Israel's president hosts interfaith leaders from East Asia


( Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin hosted several faith leaders from East Asia to participate in an interfaith dialogue at his residence on Monday.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Delegation leaders from the Buddhist, Hindu and Sikh communities of India, Japan, China, Myanmar and South Korea were brought together by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the World Council of Religious Leaders.

Rivlin said the interfaith community should unite to face challenges such as 9/11 that was “created directly by distorted religious belief.”

“Our traditions have much in common,” Rivlin said. “We all share a deep concern for human life and dignity; we all believe that this planet does not belong to us, but we belong to it, and we must take good care of it.”

President of the Buddhist Association of China the Most Venerable Xue Cheng, one of the event’s speakers, discussed the importance of interfaith dialogue.

“I think we can make true friends, and really build mutual respect and understanding, and make a harmonious world. We can build common recognition as an example for the whole world, contributing to peace in the whole world,” Cheng said.

Posted on September 12, 2016 .