C.V.        Lucien F. Cosijns

The first part of my life was a convent life of 22 years in the Catholic missionary congregation of Scheut (cicm), Belgium, of which the last 14 years was spent in missionary activities in Japan. After my study in Japan of Buddhism in general, with many contacts and discussions with Buddhist friends, clerics as well as lay people, and after having become part of the Japanese way of life, I did not see the sense anymore of converting the Japanese to the Christian faith.
In 1965, my second life started as a businessman with my own company Euro-Japan Consulting Ltd., Mortsel, Belgium, with subsidiary office in Tokyo, and 65 business trips to Japan and Southeast Asian countries, until the taking over of the company by our youngest son in the spring of 1997.

In 1993, from the permanent awareness of the escalating poverty and conflict problems of our world and from the desire to do something about it, my third life started as a merge of the first with the second, by my becoming involved in the promotion of the interreligious/intercultural dialogue, first as a side activity, and from 1997 as a full time occupation, attending interfaith meetings in Europe, the USA, India, Sri Lanka and other countries. In November 1994, after a meeting with Buddhist priests in Japan, as a kind of inspiration, I wrote down the first version of the Interfaith Dialogue Guidelines, which have grown out to the present Guidelines as they are in my internet homepage.

The many encounters with all too many different organisations have prevented me from joining whatever one of them, and to give priority in my individual contacts to the United Religions Initiative as launched in 1995 by the Episcopalian Bishop William Swing, San Francisco. This initiative to create a United Religions Organisation is actually the only initiative as a global project, which could come to a  collaboration with the political and economic world to find together solutions to the economic and social conditions and structures which are at the origin of most of our world problems.
All this has resulted in a present worldwide correspondence network of more than 200 persons and organisations, committed to the interfaith dialogue. The gist of my commitment has been put down in the texts which you can find in and hopefully copy from my Internet homepage.

December 1-8, 1999, participated in the international interfaith meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, with more than 6,000 participants, organized by the Council for a Parliament of World’s Religions, Chicago.

May 5 to 30, 2000, interfaith dialogue tour with several meetings in each country, organized by my correspondents in India (6-11th), Sri Lanka (12-20th) and Japan (20-29th).

June 6, 2001: invited to and participated in the DIM/MID (Monastic Interfaith Dialogue)in the Cistercian Abbey in Orval, Belgium.

Sept.15, 2001: attended the ‘Interreligieus Beraad’ (IB) meeting in St.Paul church in Rotterdam.

Jan.27-Feb.21, 2002: in India, attending the interfaith dialogue meeting (Feb.3-8) in Coimbatore as one of the panel speakers (120 participants), and visited the Darmaram College in Bangalore (3 days), Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, where I stayed at the Catholic Bishop’s House, and Chennai, staying at the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College.

Apr.25-30, 2003: Russia, St. Petersburg, attending “An Interfaith Perspective on Globalization”, at the Znamenka Palace, organized by Dr. Kamran Mofid, UK. (40 attendants)

July 26- Aug. 3, 2003: participation with as presentation text “Global Changes in the Faith Communities” in the “Religion and Globalization” Conference, organized by the Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. 130 Participants.

April 24 – May 10, 2004: study tour of the Islamic Republic of Iran, with participation in the World Conference on Motahari’s Thoughts” , Tehran, 25-28 April, 2004 with as subject Religion, Freedom of Thinking and Revival of Religious Thought”. My presentation: Union in Collaboration, on the evolution and changes in the faith communities and in the world since the 1940’s (see my website).
July 7-13, 2004  attended 2004 Parliament of the World's Religions,  4 yearly  interfaith dialogue meeting,  Barcelona, Spain, with as theme: Pathways to Peace: The Wisdom of Listening, The Power of Commitment, attended by some 7.000 people from all over the world and from almost all faith communities.

May 18, 2006 meeting with The Eliyah Interfaith Institute, Rev. Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein, Jerusalem, Israel.

August 26, 2006: meeting in Belgium with Rev. Brother Martin, Benedictine order of Camaldoli (Italy), living in the Shantivanam Ashram in India.

From 2014, discontinued all participation in exterior meetings, continuing only mail correspondence and website management.

Lucien F. Cosijns, Middensteenweg 240/A26, 2530 Boechout, Belgium
Tel. +32 3 455.6880