Monday, October 11, 2010

Anglican-Hindu dialogue being hosted by Archbishop of Canterbury in India

From India-

Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Douglas Williams is hosting a dialogue with five Hindu swamis (ascetics) in Bangalore (India) on October 20. The aim is to “to engage in discussions for mutual understanding.”

The event is to be held at Whitefield Ecumenical Centre. The five Swamis are Tridandi Srimannarayana Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyar (Hyderabad), Sugunendra Theertha (Udupi), Harshanand (Bangalore), Shivamurthy Shivachary, Paramananda Bharati (Sringeri Math), Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad (United Kingdom).

The event has two sessions titled “Visions of the Divine” and “Social Harmony.” It will be will be followed by public question-answer session, totaling dialogue about three and a half hours. “The Swamis and the Archbishop will discuss the social values central to their respective traditions and ask how a pluralist society can encourage and protect true freedom of belief”, according to a release by Kate Wharton from Lambeth Palace in London.

Rajan Zed, the President of Universal Society of Hinduism says “The dialogue may help us vanquish the stereotypes, prejudices, caricatures, etc., passed on to us from previous generations. As dialogue brings us reciprocal enrichment, we shall be spiritually richer than before the contact.”

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