Editorial – Themes of Dialogue: Turkish culture, Buddhism, and Muslim friendship
One of the most urgent initiatives in the world today is interfaith dialogue. I know many good Christians, several Muslims, even more agnostics and atheists who have made an invaluable difference in my life. They are my friends and mentors, and I hope I’ve done enough that
they may see me in a likeminded way. Dialogue isn’t something theoretical, although it is a popular topic in theological seminaries and philosophy departments these days. What really stimulates dialogue is rarely an intellectual insight but an unexpected encounter with the Other, one that catches you off-guard in its spontaneity and naturalness. That was one of the main themes during and after our Buddhist delegation’s trip to Turkey. With so many friendships forged and bridges built, it’s no wonder that the articles we commissioned share a common idea: the common ground we share is right beneath us; we simply need to take off our artificial shoes and walk barefoot so we really feel it.
Finally, to round everything up, Buddhistdoor International is hosting, in collaboration with the CBSAA, an interfaith dialogue at the Jockey Club Tower in The University of Hong Kong this November. We will have distinguished guests like Professor Lee (who, many may not know, is an aficionado of Turkey and has written books about the Turkic culture) and Ven. Dhammapala talking about their experiences of Turkish and Muslim culture, as well as representatives from the Anatolia Cultural and Dialogue Centre coming to join in the sharing. Registration is absolutely free too. If you are in Hong Kong, don’t miss out on this rare chance for a Buddhist-Muslim exchange in Asia’s world city. I promise this will be a special encounter indeed.
藍色之讚歌還包括Sultan Ahmed 清真寺，也稱「藍色清真寺」（Blue Mosque），她的清雅亮麗的藍色圖案，令人要對「華麗」重新定義。很難想像工藝師是如何攀到那高處，一筆一筆的繪畫《可蘭經》經文、賢士詩句和花草紋樣，想必是懷著虔敬的心，用工筆寫下對真主禮讚的衷曲，就像西藏喇嘛繪畫唐卡那樣的神聖心情。只是因為盛名招徠遊客太多，或我心猿意馬，未能靜靜欣賞，只是貪婪地攝像，用視覺消化她的堂皇。
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