Buddhism in the Corridors of Brussels (EU) - Guest: Carlo Luyckx
European Buddha Podcast Nr. 38

In this episode of our podcast, we are honored to be joined by Carlo Luyckx, Vice President of The European Buddhist Union (EBU) and President of the Belgium Buddhist Union.

Carlo invites us into the world of his work, where diversity flourishes amidst the cultural mosaic of the European Union. His pivotal role as the EBU Representative to the European Union positions him as a crucial conduit between the Buddhist communities and Brussels.

During our dialogue, Carlo shares poignant anecdotes of his encounters with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, offering a glimpse into this connection.

As our conversation draws to a close, we are reminded of the profound significance of civic engagement in shaping our collective destiny. With the imminent elections for the new European Parliament on the horizon, each vote emerges as a potent instrument in safeguarding democracy, particularly during these tumultuous times.

Carlo Carlo Luyckx is Vice President of The European Buddhist Union, President of the Belgium Buddhist Union and EBU representative to the European Union for the EBU. His many activities concentrate around:

  • European affairs: director general of the Brussels-Europe Liaison Office for 24 years, general secretary of the European Movement-Belgium for 10 years, president of “Europe en Progrès” for 15 years, as Deputy -Mayor in charge of European Affairs for 18 years and EBU Liaison Officer to the EU
  • Interfaith dialogue: deputy Mayor, on a regional and national level, president of the BBU and as co-founder and vice-president of Emouna Belgium, and on the European and international level through the participation in the EBU interfaith Committee as well as in the Article 17 of the Treaty of Lisbon dialogue between the European institutions and the religious and philosophical organizations could be useful.
  • Human rights and Freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) within and outside de EU: in regular meetings with the Policy Officer in charge of Human rights and FoRB at the European External Action Service, the secretary of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on FoRB, the Special EU Envoy on FoRB outside the EU and with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on FoRB.
  • Relations with organizations such as the Representation of H.H. the Dalai Lama in Europe, the International Campaign for Tibet and with the Embassies of Buddhist countries for matters concerning Dharma-related topics.

The "European Buddha podcast" inquires how the wisdom of buddhism is lived and practiced in the „West“. Every last Friday of the month, Emilia Raunio and Martin Landschein welcome guests from various traditions on different topics. See more

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