7:00: Chinese chanting

7:05: Silent Meditation

7:30: Mass

8:00: Breakfast

9:30: Morning Session: “Liberation from Relational Suffering Between Persons”

 

Ven. Abbot Thich Tu-Luc: A Vietnamese Approach

Ven. Director Chang Hwa: A Chinese Approach

Rev. Ronald Kobata:  A Japanese Approach

Fr. Brian McWeeney: A Catholic Approach

Fr. Wilfred Tyrrell, S.A.: A Franciscan Catholic Approach

Dialogue

 

11:30: Lunch

  3:00: Afternoon Session I: “Liberation of Suffering between Persons and all Living Beings”

 

Franciscan/Taize Songs

Conclude Morning Discussion

Rev. Hozan Alan Senauke: A Zen View of Nature

Prof. Donald W. Mitchell: A Catholic View of Creation

Dialogue

 

5:00: Afternoon Session II: Buddhist-Catholic Regional Discussion Groups

7:00: Dinner

 

Friday, June 26: “Fraternity as the Way Forward”

7:00: Japanese chanting

7:05: Silent Meditation

7:30: Mass

8:00: Breakfast

9:30: Morning Session: “Fraternity Among Human Beings”

 

Ven. Barua Sumana: A Theravāda View of the Four Divine Abodes

Ven. Fa Yao (Dhammadipa): A Mahāyāna View of the Great Compassion   

Fr. Thomas A. Baima: A Catholic View of Fraternity

Fr. William Skudlarek, OSB: A Catholic Monastic View of Fraternity

Dialogue

 

11:30: Lunch

  3:00: Afternoon Session I: “Building a Fraternal World”

 

Korean Wŏn chanting

Ven. Miao Hsi: Chinese Humanistic Buddhism

Ven. Chung Ohun Lee: Korean Humanistic Buddhism

Rev. Kyoichi Sugino: Japanese Humanistic Buddhism

Fr. James Fredericks: Fraternity and Catholic Social Teachings

Dialogue

 

5:00: Afternoon Session II: Buddhist-Catholic Regional Discussion Groups

7:00: Dinner

 

Saturday, June 27: “Post-Dialogue Planning:Fraternal Interreligious Cooperation”

7:00: Tibetan chanting

7:05: Silent Meditation

7:30: Mass

8:00: Breakfast

9:30: Morning Session: “Social Issues in the United States that Need to be Addressed Today”

 

Acharya Fleet Maull

Rev. Mushim Ikeda

Rev. Patti Nakai

Ms. Lorraine Moriarty

Mr. David R. Fields

Dialogue

 

11:30: Lunch

  3:00: Afternoon Session I: “Possible Collaborations: Fraternal Interreligious Social Action”

 

Benedictine chanting

Rev. Asayo Horibe

Ven. Chao Chu

Mr. Thomas Dobbins, Jr.

Ms. Susan Pudelek

Mr. David Barringer

Dialogue

 

5:00: Afternoon II: “Reports from Regional Discussion Groups”

 

Plans for the Future

Dialogue

Group Statement Discussion

 

7:00: Farewell Dinner



[1] All plenary sessions will be in “Sala C” on the first floor

[2] All meals will be in cafeteria in the lower level 

[3] Discussion Groups will be on the landings of the first and second floors.