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Web Page of the Jesuit Conference of the Asia Pacific for Buddhist Christian Dialogue

“My prayer for them all is that they will be of one heart and mind, just as you and I are Father–that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.”

The Second Vatican Council of the Roman Catholic Church in its document entitled Nostra Aetate that concerns the relationship of the Church to non-Christian religions, contains the following statement: “Buddhism in its various forms testifies to the essential inadequacy of this changing world. It proposes a way of life by which men can, with confidence and trust, attain a state of perfect liberation and reach supreme illumination either through their own efforts or through the aid of divine help.” Accordingly, the Church in recent years has actively encouraged dialogue with Buddhism and other religions, with the purpose of promoting peace, harmony, and mutual understanding.

This web page is maintained by
FR. CYRIL VELIATH SJ of Sophia University in Tokyo, and its purpose is to encourage and promote religious dialogue between Buddhists and Christians all over the world, but chiefly within nations comprising the Asia Pacific Jesuit Assistancy. These are Japan, Korea, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Australia, Cambodia, East Timor, Thailand, Vietnam, Micronesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and others. In several of these nations Jesuits in their own way have been actively striving towards this dialogue. The first six country names given above are links, and by clicking either on them or on any link at the top of the page, you will be introduced to the Jesuits and to the work they are involved in.