Dialogue with Fr. Aloy Pieris, Kelaniya, Sri-lanka

Trip Start Jan 21, 2007
Trip End Jan 28, 2007

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Monday, January 22, 2007

Dialogue with Fr. Alloysius Pieris, SJ
 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. Bitter memories of the aggressiveness of Christians in the earlier centuries cannot be erased from Buddhist consciousness unless Christianity undergoes a conversion to a humble way of dealing with other religions and a restoration of the spirit and style of Jesus again in the church. A theology of power, domination and instrumentalization must give way to a theology of humility and participation. The Church needs a new understanding of its role in a pluralistic society. The conversion Jesus advocated was a change of ways (metanoia).  Then only can the church immerse in the cultural richness of a pluralistic society.

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.  
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i need fr,aloys contact nombers,,asap .pls send me ,he is a friend of me ,i lost his deatails pls send me ,thank you very much
god bless!!!!,

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