On October 14th, 2014, “A Christian-Buddhist Dialogue on Spiritual Exercise and Practical Wisdom in the 21st Century” was successfully held at Saint John Baptist College at University of Oxford by the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University and Oxford China Centre and Faculty of Theology and Religion at University of Oxford. The dialogue was hosted by Professor Tu Weiming who is the founding Dean of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University. Four famous theology and buddhist scholars and religious leaders participated in the dialogue. More than a dozen of professors of different religions (such as Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, sikhism, Taoism) and nearly 200 scholars and students attended the dialogue.
Themes: Profoundly meaningful ways of learning to be human in Christianity and Buddhism; How leaders and scholars of both religions deal with global issues threatening the viability of humanity and environment.
Chairman: Professor Tu Weiming, Dean of the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Peking University, and Senior Fellow of the Asian Center at Harvard University.
Reverend Professor Alister McGrath, Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford;
Venerable Abbot Shi Yongxin of Shaolin Buddhism Temple, Deputy Director of Chinese Buddhism Association;
Canon Brian Mountford, Vicar of the University Church, Oxford;
Professor Max Deeg, School of History, Archaeology and Religion, University of Cardiff
Post-Dialogue: Shaolin Kungfu demonstration by Shaolin Temple monks