• Ayesha Dhall

Raimon Panikkar: a champion of Interfaith dialogue

Updated: Jan 19, 2020

I heard about the late Raimon Panikkar during the Y4RH panel discussion. His biography is fascinating - he had a Hindu father and a Catalan Catholic mother. He completed his doctorate three times in Philosophy, Chemistry and Theology. He has also studied and taught in Spain, Italy, India and US.

His contribution to the Interfaith dialogue and research is truly impressive. He taught comparative religion at Harvard University and UC Santa Barbara. He also setup a Center for Cross Cultural Religious Studies at UCSB. He established the 'Raimon Panikkar Vivarium Foundation for Inter-cultural studies' in Barcelona. His book "The Unknown Christ of Hinduism" was path breaking and highly acclaimed academically.

I realise he was very prolific and produced many works and I hope to read some of them for sure. From his videos I can also see that he was a charismatic and energetic speaker and explained complex theories with amazing clarity and simplicity. It would have been a treat to have met him!

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