Dialogue with Fr. Aloy Pieris, Kelaniya, Sri-lanka
Trip Start Jan 21, 2007
4Trip End Jan 28, 2007
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January 22, 2007, Kelaniya, Sri-Lanka
Fr. Alloysius Pieris, S.J., founder and director of the Tulana Research Centre in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, earned his first doctorate in Buddhist studies, the first ever awarded to a non-Buddhist by the University of Sri Lanka. A pioneer of Liberation theology in Asia, he teaches that spirituality is not the practical conclusion of theology, but the radical involvement with the poor and the oppressed, and is what creates theology.
Pieris seeks theology that has as its first step, the building up of basic human communities where Christian and non-Christian members strive together for a full humanity
A true dialogue is not about comparing texts for texts however sacred are dead letters. Texts come to life only through living word of living persons. So theology is not about writing books that cite other books based on still more books, Fr. Alloy pointed out. Through paintings and sculpture interpretations by Sri-Lankan Buddhist artists, Fr. Alloy's Tulana also makes Christian scripture come to life in ways that Buddhists can appreciate.