America's longest running Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue took place at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas last week. Nearly 30 Mahayana Buddhists from Northern California and Oregon met with Catholics from the Archdiocese of San Francisco as well as Oakland, including participants from Los Angeles and Washington D.C.
We make the claim that it is the longest-running because this is the fifth annual gathering of a group that was initially intended to be built on relationships. The rationale is that dialogue goes deeper when the participants get beyond the superficial exchanges of politeness and misunderstandings, and reach a level of trust that can lead to insight and real sharing.
The dialogue has accomplished that goal, judging by the energy and enthusiasm of the participants to return year after year.