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

The President of the


Prof. Dr.Elizabeth Harris

Photo' Liz Harris

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).



The secretary of the


Dr. Martin Rötting


ENBCS Secretary

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

Chair of OCCURSO Insitute for interreligious and intercultural encounter e.V., Chaplain at Catholic University Chaplaincy of the University of Munich for international and interreligious affairs. He is currently teaching at the Ludwig-Maximilain University Munich and 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).


Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel


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 250 publications in the fields of religious pluralism, interreligious encounter, Buddhist Christian dialogue and Buddhist Studies. His Gifford-Lectures (2016) will be published in 2017 with Orbis Publishing House as “Religious Pluralism and Interreligious Theology”.

ENBCS Treasurer



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


“After my MA in Theology in Germany I went to Japan as a postgraduate in Intercultural Studies at ICU Tokyo. Here I got more familiar with Japanese Buddhism, spent several months in a Buddhist Monastery and started researching Buddhism on a wider scale.  My PhD has been a survey on Christian Existence in a Buddhist Context (Japan again).
And since then I organized Think Tanks and Conferences related to questions of Buddhist Christian Studies and also conducted seminars and lectures in this field (for example as a junior professor at Hamburg University 1988-1991). “
 -private scholar and author

-political and (inter-)cultural mediation and supervision

ESITIS (European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies), DGMW (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Missionswissenschaft), Current Position: Representative for Tourism, Culture and Public Relations of the Church of Lower Saxony//Upper Harz Region


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 responsible for the EBU network  “Connecting world-views“.


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”.