This annual conference is organized by Perth based non-for-profit educational organisation Buddhism & Australia Inc , the Estonian Nyingma' foundation in Perth, and is hosted by Edith Cowan University School of Arts and Humanities.
As Western Australian universities do not have Buddhist studies until today until today, Buddhism & Australia is the only academic annual Buddhist conference in WA ( as well in Australia).
The author and main organizer of the conference is Vello Vaartnou, the head of Buddhism & Australia Inc and Estonian Nyingma who established the practical Buddhist tradition in Estonia in the 80s, built all five Estonian stupas and created first Estonian thangkas. Today Vaartnou is the author of two international Buddhist conferences and two online Buddhist encyclopedias. His latest project, an online Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia, was launched at the UC Berkeley in 2012 by the author and it was called a Century Project before its actual beginning. By now it has over 53 000 articles, all illustrated and cross-linked. In 2011, Vaartnou initiated an online Australian Buddhist History project which aims to collect and preserve Australian Buddhist history.
Estonian Nyingma/Buddhism & Australia has represented Australia at the 10th Anniversary of Buddhist studies in Hongkong University, at the UC Berkeley PNC 2015 conferences in Macau University, PNC 2016 conference in Los Angeles etc.
About the IC Buddhism & Australia 2017
This year's conference brings together 18 speakers from UK, Finland, India, Mongolia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Australia, China, Sri Lanka.
A diverse range of topics will be discussed including:
The Transmission of Buddhism in the West; From Cover Girls to Monastic Banking: lay and monastic economic ethics in pre-modern and contemporary Tibetan culture; What is Happiness; What's a Buddhist to Do? Explorations in Nihilism; Buddhagaya, the Light of Asia and Struggle for Spiritual Mastery; The Ten Kinds of Equanimity (Upekha); A Critical Quest for the "Dharma Lineage" of Chin-Nikàya, the Buddhist Sangha Founded by Chinese Immigrant Monks in Thailand; Early Buddhist Critique of the Brahminical Theory of Varṇadharma and Svadharma; Advancements and Challenges of Buddhist Nuns in Bangladesh.
The speakers will expand on Negotiating Belief in a Tibetan Buddhist Forum, Buddhist Philosophy & Mindfulness, Need of value based education in the twenty-first century: Perspectives of Buddhism; Buddhist View on Environment etc.
It's a great opportunity to engage with Buddhist history and philosophy and also meet and hear from Buddhists, monks, lay Buddhists and scholars in an inviting and relaxed setting.
When: 2 -4 February, 2017
4th February session is for the speakers only
Organising Chair: Marju Broder
|Estonians are organizing international academic Buddhist conferences in Australia Small group of Estonians are organizing already the 6th International Conference Buddhism & Australia that will be held on 2-4 February, 2017 in Perth.|