Donald W. Mitchell

Donald W. Mitchell is professor emeritus of comparative philosophy at Purdue University; visiting professor of interreligious dialogue at Sophia University Institute, Florence, Italy; and editor of Claritas: Journal of Dialogue and Culture. He is a founder of the Society for Buddhist Christian Studies, Associate Editor of its journal, and was director of the International Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter. His work in interreligious dialogue includes dialogues for the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (MID), and the Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers (CADEIO). Most recently he organized Pope Francis’s new “dialogue of fraternity,” a Buddhist-Catholic dialogue for fellowship and joint social action in Rome with the PCID and the USCCB. Besides his lifelong work in the Buddhist-Christian dialogue, he spent ten years after 9/11 working on public diplomacy projects with the U. S. Department of State in predominately Muslim countries. Among his many publications are: Spirituality and Emptiness: The Dynamics of Spiritual Life in Buddhism and Christianity (1991); The Gethsemani Encounter (1997); Masao Abe: A Zen Life of Dialogue (1998); and Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience (2002).