The ENBCS is a international academic networked organized by a board, chaired by a president. For administative work there is a secretary and consultants.

Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel
ENBCS President
Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel, Professor of Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology, University of Muenster, is one of the founding members of the ENBCS. He has more than 300 publications in the fields of religious pluralism, interreligious encounter, Buddhist Christian dialogue and Buddhist Studies. His Gifford-Lectures (2015) have been published as Religious Pluralism and Interreligious Theology (Orbis Books 2017). Most recently he published Buddha Mind – Christ Mind. A Christian Commetary on the Bodhicaryāvatāra (Peeters 2019).


Prof. Dr.Elizabeth Harris

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Dr Elizabeth Harris is an Associate Professor in Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope University (UK). Previous to this, she was the national Inter-Faith Relations Officer for the Methodist Church in Britain, whilst also being an Honorary Lecturer at Birmingham University and a Visiting Lecturer at Lund University. She is Moderator of the Inter-Faith Theology Advisory Group of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, and an International Adviser to the Society for Buddhist-Christian Relations. She specializes in Buddhist Studies and inter-faith studies, and has published widely in both disciplines. Her publications include: What Buddhists Believe  (Oneworld, 1998): Theravada Buddhism and the British Encounter: Religious, missionary and colonial experience in nineteenth century Sri Lanka  (Routledge, 2006): Buddhism for a Violent World:  A Christian Reflection (Epworth, 2010/now published by SCM).


Ass. Prof. Dr. Martin Rötting

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ENBCS Secretary

“I am interested in spiritual pratices,  structures, identities and processes of interreligious learning in Buddhist Christian dialogue.”

Martin Rötting is the Director Religious Studies in Salburg University and Chair of OCCURSO Insitute for interreligious and intercultural encounter e.V., A former Chaplain at Catholic University Chaplaincy of the University of Munich for international and interreligious affairs. He is was teaching at the Ludwig-Maximilain University Munich and is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Salzburg. Recent Publications: Praxisbuch Interreligiöser Dialog (mit Simone sinn und Aykan Inan (Hgs.) (St. Ottilien 2012), Interreligiöses Lernen im buddhistisch-christlichen Dialog: lerntheoretischer Zugang und qualitativ-empirische Untersuchung in Deutschland und Südkorea (St. Ottilien, 2007), Religion in Bewegung (Münster, 2012), Navigation: Spirituelle Identität in einer interreligiösen Welt (St. Ottilien 2019).



Br. Josef Götz, OSB
Benedictine Abbey D-86 941  St. Ottilien Germany
email:  phone:   08193-71206  fax:  – 71332


PhD, Raquel Bouso Garcia


“I teach Ancient and Medieval philosophy, Religious traditions, and East Asian religions and thought. I am interested in issues of Intercultural philosophy, aesthetics, hermeneutics, and mysticism. My principal research area is Japanese Spiritual and Intellectual traditions, mainly Zen Buddhism and the Kyoto School. “

ENBCS Board member

Associate professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain)


Rev. Dr. Sybille C. Fritsch-Oppermann


Currently: private scholar and lecturer at Technical University Clausthal-representative for tourism, culture and public relations/Protestant Church of Hanover/Upper Harz Region Former: -studied Protestant Theology, Social Science, Musicology in Göttingen, Frankfurt/M and Munich -Postgraduate Studies at International Christian University, Tokyo in Comparative Culture (Cultural Studies) -Special Internship at the Ecumenical Institute Bossey, Switzerland – then reverend of the Church of Southern Hesse -PhD (Religious Studies): Christian Existence in a Buddhist Context/Katsumi Takizawa and Seiichi Yagi -guest lectureships and classes: (Hamburg (Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr), Heidelberg, Göttingen, Wuppertal, Essen, Bochum, Paderborn etc, also in Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, Scotland, Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Russia, Turkey, Tunis, Morocco, USA, Canada, Malaysia, Japan) -General Secretary of ICCJ -Head of the House of Church and Cultures, Rüsselsheim  Research Topics and Special Fields of Interest: Philosophy (of Religion), Religious Studies, Intercultural Hermeneutics, Science and Theology, Buddhist-Christian Studies, Jewish-German Relations, Islam in Germany Affiliations: enbcs (european network for buddhist christian studies/member of the board) ESITIS (European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies) ESSSAT/European Society for the Study of Science and Theology – no official membership EUARE Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes Europahaus Burgenland/Akademie Pannonien (Beirat)


Dr. John O Grady


John O’Grady took his PhD in the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, in 2010. He is a teacher and part-time lecturer and is a member of European Network of Buddhist-Christian Studies. With Cathy Higgins and Jude Lal Fernando he is editor of Mining Truths: Festschrift in honour of Geraldine Smyth OP – ecumenical theologian and peacebuilder (EOS, 2015).


Kurt Gakuro Krammer


Kurt Gakuro Krammer is a Buddhist pracitioner and has been active in Interreligious Dialogue for over 30 years. Currently he heads the “Institute for the Study of Buddhism and Dialogue of Religions” in Salzburg, Austria, offering lectures and meditation classes. He has been an active member of European Buddhist Union since 1993, served as its vice president for a term and is currently a member of the board of convenors for the network “Buddhist Teachers in Europe”.


Dr. habil. Martin Repp

Martin Repp

Martin Repp is presently Secretary for Dialogue with Asian Religions of the Church of Hesse & Nassau (Germany). 1989-2004: Associate Director of the NCC Center for the Study of Japanese Religions (Kyoto), Editor of its journal Japanese Religions, and Coordinator of the Interreligious Studies in Japan Program (ISJP). 2004-2009: Professor for Comparative Religious Studies at Ryukoku University (Kyoto). His research focuses on Japanese Buddhism, Japanese new religions, structures of religious innovation processes, and intra- & inter-religious communications. Monographs:

Die Transzendierung des Theismus in der Religionsphilosophie Paul Tillichs (1986; doctoral dissertation); Aum Shinrikyō – Ein Kapitel krimineller Religionsgeschichte (1997); Das religiöse Denken Hōnens – Eine Untersuchung zu Strukturen religiöser Erneuerung (2005; post-doctoral treatise); Mondō to ronsō no bukkyō. Shūkyō-teki komyunikēshon no shatei (Didactic conversations and disputations in Buddhism – Investigating the scope of religious communications. Ed., together with Yoshiyuki Inoue; 2011); Mutō Kazuo, Christianity and the Notion of Nothingness – Contributions to Buddhist-Christian Dialogue from the Kyoto School (Ed., transl. by Jan van Bragt; 2012).


André van der Braak

André van der Braak

André van der Braak is professor of Buddhist Philosophy in Dialogue with other World Views at the faculty of Religion and Theology of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His publications include “Nietzsche and Zen: Self-overcoming without a Self” (Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2011). Since 2013 he has been project leader of the research project “Multiple Religious Belonging: Hermeneutical and Empirical Explorations of Hybrid Religiosity”.