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Title: PNC teaduskonverentsil Macau ülikoolis tutvustati Eesti Njingma rahvusvahelisi projekte by Pille Repnau
Publisher: EPL
Date: Oct 28, 2015
Link: http://ajaleht.epl.ee/forte/pnc-teaduskonverentsil-macau-ulikoolis-tutvustati-eesti-njingma-rahvusvahelisi-projekte?id=72814443
27.–29. septembrini 2015. a toimus Macau ülikoolis PNC (Pacific Neighborhood Consortium) aastakonverents, kus sel aastal olid peateemadeks andmebaasid ja informatsiooni edastamine avalikel veebilehtedel. Read more






Title: Presentation of Buddhism & Australia Projects at the Pacific Neighborhood Consortium 2015 Conference
Publisher: Buddhistdoor Global
Date: Oct 23, 2015
Link: http://www.buddhistdoor.net/news/presentation-of-buddhism-amp-australia-projects-at-the-pacific-neighborhood-consortium-2015-conference
Projects associated with Buddhism & Australia were presented at the Pacific Neighborhood Consortium (PNC) 2015 Annual Conference and Joint Meeting at the University of Macau last month as part of the special Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI) workshops hosted by UC Berkeley. Co-organized by Academia Sinica (Taiwan), UC Berkeley (USA), and the University of Macau, the main theme of the conference, which ran from 27–29 September, was “Taking Private Data into the Public Domain.” Read more





Title: How would you know if your neighbour is a Buddhist?
Publisher:
Date: April 16, 2014
Link: http://mattstone.blogs.com/christian/2014/04/buddhist-neighbour.html
What images arise in your imagination when you hear the word "Buddhist"?

This guy here is Vello Väärtnõu, the Perth-based head of Estonian Nyingma Buddhism. Read more





Title: Chinese Buddhist encyclopedia one year old and growing fast
Publisher: The Asian Studies Association of Australia's E-Bulletin "Asian Currents"
Date: February 2014
Link: http://asaa.asn.au/publications/ac/2014/asian-currents-14-02.pdf
An ambitious project to digitise Chinese Buddhist resources celebrates its first year.

The end of 2012 marked an important milestone in academic Buddhism. During the Pacific Neighbourhood Consortium Annual Conference, held at Berkeley University on 7–9 December, Vello Vaartnou, a Buddhist monk from Australia, launched his voluminous new project, an online Chinese Buddhist encyclopedia.

It has taken Vaartnou many years to accumulate the knowledge and merit to start such a massive undertaking—one that is expected to continue long after most of our lifetimes.

Vaartnou has been a dedicated Buddhist for over 40 years and has educated people in Buddhism in many countries. He established the practical Buddhist tradition in Estonia during S oviet ti mes, when religious activity was punishable, and introduced the first Buddhist objects into the Estonian intellectual and religious landscape. He has translated Buddhist books and texts, built stupas, prayer wheels and temples. In 1988 he established the f irst opposition party against communists in the 70-year history of the Soviet Union before being expelled from the country .

Vaartnou is the author of two online Buddhist encyclopedias, the founder of two annual international Buddhist conferences, in Europe and Australia, and is an internationally recognised thangka ( a painting on cotton, or silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala of some sort ) master.

Since 2010 he has been developing international educational projects in Australasia, initiating the international Buddhism & Australia conferences , an online History of Buddhist Australia , exhibitions and an online Chinese Buddhist encyclopedia.

The first entries for the Chinese Buddhist encyclopedia were posted in December 2012. Since then the encyclopedia has grown to 20 000 articles in English and 4000 in Chinese. Vaartnou continue s his work on the project, a lready considered one of the biggest online resources on Buddhism. Speaking on the first anniversary of the Chinese Buddhist encyclopedia , Vaartnou outlined his plans to develop the encyclopedia in different languages .

‘I see it evolving into a world Buddhist encyclopedia, with sub-encyclopedias containing information about Buddhism by country and language,’ he said.

The encyclopedia has many stages of development — collecting and posti ng all existing digitised materials ; digitising additional historical texts, documents and materials ; and creating and promoting new forms of Buddhist education.

The encyclopedia currently has 36 categories with over 1400 sub-categories as well as Sanskrit , Pali, Tibetan, Japanese, Chinese and Zen dictionaries.

Chinese Buddhism has a rich and colourful history and presence. China has a large amount of varying Buddhist materials, including texts, chronicles, commentaries from practitioners, sutras, tantras, paintings, sculptures, temples, shrines, monasteries. Numerous different Buddhist traditions are still practised in China, which results in even more variety in available Buddhist materials from there.

‘China has one of the biggest populations of Buddhist s in the world,’ Vaartnou said . ‘Along with its significant and increasing global influence, it has great potential to preserve and develop the Buddhist tradition, and to influence the development of Buddhism globally.

‘To maximise the impact on more Buddhist readers around the globe, I’ve started the on l ine Buddhist encyclopedia of China , in both Chinese and English. The encyclopedia introduces different aspects and approa ches, and will not exclude any Buddhist materials that are not directly related to China ,’ he said.

Vaartnou said the encyclopedia created an advanced online source of Buddhist knowledge by bringing together Buddhists, academics, students and organisations.

‘There’s a great gap between Chinese and English-speaking Buddhists, and the encyclopedia provides an opportunity to learn and s tudy Buddhism in English and Chinese and in many more languages in the future,’ he said .

The huge amount of work on compiling the encyclopedia has been done by Vaartnou and one volunteer working 16 to 18 hour days. The project has been entirely funded to date by Vaartnou himself.

Vaartnou emphasises that the encyclopedia’s key aim is preservation.

‘The online world poses a potential threat to traditional forms of Buddhist materials,’ he said.

‘In addition, if Buddhism doesn’t adapt to this changing scenario it risks becoming irrelevant.

‘The influence of the internet has been dramatic over the past 20 years, but it also has a potentially negative dimension, including repetitive and flawed information and incorrect terminology.

But these changing time s also provide new opportunities; the Chinese Buddhist e ncyclopedia is just one example of how these changes can be skilfully used to the advantage of Buddhism.’

Vaartnou plans to visit Taiwan, Mongolia and Bhutan soon to discuss the further development of the project. Read more





Title: The First Year Anniversary of Vello Vaartnou's Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia
Publisher: Buddhistdoors- New Lotus
Date: 07 February, 2014
Link: http://newlotus.buddhistdoor.com/en/news/d/38368
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Title: Australia: Trang web Bách khoa toàn thư Phật giáo Trung Quốc kỷ niệm một năm hoạt động
Publisher:
Date: January 24, 2014
Link: http://www.thegioiphatgiao.vn/phatgiaoquocte/sukien/australia-trang-web-bach-khoa-toan-thu-phat-giao-trung-quoc-ky-niem-mot-nam-hoat-dong
Trang web Bách khoa toàn thư Phật giáo Trung Quốc (Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia – CBE, www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com) Read more





Title: TQ: Từ điển Phật học số hóa tròn một tuổi (Vietnamese)
Publisher: Chungdilacanquang.com
Date: 20 January, 2014
Link: http://chungdilacanquang.com/home/tq-tu-dien-phat-hoc-so-hoa-tron-mot-tuoi.html
Từ điển Phật học số hóa Trung Quốc (CBE) gần đây đã đánh dấu một năm với tư cách là nguồn tài nguyên miễn phí và hoàn thiện cho nghiên cứu Phật học trực tuyến. Read more





Title: Vello Vaartnou and the Encyclopedia of Chinese Buddhism
Publisher: Global Buddhism Blog
Date: 19 January, 2014
Link: http://globalbuddhism.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/vello-vaartnou-and-the-encyclopedia-of-chinese-buddhism/
The following is an interview with Australian-based Estonian Buddhist monk and scholar Vello Vaartnou. It details an exciting project he has been working on since 2012 to develop the Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia, an online Wikipedia-style production which seeks to collect and curate knowledge about Buddhism. The emphasis is on Chinese Buddhism, as the name suggests, but the the Encyclopedia sets out to provide a repository of knowledge about Buddhism generally. It therefore promises to be of interest to Buddhists, regardless of tradition. Read more





Title: Digital Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia celebrates one year online
Publisher: Buddhadharma - The Practitioner's Quarterly Online
Date: January 16, 2014
Link: http://www.lionsroar.com/digital-chinese-buddhist-encyclopedia-celebrates-one-year-online/
The ambitious and comprehensive digital Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia (CBE) recently marked one year as a fully realized, free resource for online Buddhist study. The project is largely the effort of Estonian monk Vello Vaartnou, who currently resides in Australia. Read more





Title: The First Year of Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia
Publisher: BBN - Buddhist Broadcasting Network
Date: December 29, 2013
Link: http://www.bbncommunity.com/the-first-year-of-chinese-buddhist-encyclopedia/
The end of the year 2012 marked an important milestone in academic Buddhism. During the PNC conference held at Berkeley University on 7-9 December, VelloVaartnou , a Buddhist monk from Australia, launched his voluminous new project, an online Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia.... Read more





Title: The First Year of Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia
Publisher: DhammaInfo
Date: December 29, 2013
Link: http://dhammainfo.com/en/news/organization-news/1127
The end of the year 2012 marked an important milestone in academic Buddhism. During the PNC conference held at Berkeley University on 7-9 December, VelloVaartnou , a Buddhist monk from Australia, launched his voluminous new project, an online Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia.

It has taken Vaartnou many years to accumulate the knowledge and merit to start such a massive undertaking – one that is expected to continuelong after most of our lifetimes. Read more





Title: Budismi entsüklopeedia koostaja Vello Väärtnõu: Budism on mu ainus kirg (In Estonian)
Publisher: Telegram.ee
Date: December 16, 2013
Link: http://www.telegram.ee/vaimsus/hiina-budismi-entsuklopeedia-koostaja-vello-vaartnou-budism-on-mu-ainus-kirg
Eelmise aasta lõpul tehti Berkeley ülikooli PNC aastakonverentsil taas ajalugu akadeemilise teaduse vallas, kusjuures tegijaks oli Eestist pärit budist Vello Väärtnõu, kes juba aastakümneid on Rootsi kodanik ning kellele Austraalia omistas kodakondsuse kui silmapaistvalt andekale isikule (Distinguished Talented Visa) 2010. aastal. Vello Väärtnõu panusest “Hiina Budismi Entsüklopeedia” (Chinese Buddhism Encyclopedia) koostamisel ja budismi üldisemal levitamisel kirjutab Marju Broder. Read more





Title: The First Year of Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia
Publisher: Myanmar.com
Date: December 15, 2013
Link: http://www.myanmar.com/religion/buddhism/entry/the-first-year-of-chinese-buddhist-encyclopedia.html
The end of the year 2012 marked an important milestone in academic Buddhism. During the PNC conference held at Berkeley university on 7-9 December, Vello Vaartnou , a Buddhist monk from Australia, launched his voluminous new project, an online Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia. It has taken Vaartnou many years to accumulate knowledge and merit to start such a massive undertaking – one that is expected to continue still long after most of our lifetimes. Read more





Title: What`s up in Perth, Western Australia?
Publisher: BBN - Buddhist Broadcasting Network
Date: December 2, 2013
Link: http://www.bbncommunity.com/whats-perth-western-australia/
Many new fascinating Buddhist events have been initiated in Perth, Western Australia in the last 3 years.

In 2011 was the starting year for the international Buddhist conferences Buddhism & Australia and the online History of Buddhist Australia. Same year in June, in Perth Town Hall, the Buddhist Photo Exhibition was held. Online Chinese Buddhist Encyclopaedia project, which is based in Western Australia, was introduced to the international public at the world top PNC / ECAI conference at Berkeley University in December, 2012. Few months later the 2nd Buddhism & Australia conference was held in January 2013. Read more





Title: What about this Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia?
Publisher: Buddhistdoors- New Lotus
Date: March 20, 2013
Link: http://newlotus.buddhistdoor.com/en/news/d/27467
To meet the man named Vello Väärtnõu is to encounter a personal force with a steady burn of passion and strong sense of mission and duty to his religious calling. In decades past, he was a former Freedom Fighter on the Estonian front against Russian occupation and over time has transformed into a Dharma Fighter in new and different ways. On the one hand, he strives to broaden Buddhism in Australia from his base in western Australia. He hosts annual conferences to bring Buddhist communities together in academic and cultural exchange. Read more





Title: Vello Väärtnõu and his new project- Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia
Publisher: Estonian World Review
Date: January 28, 2013
Link: http://www.eesti.ca/vello-vaartnou-and-his-new-project-chinese-buddhist-encyclopedia/article38563
Väärtnõu presented recently the topic of Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia on a world top conference in Berkeley University in December 7-9, 2012. The news has been broadcasted earlier in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mongolia and elsewhere even before he actually started his project. Read more





Title: Vello Väärtnõu presentation about Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia at Berkeley University PNC conference
Publisher: Buddhistdoors - Buddhist Treasures
Date: December 2012
Link: http://reading.buddhistdoor.com/en/item/d/1684
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Title: Dự án xây dựng bộ bách khoa Phật giáo trực tuyến (Vietnamese)
Publisher: Giác Ngộ Online
Date: July 2, 2012
Link: http://giacngo.vn/phatgiaonuocngoai/2012/07/05/33C013/
GNO - Một nhà sư người Estonia đã đến thăm Đài Loan để tìm tài liệu cho bộ bách khoa Phật giáo Anh - Trung trực tuyến, đã gọi Đài Loan là "một cõi tịnh độ" với nguồn tài nguyên phong phú về Phật giáo. Read more





Title: Estonian monk visits Taiwan to build online Buddhist encyclopedia
Publisher: China News Center
Date: July 2, 2012
Link: http://www.chinamedia.com/news/2012/07/02/estonian-monk-visits-taiwan-to-build-online-buddhist-encyclopedia/
Taipei, July 1 (CNA) An Estonian monk has visited Taiwan to find materials for an online English-Chinese Buddhist encyclopedia, calling Taiwan “a pure land” with abundant Buddhist resources. Vello Vaartnou, who built the first Buddhist monastery in Estonia, told CNA recently after a trip to Taiwan that the country plays a “crucial” role in his encyclopedia project, given its rich Buddhist resources and educated translators of Buddhist texts. Read more





Title: Venerable Vello Vaartnou interview in Buddhistdoors - Hong Kong (Video)
Publisher: Buddhistdoor
Date: May 31, 2012
Link: http://vimeo.com/43165515
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