Pat. Kirill Continues “Inter-Religous” Dialogue with Buddhists

Reported on Sept. 4, 2013 (Source: Moscpat)

On 4 September 2013, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Shi Yongxin, vice-chairman of the Buddhist Association of China and abbot of the Shaolin Temple.

The delegation of the Chinese monks arrived in Moscow to take part in the Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival.

Present at the meeting were Mr. Andrei Lebedev, producer of the Spasskaya Tower Festival; Mr. Dmitry Petrovsky, a DECR staff member; and members of the delegation.

The Primate of the Russian Church warmly greeted the guests and noted he was pleased to meet the abbot of the Shaolin Temple for the second time. Their first meeting took place on 13 May 2013, during His Holiness Patriarch Kirill’s visit to the People’s Republic of China.

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NFTU: So, in September already, the MP chieftain has managed to meet with Armenian monophysites and celebrate the consecration of one of their temples, as well as meeting with Buddhist clergy in a public forum, and had his right hand man, Met. Hilarion (Alfeyev) continue public discussions with the Vatican.  It seems the Moscow Patriarchate Department of External Church Relations is just doing all the photos ops and research for us!  I never thought I’d have to add another category besides just ‘trans-religious syncretism’, but, apparently, I have to.