News of the DIM-MID

Dom William Skudlarek, OSB
Secretary General


The First International Dialogue for Buddhist and Catholic nuns took place at Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, October 14-19, 2018. The primary sponsor of this gathering, which brought together over 70 Buddhist and Catholics nuns from Asia, Europe, and the Americas, was the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. The PCID asked DIM·MID to co-sponsor the meeting, and most of my time and energy this past year was devoted to this endeavour.

I was able to form a delegation of fourteen monastic women from nine countries (Japan, Korea, India, the Philippines, Germany, Italy, Norway, Brazil, and the USA), most of whom were taking part in an interreligious gathering for the first time, but all of whom made a superb contribution to this historic gathering. Unfortunately, I did not succeed in finding monastic women from Africa or Taiwan who were able to participate.

I have asked all those DIM·MID invited to take part in the Taiwan dialogue to send me their personal reflections on this gathering, which I will include in a report that will appear in Dilatato Corde, the on-line journal of DIM·MID, in December. In the meantime, a brief news item on the meeting appears on the homepage of the DIM·MID website. It contains a link to the Final Statement from the meeting, which was published by Vatican News.

The most recent events were the Monastic Institute’s Symposium on Thomas Merton, held at Sant’Anselmo in June, and a conference at Georgetown University in September on ‘Future Directions for Interreligious Dialogue’ at which I made a presentation on the role DIM·MID has played in the dialogue of spiritual experience and practice.