“When I was a boy in Tibet, I felt that my own Buddhist religion must be the best – and that other faiths were somehow inferior. Now I see how naïve I was.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama, “Many Faiths, One Truth”
Maitripa College is hosting an incredible interfaith dialogue at the University of Portland this September, with young, progressive leaders in their respective faiths; and in the coming weeks we’ll be sharing periodic posts with you. Please click here for event details and to purchase tickets – and use the form on the right to join us in exploring the history of interfaith dialogue, the role of religion in conflict, how invocations of religion shape national discourse, and more as we meet the voices of a new generation committed to religious study, contemplation, and community engagement.
Spirituality for Creating Harmonious Society: Part One
Why Do We Need Interfaith Conversations?
Here’s one response to the question of why we need interfaith conversations offered by His Holiness in the New York Times Op-ed “Many Faiths, One Truth” :
“Tensions are likely to increase as the world becomes more interconnected and cultures, peoples and religions become ever more entwined. The pressure this creates tests far more than our tolerance – it demands that we promote peaceful coexistence and understanding across boundaries,” and “harmony among the major faiths has become an essential ingredient of [this]…for the welfare of humanity as a whole.”