13-20 OCTOBER 2018

It was a historical meet because it is the first time the Buddhist and Christian Nuns come together.
Organized by the PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE in collaboration with the FO GUANG SHAN BUDDHIST MONASTERY, KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN, the meeting saw 70 Buddhist and Christian nuns coming together to deepen the theme: Active Contemplation and Contemplative Action. Seventy Buddhist and Catholic nuns, mainly from Taiwan, but also from other countries such as South Korea, Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cambodia, the Philippines, Brazil, Italy, Germany, Norway and the United States, took part in the international dialogue.
Representing the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue are Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, Secretary of the Department, and Monsignor Indunil Janakaratne Kodithuwakku Kankanamalage, Undersecretary with responsibility for Buddhism. Father William Skudlarek Osb, Secretary General of the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (MID) and also consultant to the Pontifical Council, will lead a delegation of fourteen Catholic women from Asia and Europe and the Americas. A European delegation from the World Council of Churches in Geneva, led by Lutheran Simone Sinn, was also present.  
The agenda of the First International Buddhist-Christian Dialogue for Nuns - explains the Vatican note - includes the following items: The Origin, Evolution and Present-day Situation of Monastic Religious Life for Women in Buddhism and Christianity; Buddhist and Christian Approaches to Active Contemplation and Contemplative Action (Right Mindfulness and Right Conduct); Buddhist Meditation and Christian Contemplation; The Service of Buddhist and Christian Nuns to Humanity; Religious Women Promoting the ‘Feminine Genius’; Sharing Stories of Buddhist-Christian Solidarity and Envisioning Future Possibilities. 
The international dialogue seeks to achieve two main objectives: to promote the dialogue of spiritual or religious experiences and to create more space for women to participate in interreligious dialogue. The work of these days is marked not only by discussions in plenary sessions, but also by visits to sacred places in the region, individual conversations and small groups, testimonies of stories of solidarity.  
There were three fma Sisters participated, Sr. Teresa Joseph, Sr. Tomassina Lee, and Sr. Sarin Eng. it was a very enriching and learning experience. During the meet Sr. Sarin fma, shared her story of Buddhist-Christian Solidarity. Sr. Teresa Joseph, fma spoke on Religious Women Promoting the “Feminine Genius.”

I was chosen to be one of the panellists to share the stories of Buddhist-Christian solidarity; envisioning future possibilities. So I just share my personal story of Buddhist and Christian nuns in Cambodia. That was on the last day. From this experience, I was urged to reach out to the Buddhist nuns in my country. I hope that in the future, I will do something which I have learned from this conference with Buddhist religious in Cambodia. It would not be something significant, but perhaps just a starting step. Please, pray for me, Mother. I thank God, and thank to my Provincial: Sr. Jessica Salvana for given me this opportunity.
- Sr. Maria D. Mazzarello Sarin Eng 

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