Complementarity of Spiritual Traditions Through Interfaith Dialogue and Academic Research

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPresentation


The popularity of Hindu yoga, Buddhist contemplation, and Taoist meditation in Western/Christian/secular societies raises questions on how some aspects of these traditions may complement each other. This presentation is an enquiry on how interfaith dialogue and academic research help us to identify the potential complementary aspects of different spiritual traditions and what unique contribution each tradition has to offer to the betterment of the human being and society.

The presentation consists of two parts:

1. Practice: a visual representation showing how different traditions may contribute, in their unique way, to our daily lives. Practical applications cover the areas of: (a) mystical-spiritual experience, (b) teaching/philosophy, and (c) spiritual practice.

2. Academic: an illustration of how these three areas (experience, philosophy and practice) may be explored through the combination of interfaith dialogue and academic research, as embodied by the interfaith tradition represented by both practitioners and academics.

The discussion covers a wide variety of interfaith aspects we may embrace, from more accessible complementary teachings and practices (e.g., Christian forgiveness, Buddhist contemplation) to more advanced possibilities (e.g., the realizations proposed by Sri Ramana Maharshi and Sri Aurobindo). Concurrently, we identify the distinctive contribution of different spiritual traditions to the evolutionary formation of human consciousness.
Period25 Oct 201927 Oct 2019
Held atMind & Life Europe, Switzerland
Degree of RecognitionInternational