Dr. Maria Reis Habito

Buddhism / Christianity

Location of Activities

North America
International Program Director, Museum of World Religions, Taipei, Taiwan

Officer, Global Family for Love and Peace

Director, Elijah Interfaith Institute, USA

Board Member, Museum of World Religions, UK

Maria Reis Habito is the International Program Director of the Museum of World Religions, the Director of the Elijah Interfaith Institute USA, and a Zen Teacher authorized in the Sanbo Zen lineage. She has lived in Taiwan and studied the Chinese language (1979-1981), and in Kyoto, Japan, where she studied the Japanese language. She received her M.A. in Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies and Philosophy in 1985, and completed her Ph.D. at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich in 1990. After teaching at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, she assumed responsibility for the international Interfaith program of the Museum of World Religions in 2002. She joined the Elijah Interfaith Institute in 2003. From her office in Dallas, she has organized many international Interfaith conferences, notably a series of Buddhist-Muslim dialogues sponsored by Dharma Master Hsin Tao, Abbot of Ling Jhou Mountain Monastery in Taiwan, and the Museum of World Religions. Her publications address various issues in Interfaith Dialogue, Buddhist-Muslim Dialogue, Buddhist Christian interactions, as well as themes in spiritual practice in interfaith contexts. She is married and is the mother of two young adult sons.

Other positions:

- Zen Teacher, Sanbo Zen International Lineage

- Consultant, Fetzer Institute

Biography as at 02.11.17
Main Publications: 

1.) Reis Habito, Maria, tr. and ed., 2016. The Way of the Heart: Teachings of Dharma Master Hsin Tao.

2.) Yi, Bhikkhuni Liao, and Maria Reis Habito, ed. 2012. Heart to Heart: Buddhist-Muslim Encounters in Ladakh : Buddhist Muslim dialogue 2010.

3.) Yi, Bhikkhuni Liao and Maria Reis Habito, eds. 2005. Listening: Buddhist Muslim Dialogues 2002-2004.

4.) Reis Habito, Maria and Along Goshen Gottstein, eds., 2009. Die Krise des Heiligen.

5.) Reis Habito, Maria, hg. 2001, Weisheit und Barmherzigkeit: Meister Hsin Tao.

6.) Reis Habito, Maria. 2010. "The Notion of Buddha-Nature: An Approach to Buddhist-Muslim Dialogue". The Muslim World. 100 (2-3): 233-246.

7.) Reis Habito, Maria, 2009, "Master Hsin Tao's Vision: The Museum of World Religions," in Arvind Sharma, ed., The World's Religions after 9/11, Vol. 3, pp. 3-13.

8.) Reis Habito, Maria, 2002. "The Taipei, Taiwan, Museum of World Religions". Buddhist-Christian Studies. 22 (1): 203-205.

9.) Reis Habito, Maria. 2010. "The Notion of Buddha-Nature: An Approach to Buddhist-Muslim Dialogue". The Muslim World. 100 (2/3).

10.) Reis-Habito, Maria. 1993. "The Bodhisattva Guanyin and the Virgin Mary". Buddhist-Christian Studies. 13: 61-69.

11.) Reis Habito, Maria, 2005. "The Voice of God on Mount Sinai: Rabbinic Commentaries on Exodus 20:1 in Light of Sufi and Zen-Buddhist Texts (review)". Buddhist-Christian Studies. 24 (1): 278-283.

Areas of Actions: 
DialogueShared Human Values
Forms of Actions: 
Educational ProgrammesInformation Distribution