Inter-Dialogues Team

Dr. Christie (Yu-ling) Chang

Dr. Christie (Yu-ling) Chang

EVENT DIRECTOR DIALOGUE COORDINATOR

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Raymond Lam

Raymond Lam

COORDINATOR MODERATOR

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Ramani Parkunan

Ramani Parkunan

MEDIA CONSULTANT

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WHY "SATTVA"?

The minimal condition for Buddhism in the twenty-first century is that it be open to humanity and the world.
Buddhist true compassion goes beyond mere "tolerance", and is always ready to work as an antidote against abusive power that inflicts sorrow on ordinary people. The dynamic spirit of a Bodhisattva (or "spiritual warrior") is in fact a form of compassionate movement that integrates open-heartedness with passionate actions, to battle and pacify sufferings and dis-eases of the world, mindfully and tirelessly.

We must neither avert our eyes from harsh realities nor turn a deaf ear to the agonized voices of the real world.

INTER-DIALOGUES

We cannot project what Buddhism’s message will be forty years in the future without acknowledging the living experience and necessary transformation of Buddhism today. What must be addressed is a paradigm shift that reflects an inclusive Buddhism, one that values the collective as well as the individual, that promotes healing as a necessary first step to awakening. It is a Buddhism that is inspired by Buddhist tenets, but also by diverse voices that mirror practitioners’ right to be seen and heard.

In order to live in a pluralistic and successful society, the only real way to accomplish that is by embracing different views of religion, and not favoring or imposing a single one. In today's world people of different religions work together and even form friendships and intimate relationships that cross religious and sectarian boundaries.​