A Dialogue on Tibetan and Chinese Buddhism
From May 1st through the 3rd, 1998, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Venerable Chan Master Sheng Yen presented In the Spirit of Manjushri: the Wisdom Teachings of Buddhism at the Roseland in New York. Sponsored by Tibet House New York and the Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association, this event drew some 2,500 people from all Buddhist traditions, as well as scholars of medicine, psychology, education, and comparative religion from around the world.
This auspicious event was the first time that His Holiness and Master Sheng Yen engaged in formal Buddhist discussion. Wisdom was the key topic, and their dialogue ranged from different systems of meditation and the experience of enlightenment to the positive changes that practice can make in our lives. This dialogue celebrates the meeting of two great minds and symbolizes the commonality between all Buddhist paths of awakening.
Following is a partial account of this historic dialogue between two of the leading representatives of Tibetan and Chinese Buddhism today.