The Buddhist-Muslim Dialogues

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When Bamiyan’s Buddha was destroyed by the Taliban in March, 2001, and the World Trade Center suffered from terrorist attack in September the same year, the world has begun to ponder over the issues of the civilization clash between the western culture and the Islam. Hoping for the situation not to deteriorate, Dharma Master Hisn Tao appealed to western governments to use a third party, Buddhism as his suggestion, to serve as the mediator working towards resolving conflicts between the western world and the Islam. The conversations between the Buddhist and the Muslim were therefore launched since then, and until 2010, GFLP, the Global Family for Love and Peace, has organized twelve Buddhist-Muslim dialogues that took places in eleven countries including USA, Malaysia, Indonesia, Iran, Morocco, Spain, Australia, France, China, India, and of course, Master Hsin Tao’s home base, Taiwan.


First Dialogue

Theme: Getting to Know Each Other
Date: March 7, 2002
Venue: Columbia University, New York, USA

People from different religions start to have a dialogue about issues such as women in Islam, the concept of "God," and "unlimited authority" in Islam and Buddhism.

Second Dialogue

Theme: Dialogue and the New Asia
Date: May 11, 2002
Venue: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Discussed how religion and belief systems can be the root of human kindness and justice and how different religions faceeconomic globalization.

Third Dialogue

Theme: Millennium Interfaith Dialogue on Spirituality, Globalization, Education and Cooperation
Date: July 30, 2002
Venue: Jakarta, Indonesia

Discussed how the 21st century is the century of spirituality, the best form of religious dialogue, shared experiences with Buddhism, and reiterated the need for positive and physical action after the dialogue.

Fourth Dialogue

Theme: Global Ethics and Good Governance
Date: May 5-6, 2003
Venue: UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), Paris, France

The Art of Listening, Global Ethics as the Foundation of Good Governance, Peace and Education.

Fifth Dialogue

Theme: The Religious Other as a Task for World Religions
Date: April 25-30, 2004
Venue: Tehran, Iran

Freedom of Religious Thought, Revitalization of Religious Thought, Belief and Freedom of Thought, Women and Women's Religious Rights.

Sixth Dialogue

Theme: Dharma, Allah and Governance
Date: July 11, 2004
Venue: Barcelona, Spain

Religious Teaching and Balance.

Seventh Dialogue

Theme: Dialogue and Society

Date: November 6, 2005
Venue: Morocco, North Africa

The crisis of inclusiveness and Holiness of religion.

Eighth Dialogue

Theme: Religions on Life and Death

Date: October 16-18, 2006
Venue: Peking University, Beijing, China

Views on life, views on the Sangha/Islamic community, views on death and afterlife.

Ninth Dialogue

Theme: Globalization and Spiritual Traditions: Conversations and Reflections on Religion

Date: June 11-13, 2008
Venue: National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan

Goodwill and Hostility: Religions' attitudes toward others and key issues for Buddhism to discuss the future.

Tenth Dialogue

Theme: Towards the Earth: Peace and Human Rights, Poverty and Social Inequality, Ecological Healing and Earth

Date: September 3-4, 2008
Venue: UN Headquarters, New York, USA

Peace and Human Rights, Poverty and Social Inequality, Ecological Healing and Earth Rights.

Eleventh Dialogue

Theme: Building Peace in the Pursuit of Justice

Date: December 4, 2009
Venue: Melbourne, Australia

The core value of religion is "love". It starts from within oneself and understands how to appreciate and respect the differences of others. Only then can religions cooperate with each other and promote peace.

Twelfth Dialogue

Theme: Violence - A Religious Resource for Conflict Resolution

Date: June 28-July 1, 2010
Venue: Ladakh, India

The vision of Buddhism for global peace, our tasks and challenges in today's world.

Thirteenth Dialogue

Theme: Love and Forgiveness in Asian Religions

Date: July 17-18, 2012
Venue: Jakarta, Indonesia

How different religions can achieve social stability and harmony through love and forgiveness and then move towards the goal of world peace.

Fourteenth Dialogue

Theme: Retrieving the Earth Home in Your Heart

Date: October 16, 2015
Venue: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Pointed out that when our hearts are completely quiet and are opened to listen to each other, we will find that the whole world is a community of life.

Fifthteenth Dialogue

Theme: Love the Earth, Love Peace

Date: September 8-9, 2016
Venue: UN Headquarters, New York, USA

Shamsi Ali conducted the interreligious dialogue.

Sixteenth Dialogue

Theme: First Buddhist Muslim Youth Dialogue

Date: September 10, 2016
Venue: New York City, USA

It was hosted by GFLP and the Museum of World Religions, co-organized by New York's "Sustainable Development Committee", New York's "Chinese Parents and Students Association" and other units. Eight young leaders were the main speakers. Discussion topics included: how do you see the world today? What kind of world do you want to shape? What can my faith do for the world? How can we all work together to make the world a better place?

Seventeenth Dialogue

Theme: Second Buddhist Muslim Youth Dialogue

Date: October 16, 2021
Venue: Virtual

In 2021, The Parliament of World Religions was held virtually due to the pandemic. The Museum of World Religion’s Development Foundation hosted it’s second Buddhist Muslim Youth Dialogue with the theme of “Love Earth, Love Peace.” The 45 minute dialogue shared various perspectives on Islam and Buddhism’s role in promoting an inclusive and sustainable peace that focuses on respected the natural world.

Eighteenth Dialogue

Theme: Confronting our Global Ecological Crisis: A Colloquium on Religion, Science, and Spirituality

Date: November 1, 2022
Venue: Virtual/ Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas Texas

Speakers discussed how vital it is for religion and science to come together to raise climate awareness across their communities and how we each must feel a sense of responsibility not only to each other but also to the natural world. Actions that address the root causes of climate change such as over-consumption, capitalism, and abuse of natural resources, must happen now for this world to be habitable for future generations.